IMPERIUM #1-16 (Joshua Dysart / Doug Braithwaite)

Comme chaque année, Valiant Entertainment dévoile les nouveaux titres qui feront leur apparition dans le catalogue de l’éditeur en 2015:

Un des acteurs majeurs du renouveau Valiant, le scénariste Joshua Dysart (Harbingeur), fera équipe avec le dessinateur Doug Braithwaite (Armor Hunters) sur la série Imperium qui voit le puissant psy Toyo Harada rassembler un groupe de marginaux et de psychopathes venus des quatre coins du Monde pour faire face à ses anciens alliés.
La bataille pour l’utopie débute ainsi.

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[quote]IMPERIUM #1
Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
ONGOING SERIES | BEGINNING FEBRUARY 2015

A daring new superhero saga from New York Times best-selling creator Joshua Dysart – writer of of the Harvey-Award nominated series Harbinger – and superstar artist Doug Braithwaite!

Toyo Harada is the most dangerous human being on the planet. Imbued with incredible powers of the mind, he has spent his life guiding humanity from the shadows. But today he is a wanted man. His powers are public knowledge, his allies have turned to enemies, and he is hunted by every government on the planet.

Instead of surrendering, Harada has one last unthinkable gambit to play: to achieve more, faster, and with less, he will build a coalition of the powerful, the unscrupulous and the insane. No longer content to demand a better future, he will recruit a violent legion from the darkest corners of the Earth to fight for it. The battle for utopia begins now.[/quote]

Lien
Le site de l’éditeur: valiantuniverse.com

Ci-dessous, quatre pages de Imperium #1:

[size=150]INTERVIEW DU SCÉNARISTE JOSHUA DYSART[/size]

Quelques pages et recherches de Doug Braithwaite pour Imperium:

[quote]I’m a real context-oriented guy, and I saw a chance here to do something I’ve been unconsciously working towards for a lot my career: A chance to fully engage in the political context of a world with super-powered beings in it. Now, I know I’m not the first to do this, but my take is more “politicalsploitation.” Remember Captain America punching out Hitler? I want to do that today, with my characters. I want them to take the world stage, as we see it right now, and fuck shit up.

I’m not sure if that’s ethical storytelling, it very well may not be, but it sounds like a crazy fun thing to do. And I couldn’t do that until I exposed Harada to the world, until I made him an uncontrollable force. Thematically, it’s a trip, since the incarnation of Harada we know from “Harbinger” was really a bit of a comment on capitalism. But now we can explore issues of democracy and totalitarianism. Which, with the record low voter turnout in America and democracy under the boot of extremism in flashpoints all across the world, seems like a pretty topical topic.

And besides, I don’t want to just do the same thing over and over again with Harada. I could’ve kept the status quo of the Renegades forever, you know? Just let them be who they are, do their thing. But that’s because they’re just kids. Writing them is a more human, down to Earth experience. Harada is an opera. He’s big and bold. He affects the arc of human history. It makes more sense for him to have tremendous shifts in his path. [/quote]

[size=150]INTERVIEW DU SCÉNARISTE JOSHUA DYSART[/size]

Ci-dessous, cinq pages de Imperium #2:

Source: www.comicbookresources.com

[quote]Imperium #1
Story by Joshua Dysart
Art by Doug Braithwaite
Cover by Raul Allen, Trevor Hairsine, Tom Muller, Doug Braithwaite
Publisher Valiant Entertainment
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date Wed, February 4th, 2015
A daring new superhero saga from New York Times best-selling creator Joshua Dysart – writer of of the Harvey-Award nominated series HARBINGER – and superstar artist Doug Braithwaite (UNITY, Justice)!
Toyo Harada is the most dangerous human being on the planet. Imbued with incredible powers of the mind, he has spent his life guiding humanity from the shadows. But today he is a wanted man. His powers are public knowledge, his allies have turned to enemies, and he is hunted by every government on the planet.
Instead of surrendering, Harada has one last unthinkable gambit to play: to achieve more, faster, and with less, he will build a coalition of the powerful, the unscrupulous and the insane. No longer content to demand a better future, he will recruit a violent legion from the darkest corners of the Earth to fight for it. The battle for utopia begins now.[/quote]

