BOOK OF DEATH #1-4 (Robert Venditti / Gill, Braithwaite)

De juillet à octobre, l’éditeur Valiant Entertainment publiera la saga évènement Book Of Death supervisée par Robert Venditti (pionnier de Valiant depuis le lancement de X-O Manowar) et illustrée en alternance par Robert Gill et Doug Braithwaite (Imperium).

Suivant les évènements de la mini-série The Valiant, le Guerrier Éternel doit protéger la petite Tama. Cette dernière est en possession du Livre du Geomancer qui contient rien de moins que l’avenir de l’univers. Bien entendu, tout le monde veut mettre la main dessus pour savoir de quoi sera fait demain.

En parallèle, l’éditeur publiera chaque mois un one-shot intitulé « The Fall of… ». Ils s’intéresseront aux derniers combats de quatre des héros majeurs de l’univers Valiant: The Fall of Bloodshot (juillet), The Fall of Ninjak (août), The Fall of Harbinger (septembre), The Fall of X-O Manowar (octobre).

[quote=« Venditti »]We know that the Geomancer is this mystical entity who has a connection to planet Earth – we’re going to expand on what this means for the Valiant Universe as a whole. Following Kay’s death there is now a problem globally – I don’t want to call them natural disasters because they’re so much more horrific than that, but it’s like the natural world is reacting to humanity in an extremely hyper-violent, unexplained way. There’s a mystery as to why this is occurring, and how the new Geomancer may be the answer. Is this the start of a new Dark Age, and if so – is she here to ward it off?

So the two of them go into hiding, and the rest of the Valiant Universe is looking for them. Having done this for many centuries, Gilad sees things in a more long-term manner, whereas the rest of the Valiant Universe sees only a micro, short-term view. Gilad is doing what he thinks is right to protect the geomancer and earth itself, whilst the rest of the Valiant Universe thinks that he is wrong.[/quote]


Le site de l’éditeur:

Quelques nouveau teasers pour le mystérieux projet Book of Death annonçant la chute de Bloodshot, Ninjak, Harbinger et X-O Manowar.


Secret valiants ?

Les premières pages signées Robert Gill:


[quote]Book of Death #1
Story by Robert Venditti
Art by Robert Gill, Dough Braithwaite
Cover by Robert Gill, Cary Nord, Clayton Crain
Publisher Valiant Entertainment
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date Jul 15th, 2015
Valiant is proud to present the first lettered preview of BOOK OF DEATH #1 (of 4) – the 40-PAGE FIRST ISSUE of Valiant’s cataclysmic event from New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (ARMOR HUNTERS, Green Lantern) and blockbuster artists Robert Gill (ETERNAL WARRIOR) and Doug Braithwaite (UNITY, Justice)! So let it be written… So let it be done… On July 15th, the next two thousand years of history collide with the most powerful heroes of today right here in the must-read event of the summer!
The Valiant heroes. X-O Manowar. Bloodshot. Ninjak. The Harbinger Renegades. Unity. This is how they lived. This is how they died.
Now we know. The Book of the Geomancer has recorded it all. But only a young girl – the last in a line of the enigmatic mystics who protect the Earth known as Geomancers – has seen this future come to pass, from the coming cataclysm to the dawn of the 41st century. Alone with her sworn protector, the Eternal Warrior – a soldier battle-forged across five thousand years of combat – the duo must defy their allies to stop the Dark Age that now threatens to eclipse our world.
Together, they are the number one target of every hero and villain on Earth. Either the Eternal Warrior hands her over…or they take him down. But can even he single-handedly protect one child when the entire Valiant Universe wages war against him?
On July 15th, Valiant’s most powerful heroes are all that stand between the present day and the Dark Age that is to come in BOOK OF DEATH #1 (of 4) – featuring covers by Robert Gill (ARMOR HUNTERS: HARBINGER), Cary Nord (X-O MANOWAR, Conan), Clayton Crain (RAI, X-Force), Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic (Thor), Pere Perez (ARCHER & ARMSTRONG), and Paolo Rivera (THE VALIANT, Daredevil)! Featuring the last stands of Valiant icons, the first appearances of all-new heroes, and tantalizing clues of future events, BOOK OF DEATH is the gateway to the next decade of the Valiant Universe that will have fans returning to each issue for years to come!
Discover the forces behind the most acclaimed superhero universe in comics as all-star creators Robert Venditti, Robert Gill, and Doug Braithwaite forge the future of the Valiant Universe …and rain, fire, blood and war on the heroes of today, only in BOOK OF DEATH #1 (of 4)![/quote]


Le scénariste Robert Venditti profitera des rares extraits du Livre du Geomancer (illustrés par Doug Braithwaite) pour instiller quelques informations sur l’avenir des séries Valiant.

[quote]My answer to that, without giving to much away, is that I can absolutely promise you that some of what we see in the Book of Geomancer excerpt pages are absolutely going to happen in the Valiant Universe. I know this because I go to the writers retreats, where we all sit around a table and talk about the directions of our stories. Those particular items were picked specifically because I know they’re going to happen.

You can tell how much content there is in those excerpt pages. There are a lot of things that we’re putting down. Some of those are things I’m just postulating, or using my own imagination or creativity. Others are things that I know are going to happen. That’s part of the fun of it. I would hope that readers would read this story, and see those pages, and on top of it just being an adventure with Gilad and Tama and the rest of the Valiant Universe, we’ll have another added element of fun. You can look at that and almost use it as a checklist going forward. “Oh, here’s this thing that happened in Book X. I remember reading about that in Book of Death. Check that one off.”

