When DMG took over Valiant Entertainment a few weeks ago and practically forced out then CEO Dinesh Shamdasani, a lot of long time fans were left worried with the direction the company would take. Especially with their announcement that going forward they were going to concentrate more on developing the characters on film rather than comics.
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This week via Comic Book Resources Valiant Entertainment has announced changes to its big event for 2018 Harbinger Wars 2. Originally event was to be a four part mini series that showcased the creative team of Matt Kindt and Tomás Fiorello and the Secret Weapons creative team of Eric Heisserer, Raúl Allén and Patricia Martín. Each of the books were to be 48 pages long with a price point of $3.99.
It was a bold idea to have two teams tell the story from both sides of the war. But unfortunately that will no longer be the case. Bleeding Cool has reported that Heisserer has left Valiant and that in fact, he has not written for them since DMG took over and that we shouldn’t expect him to write any further for the publisher.
Heisserer’s completed script will now become a prelude to Harbinger Wars 2 and the rest of the event will be written entirely by Kindt, including a new epilogue, making the entire event six 32 page issues long. Here is the press release from Valiant Entertainment:
This summer, the most powerful Valiant event ever attempted erupts in full force as X-O Manowar, Livewire, the Harbinger Renegades, Bloodshot, the Secret Weapons, Ninjak, and a cast of thousands draw their battle lines in HARBINGER WARS 2 – the ultimate, action-fueled entry point into the most acclaimed superhero universe anywhere in comics today! Spanning six essential issues between May and September 2018, the complete HARBINGER WARS 2 saga will encompass the four-issue main series, as well as a self-contained, new-reader-friendly prelude introducing the main players behind the conflict, and a standalone aftermath special chronicling the scarred landscape of the post-HW2 Valiant Universe:
* HARBINGER WARS 2: PRELUDE #1 | ON SALE MAY 2nd
* HARBINGER WARS 2 #1 (of 4) | ON SALE MAY 30th
* HARBINGER WARS 2 #2 (of 4) | COMING IN JUNE
* HARBINGER WARS 2 #3 (of 4) | COMING IN JULY
* HARBINGER WARS 2 #4 (of 4) | COMING IN AUGUST
* HARBINGER WARS 2: AFTERMATH #1 | COMING IN SEPTEMBER
Kindt is an amazing writer who I have faith will do a fantastic job with this event. It just worries me that DMG is slowly starting to make subtle changes that are going to affect the great quality comics that Valiant Entertainment usually puts out. This is already evident in this event with the departure of Heisserer, we will look back at this thinking about how much better it could have been. Also we know that Heisserer had been working on some of the films for Valiant Entertainment, does this mean he left those projects as well? Unsettling days for Valiant indeed.
Are you excited for Valiant’s 2018 event Harbinger Wars 2? What do you think of Heisserer’s departure? Let us know in the comment section below! Also check out some of the cover art for the prelude and first issue down below.
HARBINGER WARS 2: PRELUDE #1
Written by ERIC HEISSERER
Art by RAÚL ALLÉN with PATRICIA MARTÍN
Cover A by RAÚL ALLÉN
Cover B by MICHAEL CHO
Variant Cover by CARY NORD
HW2 Icon Variant by FELIPE MASSAFERA
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale MAY 2nd (FOC – 4/9/18)
HARBINGER WARS 2 #1 (of 4)
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TOMÁS GIORELLO
Cover A by J.G. JONES
Cover B by MICO SUAYAN
Interlocking Variant by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
HW2 Icon Variant by FELIPE MASSAFERA
Brushed Metal Variant by LEWIS LAROSA
Blank Cover Also Available
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale MAY 30th (FOC – 5/7/18)
Valiant Entertainment’s Harbinger War 2 Prelude #1 hits comic book stands May 2nd, 2018.
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Source: Valiant Entertainment, Comic Book Resources, Bleeding Cool