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[quote]IMPERIUM #2
STORY BY Joshua Dysart
ART BY Doug Braithwaite
COLORS BY Dave McCaig
LETTERS BY Dave Sharpe
COVER BY Raul Allen, Doug Braithwaite, Butch Guice
PUBLISHER Valiant Entertainment
COVER PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE DATE Mar 4th, 2015
The battle for utopia continues! The second shocking chapter from New York Times best-selling writer Joshua Dysart (HARBINGER) and superstar artist Doug Braithwaite (ARMOR HUNTERS)!
A psychic dictator, an inhuman robot, a mad scientist, a murderous alien and a super-powered terrorist are about to try and take over the world…and you’re going to be rooting for them every step of the way. THIS IS IMPERIUM.[/quote]

Source: www.comicbookresources.com

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[quote]Imperium #3
Story by Joshua Dysart
Art by Doug Braithwaite
Colors by Brian Reber, Ulises Arreola
Letters by Dave Sharpe
Cover by Raul Allen, Doug Braithwaite, Cary Nord
Publisher Valiant Entertainment
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date Apr 8th, 2015
A better world. By any means necessary. The devastating new series escalates with an all-new chapter by New York Times best-selling writer Joshua Dysart (HARBINGER) and superstar artist Doug Braithwaite (ARMOR HUNTERS)!
The world-changing event snowballs over the cliff, as the world’s most powerful man — billionaire superhuman Toyo Harada — saves the world at the tip of a sword. Harada is collecting monsters — starting with his pet instrument of death, Mech Major…an unstoppable robot engine of combat and warfare. But there’s more to Mech Major than meets the eye…[/quote]

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[quote]Imperium #4
Story by Joshua Dysart
Art by Doug Braithwaite
Cover by Rafael Albuquerque, Kano, Rafa Sandoval, [more…]
Publisher Valiant Entertainment
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date May 13th, 2015
The greatest villain in the Valiant Universe wages war…to create Utopia! New York Times bestselling writer Joshua Dysart (HARBINGER) and superstar artist Doug Braithwaite (ARMOR HUNTERS) continue the unprecedented comics story of a madman determined to save the world…at any cost!
Toyo Harada is assembling a legion of living weapons. And the last, greatest gambit he needs is deep within the clutches of his most powerful opponents. To secure the human asset critical to his plan, Harada gambles everything he has in an all-out battle to win everything he desires!
$3.99 | 32 pages | T+ | On sale MAY 13[/quote]

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[quote]Imperium #5
Story by Joshua Dysart
Art by Scot Eaton, Livesay
Colors by Brian Reber
Letters by Dave Sharpe
Cover by Kano, Scot Eaton, Cafu
Publisher Valiant Entertainment
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date Jun 3rd, 2015
ALL-NEW ARC! ALL-NEW JUMPING-ON POINT! ‘BROKEN ANGELS’ - PART ONE! Toyo Harada will create Utopia…he just needs the right weapons first!
The most powerful man in the world has collected an assembly of monsters, killers, and super-villains…and now he’s set his sights on the last asset his team needs: the renegade scientist called Broken Angel.
The only thing standing in his way - an army of enhanced soldiers…guarding a top-secret, highly fortified facility…deep underwater! The impossible heist begins here![/quote]

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[quote]Imperium #6
Story by Joshua Dysart
Art by Scot Eaton, Wayne Faucher
Colors by Brian Reber
Letters by Dave Sharpe
Cover by Scot Eaton, Livesay, Paul Mounts, Cafu , David Baron , Kano
Publisher Valiant Entertainment
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date Jul 1st, 2015
“BROKEN ANGELS” – PART 2! Whatever other-dimensional horrors have besieged Angela Peace Baingana to transform her into the humanoid monster called Broken Angel…Toyo Harada needs her!
Possessed of the most brilliant scientific mind on this planet–even if it’s not her own–the woman called Peace is poised to single-handedly secure Harada’s vision of global salvation… he just has to destroy everything in his way to get her. The underwater smash-and-grab heist of BROKEN ANGELS crashes into an unbelievable battle![/quote]