They’ll see which ones they can check off as we come into the coming years in the Valiant Universe, and which ones remain out there to be explored.[/quote]


Quelques pages supplémentaires:

[quote=« Warren Simons »]We only started publishing about three to four years ago. We’re in a position where we’re still trying to showcase all of the characters to some extent. It’s the same reason we launched originally with only four books and not nine.

I felt Harbinger Wars did a great job of showcasing the Harbinger kids and Bloodshot, and Armor Hunters did a great job of showcasing X-O Manowar. On one hand, we’re still relatively young and working to naturally highlight our characters; on the other, Armor Hunters grew organically from the story Rob was telling in X-O Manowar, Harbinger Wars was a direct result of how we launched both Harbinger and Bloodshot, but with Book of Death we’ve reached a place where we’re not shoe-horning something in. Now, we’re building upon what we’ve published previously.[/quote]

[quote=« Venditti »]Obviously, it’s news now that Master Darque is going to be the primary villain, and he was a part of this right from the pitching phase with Warren. I was reading up on the series and looking back through the history of Valiant and its past stories and characters. Then, I found Master Darque. He looked really fun, really interesting, and seemed like he’d be someone who could get me out of my comfort zone. He’s much more of a horror themed character, and I’ve never done anything like that.

I’m always trying to get better as a writer and expand my skillset, so I’m really excited to be working with Master Darque.

Beyond that, there’s going to be a ton of new content in the first issue alone. Favorite characters that people are used to seeing, like Ninjak and Livewire; however, there are also going to be first appearances from classic characters from old Valiant continuity as well. It’s possibly the most amount of content I’ve ever put into any comic I’ve ever written just in terms of volume of concepts and things that are introduced. It’s part of what drew me to the project in the first place – being able to just put all of these threads out there that future writers – either myself or others – may choose to pull on. It’s a great chance to put some new toys in the toy box for others to play with in the future.[/quote]


Ci-dessous, cinq pages supplémentaires de Book of Death #2:


[quote]Book of Death #2
Story by Robert Venditti
Art by Robert Gill, Doug Braithwaite
Colors by David Baron
Letters by Dave Lanphear
Cover by Cary Nord, Clayton Crain, Kano
Publisher Valiant Entertainment
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date Aug 19th, 2015
A new dark age of the Valiant Universe draws nearer as the events foretold in the Geomancer’s BOOK OF DEATH unfold!
Convinced the unnatural disasters tearing our world apart are a direct result of the new Geomancer’s arrival, the combined forces of the Valiant Universe are forced to confront the Eternal Warrior about his new charge. But to prevent civilization from falling into a new Dark Age, the Eternal Warrior won’t go down without a fight! Valiant architect Robert Venditti (X-O MANOWAR) and rising star Robert Gill (ARMOR HUNTERS: HARBINGER) bring you the next chapter in the summer blockbuster that promises to alter the Valiant Universe as you know it! Plus: new visions of the future that awaits – illustrated by superstar artist Doug Braithwaite (IMPERIUM)![/quote]


Cinq pages de Book of Death #3:


[quote=« Venditti »]From the beginning of The Book of Death, this is something that I’ve had on my mind in terms of how I would work that out. He’s kind of been on the receiving end of a number of fights in the Valiant Universe, you know? And I’m just as guilty of placing him there as anyone else on any of the other books. In X-O Manowar’s“Homecoming” arc when Aric returns back to Earth, he tries to conquer Romania and has his first meeting with the Eternal Warrior in the modern day, making quick work of him by snapping his arm.

The Eternal Warrior’s been on the losing end of a number of fights and I just found myself asking, “Why would that be?” He’s just someone who has a wisdom beyond what anyone can comprehend. It seemed to me he’d have a long game plan there. He’d be up to something by making himself look weaker to someone like Aric or Ninjak and take them by surprise. This way, it sets the stage for this fight in a fashion that respects what came before while still feeling organic and surprising in that given moment.[/quote]

[quote=« Kindt »] But for this issue, I really tried not to think too much about the death scene. Instead, I wanted to take what we know about him now and bring the reader forward a hundred or so years into the future. I think that was kind of my idea from the beginning – I want to jump ahead one hundred years! But then I realized he wasn’t an eternal warrior, so I seeded some ideas early on in Ninjak. He doesn’t have any powers, but he is into meditation and he’s always been into various philosophies. So, I used that to help bring him forward for one final battle.

That’s the fun thing: not necessarily the death, but what happened to Unity? To Livewire? What is Ninjak and Eternal Warrior’s relationship like after a hundred years? That was the important thing to me. In Unity, they’re always at odds – bickering, fighting. In this issue, you see over time they’ve become the best of friends. They’re very much alike. It was important that not only did they reconcile, but they became really close over time.[/quote]


[quote]BOOK OF DEATH #4

Robert Venditti
Robert Gill, Doug Braithwaite
Cary Nord, Mico Suayan, Marguerite Sauvage, [more…]
Valiant Entertainment
Oct 28th, 2015

An evil Geomancer has torn the world asunder… The dark puppet master pulling the strings has been unmasked… And the Valiant Universe as we know it is being torn apart… The end is here!

Now, not even the combined might of the Valiant’s best and brightest can avert the coming apocalypse – not without a sacrifice, that is. Who will pay the ultimate price to avoid the Armageddon promised in the pages of the Book of the Geomancer? And how will it irrevocably change the course of Valiant Universe?

All the answers are here in the climactic final chapter by longtime Valiant scribe Robert Venditti (X-O MANOWAR) and all-star artists Robert Gill (ETERNAL WARRIOR) and Doug Braithwaite (UNITY)! So let it be written… So let it be done![/quote]

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