The news is coming out that pre-orders for relaunched Valiant Comics‘ first title, X-O Manowar has topped 42,000 copies! 42,000 copies would certainly put the book in the top 50 comics for May, and could possibly be the best selling book not published by DC or Marvel.
The buzz for this relaunch is high, just check out the Valiant’s Twitter page. X-O Manowar, by New York Times best selling writer Robert Venditti and artist Cary Nord, is just the beginning of the Summer of Valiant goes on sale this Wednesday, May 2.
You can expect demand for this book to be hot, especially it’s QR Code Voice Variant, which will be the first comic to ever have a talking cover, thanks to the internet. Add to the fact that X-O will feature in Valiant’s Free Comic Book Day offering, (Saturday May 5) and you can bet this book will be hard to find by the end of the week.
Fans of the original Valiant Comics may recall how the early issues were printed in relatively low numbers, and how demand for those first issues skyrocketed after their Unity crossover. So if you are on the fence about picking up X-O Manowar, or any of Valiant’s other upcoming #1’s Harbinger, Bloodshot, and Archer & Armstrong, you better make up you mind pretty quick, especially if you want to get the “Pullbox Exclusive” cover.
For those who may not remember, Valiant Comics originally rose to prominence in the early 1990’s, led by Jim Shooter, Bob Layton, Barry Windsor-Smith, and others. They started with a handful of characters licensed from the Western Publishing/Dell Comics like Solar, Man of the Atom, Magnus Robot Fighter, and Turok, Son of Stone and then introduced their own original titles including X-O Manowar and Harbinger. Valiant started small, focusing on good stories, with a strong continuity between titles.
In 1992, Valiant won its first of two Best Publisher awards from comic distributor Diamond. The first award was for Best Publisher under 5% Market Share. The following year Valiant won Best Publisher over 5% Market Share, becoming the first outside of Marvel and DC to ever win Best Publisher over 5%.
War is coming.
The Summer of Valiant is here!