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[quote]Imperium #7
Story by Joshua Dysart
Art by Scot Eaton
Colors by Brian Reber
Letters by Dave Sharpe
Cover by Kano, Pere Perez, David Baron, Philip Tan , Elmer Santos [hide…]
Publisher Valiant Entertainment
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date Aug 5th, 2015
Harada’s team of “BROKEN ANGELS” confront…DIVINITY!
The telepathic mastermind. The alien assassin. The mercenary super-soldier. The mad scientist. And the killer robot with a soul. Toyo Harada has collected the monsters that will make his vision of world peace a reality. Now he pursues the most difficult and desirable asset of all – the spaceman with all the powers of a god – the outcast who can rewrite reality with a thought – the man who is no longer a man – the all-powerful being who is simply called Divinity.[/quote]

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Quelques pages de Imperium #8 par Scot Eaton et **Imperium #9 **par Cafu:

[quote=“Dysart”]We’ve tried to make him a leading man in a strange sort of way, by giving the ensemble around him the narrative voice, and having Imperium be about the way they perceive him. #7 is the first time since the Harbinger: Omegas miniseries that we’re actually telling a story from Harada’s point of view. I’m love shifting narrative perspective, because I think it makes the book expansive and I mostly want to see characters “punching up”, that is, facing something greater than themselves. Up until now, Harada really hasn’t faced anything categorically greater than himself. Divinity is the perfect character to allow me to focus entirely on Harada, because Divinity makes Harada the underdog.

To answer the last part of your question, I think it may be a little more difficult to find humor and relatable emotion in a story with Harada as the protagonist, but that’s just part of the project’s challenge.[/quote]

[size=150]INTERVIEW DU SCÉNARISTE JOSHUA DYSART[/size]

[quote]Imperium #8
Story by Joshua Dysart
Art by Scot Eaton, Wayne Faucher, Sean Parsons, [more…]
Colors by Brian Reber
Letters by Dave Sharpe
Cover by Kano, Scot Eaton, Wayne Faucher, [more…]
Publisher Valiant Entertainment
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date Sep 2nd, 2015
You never saw this one coming…“BROKEN ANGELS” reaches its unbelievable climax as DIVINITY takes hold! Toyo Harada is the most powerful mortal man in the world. To build his imperium, he has collected monsters. Now he comes face to face with a god. Confronted by the unfathomable depths of the man who is no longer a man, who can only be called Divinity, Harada plunges his mind into infinity. Can even the unstoppable Harada survive the fall?[/quote]

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[quote]IMPERIUM #9 (NEW ARC! “THE VINE IMPERATIVE” – PART 1)
Written by Joshua Dysart Art by Cafu Covers by Kano, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Juan Jose Ryp

“THE VINE IMPERATIVE” – PART 1! Toyo Harada’s war to save humanity by taking over the world roars on against the only enemy this planet cannot contain…a sinister network of undercover alien spies! A deadly chess game between Harada and the alien visitors called the Vine has been unfolding for decades. The Vine once even created the living weapon called LV-99 to assassinate their enemy, but failed. Today, as Harada executes his agenda upon Earth—and with LV-99 on his side this time—the Vine’s cold war finally turns infernally hot.[/quote]

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[quote]IMPERIUM #10

STORY BY Joshua Dysart
ART BY Cafu, Juan Jose Ryp
COLORS BY Brian Reber
LETTERS BY Dave Sharpe
COVER BY Juan Jose Ryp, Ulises Arreola, Bilquis Evely
PUBLISHER Valiant Entertainment
COVER PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE DATE Nov 11th, 2015

“THE VINE IMPERATIVE” boils over!

The world is suspended within balances of power. Tense and delicate terms of peace, crisscrossing and humming just below the surface. The Vine plantings, undercover alien spies of a galaxy-spanning race, hold positions of influence all over the planet. Toyo Harada, Earth’s most unstoppable psiot, amassed a bedrock of power through his corporate, political, and super-powered maneuverings. A tenuous détente has long held between the slumbering giants, each with the world held loosely in their grip. Until now.

As Harada presses his gambit to wage war for utopia, the agents of the Vine who have watched him for decades move to keep the megalomaniac in check. And if Harada wants to save the world…he’ll have to get rid of the competition. Cold war turns red hot as New York Times best-selling writer Joshua Dysart (HARBINGER) and all-star Valiant artists CAFU (UNITY)and Juan Jose Ryp (NINJAK) unfold another chapter of IMPERIUM, the comic that Herotaku calls “an entertaining, compelling read month after month”![/quote]

Source: www.comicbookresources.com

Le prochain arc de la saga Imperium, intitulé Stormbreak, réunira le scénariste Joshua Dysart avec le dessinateur Khari Evans, son compagnon lors du lancement de la série Harbinger en 2011.

Imperium #13 sort en février avec quatre couvertures illustrées par Robert Gill, Cafu, Ryan Lee et Juan Jose Ryp.

[quote]As revealed on Comic Book Resources, Valiant is proud to announce “STORMBREAK” – a four-part jumping-on point and crucial new milestone for the Valiant Universe beginning in IMPERIUM #13! Reuniting the acclaimed creative team behind HARBINGER, jump on board here with a brand-new story arc as New York Times best-selling writer Joshua Dysart (HARBINGER WARS) and Harvey Award-nominated artist Khari Evans (Immortal Iron Fist) re-team for an essential new chapter of the series that will leave Valiant’s most notorious villain changed forever! Toyo Harada’s war for utopia is about to come to a brutal boiling point…and now two of the Valiant Universe’s most formidable forces – UNITY’s former team leader and psiot technopath, Livewire, and Project Rising Spirit’s tech-augmented strike force, the H.A.R.D. Corps – are about to the lead the front line of a no-holds-barred attack on Harada’s revolutionary team of monsters and malcontents!

“IMPERIUM is one of the most provocative, most daring, and most cerebral series anywhere in comics today,” said Editor Alejandro Arbona. “Joshua Dysart’s team of anti-heroes and ideologues has made IMPERIUM a title that is as disturbing as it is action-packed. Now, with Khari Evans coming aboard to deliver the same dynamic storytelling that made HARBINGER a milestone chapter in Valiant history, STORMBREAK is going to raise IMPERIUM’s already colossal stakes even higher. Without a doubt, the return of Livewire and H.A.R.D. Corps to Toyo Harada’s world is going to have widespread ramifications for the political landscape of the Valiant Universe.”

Toyo Harada will save the world…if he doesn’t doom it first. The revolutionary disruption that Harada and his team have launched – by deposing tyrants, housing refugees, and feeding the poor – has come at the expense of the world’s wealthiest nations. When the planet’s leaders have had enough, it will be decided: Toyo Harada must die. Now a crack unit of operatives will stand against Harada on the global stage…with his own former pupil Livewire taking him head-on! Meanwhile, Harada’s military lieutenant and Project Rising Spirit defector Gravedog is about to meet his match as the H.A.R.D. Corps’ own Major Charlie Palmer drops into the firefight of a lifetime!

This February, war comes raging back to Toyo Harada’s own doorstep for “STORMBREAK” in IMPERIUM #13 – featuring covers by all-star artists Robert Gill (BOOK OF DEATH), CAFU (UNITY), Clayton Henry (HARBINGER WARS), Ryan Lee (Uncanny Inhumans), and Juan Jose Ryp (NINJAK)! Join the series that Bloody Disgusting calls “the height of sophisticated comic book stories” right here as Joshua Dysart and Khari Evans – the Harvey Award-nominated team behind HARBINGER – pit the Valiant Universe’s most notorious superteam against the agents of the very system they’ve sworn to overthrow, beginning in IMPERIUM #13!

For more information, visit Valiant on Facebook, on Twitter, on Tumblr, on Instagram, and at ValiantUniverse.com.

IMPERIUM #13 (NEW ARC! “STORMBREAK” – PART 1)
Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by KHARI EVANS
Cover A by ROBERT GILL
Cover B by CAFU
Valiant x CGC Replica Variant by CLAYTON HENRY
Variant Cover by RYAN LEE
Variant Cover by JUAN JOSE RYP
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | COMING IN FEBRUARY![/quote]

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[quote]Imperium #11

Story by
Joshua Dysart
Art by
Cafu
Cover by
Cafu, Diego Bernard, Michael Walsh
Publisher
Valiant Entertainment

Cover Price:
$3.99
Release Date
Dec 16th, 2015

With his resources spread thin and his time running out, Toyo Harada must strike if his plan to save the world by force will ever succeed. After a push to take more of the African continent – deposing corrupt governments and toppling extremists – Harada’s moves on the world stage were too bold to ignore. The alien agents of the Vine race, who were entrenched throughout the global power structure, have seen their opportunity to strike…and Harada now has his opportunity to break their tenuous pact of peace and take them down.

But with a specialized Vine killer among his own team – the ruthless and lethal Lord Vine-99 – will Harada be able to hold tight the grip on his monster’s leash… or will LV-99 turn on his master at last?[/quote]

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[quote]Imperium #13

Story by
Joshua Dysart
Art by
Khari Evans
Colors by
Ulises Arreola
Letters by
Dave Sharpe
Cover by
Robert Gill, Cafu, Clayton Henry, [more…]
Publisher
Valiant Entertainment

Cover Price:
$3.99
Release Date
Feb 17th, 2016

Valiant is proud to present your first look inside IMPERIUM #13 – the FIRST ISSUE of “STORMBREAK,” an all-new story arc reuniting HARBINGER’s Joshua Dysart (HARBINGER WARS) and Khari Evans (Immortal Iron Fist)! On February 17th, the series named “Best Horror Comic of 2015” by ComicsAlliance unleashes a devastating new jumping-on point as the Valiant Universe comes raging to the doorstep of Toyo Harada’s utopia…with Livewire and H.A.R.D. Corps leading the charge to unseat the world’s most powerful superhuman!

Toyo Harada will save the world…if he doesn’t doom it first. The revolutionary disruption that Harada and his team have launched – by deposing tyrants, housing refugees, and feeding the poor – has come at the expense of the world’s wealthiest nations. When the planet’s leaders have had enough, it will be decided: Toyo Harada must die. Now a crack unit of operatives will stand against Harada on the global stage…with his own former pupil Livewire taking him head-on. Meanwhile, Harada’s military lieutenant Gravedog meets his match when Charlie Palmer drops into the firefight of a lifetime…H.A.R.D. Corps vs. H.A.R.D. Corps!

On February 17th, Valiant’s heaviest hitters put Toyo Harada’s dream in the crosshairs for “STORMBREAK,” beginning in IMPERIUM #13! Featuring covers by acclaimed artists Robert Gill (BOOK OF DEATH), CAFU (UNITY), Clayton Henry (HARBINGER), Ryan Lee (Uncanny Inhumans), and Juan Jose Ryp (NINJAK), the Harvey Award-nominated team behind HARBINGER returns to lay waste to Toyo Harada’s besieged empire…and ready the world for the biggest dogfight of the New Year, only in IMPERIUM #13![/quote]

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[quote]IMPERIUM #12

Written by: Joshua Dysart.

Art by: CAFU, Juan Jose Ryp

Covers by: CAFU, Howard Chaykin, Jefte Palo.

Description: “The Vine Imperative,” finale. Toyo Harada’s utopian ambition has been shaken to the depths by a decades-old enemy. Since the day Harada began accruing power, the undercover agents of the Vine’s alien empire have watched…and waited. Years later, as Harada strives to reshape the global economy, establish governments friendly to his goals, and gift the ability of space travel to all humankind, the Vine want him put in check – permanently. Now, with saboteurs riddling his organization and the alien assassin called LV-99 slavering to snap his master’s neck…are the Vine about to succeed?

Pages: 32.

Price: $3.99.

In stores: Jan. 20. [/quote]

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[quote]Imperium #14

Story by
Joshua Dysart
Art by
Khari Evans
Colors by
Ulises Arreola
Letters by
Dave Sharpe
Cover by
Giuseppe Camuncoli, Ulises Arreola, Juan Jose Ryp, [more…]
Publisher
Valiant Entertainment

Cover Price:
$3.99
Release Date
Mar 16th, 2016

“STORMBREAK” - PART 2! Toyo Harada has brought war to the Foundation Zone…and Livewire and H.A.R.D. Corps are manning the frontline!

To his enemies, Harada is a despotic madman with a messiah complex. But to countless refugees and subjects of tyranny, Harada has been a savior and a benevolent provider. Now his world-changing Foundation Zone has grown faster than even he planned for. With diseases to cure, mouths to feed…and all of humanity to save… Harada will go to war against former allies and longtime enemies. At stake? The resources he needs for the Foundation Zone to succeed. In the balance? Everything Harada has ever built and fought for.[/quote]

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