David: Oh Brandon, what a month for Valiant. There’s a lot coming up, but I think for once our lists are going to be pretty damn similar. For those that don’t know what we do here, Brandon and I rank all of the books that come out each month for Valiant, weighted for recency. Meaning, if Book A overall has been very good but it’s been bad lately, it may get rated lower than a book that is trending upwards.
What do you have at #7 and #6, Brandon?
Brandon: My #7 this month used to be one of my favorite Valiant books but has dropped to my last as of this month. My #7 is Harbinger. The issue this month left me severely wanting and was probably the first time I flat out didn’t like an issue of Harbinger. It was one of the first big disappointments for me this month.
What’s next on your docket Mr. Harper?
David: We’re two for two, as Bloodshot and H.A.R.D. Corps comes in at #6 for me. While much better than Harbinger, comparatively, this book is still struggling since Harbinger Wars as well. Part of that is tied to the fact that somehow – like in Harbinger – Bloodshot was abducted by Toyo Harada in what I can only describe as a plot turn of convenience. That said, I am enjoying the H.A.R.D. Corps elements, and Emanuela Lupacchino’s art is very strong. Ultimately though, if the Bloodshot elements of this book falter, this whole book does. I hope they hurry through this intro arc and roll on to something more interesting.
Whatchoo got at #5 and #4, Brandon?
Brandon: Let’s keep this similar train of though going! My #5 this month is Eternal Warrior. It wasn’t bad by any means and it has a lot of opportunity to function as a number of different styles of book considering Gilad’s path through history. I didn’t though feel that the first issue was very strong for me. There wasn’t a lot there besides the future potential for me. There wasn’t anything terribly memorable from the first issue. Having said all that it finishes above the previous two because it wasn’t bad and they were. I just want to be clear.
Quatro and Tres for you?
David: Bringing in 4th place this month is the still rising X-O Manowar. This book continues to just be good, and a huge part of it for me is Lee Garbett and the colors from Moose Baumann. Personally, I’m really hoping Garbett getting on one of those Marvel teasers doesn’t mean he’s off this book, but I know it likely means exactly that. Either way, it’s been really nice loving the art on this book, and Venditti’s story continues to evolve and entertain, and I love the direction he’s taken Aric. The guy is sort of a dick, and he’s embraced that into a plot point incredibly well. Really enjoying this latest arc.
Take us into your top two Brandon!
In the runner up position this month I have Shadowman. This month’s issue added some awesome depth to the Shadowman lineage and it’s origin. It adds an incredible wrinkle to the title to have these epic villains, the Darque Family, blood tied to the hero of the book. It’s a fun twist that really can add some emotional elements to the title that were sorely lacking when the title first launched. Much like X-O Manowar this book has really hit a hot streak and has come into it’s own as one of the best of the bunch from Valiant.
David: I’m liking the list this month Brandon! Liking it!
But not as cool as my boys Archer & Armstrong. Helllls yessss it’s my #1! I love this book, even as it breaks my heart. This issue is all about the end of the “Far Faraway” arc, and it finds Armstrong betraying Archer (even as he inappropriately reasons that he didn’t betray him), and it’s a sequence of events that is executed marvelously by Fred Van Lente and Pere Perez. I’m in, hook, line, and sinker, with these characters, and that absolutely was a tough moment. On top of that though, we’re given awesome splash pages from Perez, Amelia Earhart, the best damn Dodo character ever, and much more. I love this book, and I am not ashamed to admit it.
Close us out, you Red Sock lover you.
Brandon: My head honcho of the month is Quantum & Woody. This book is fucking hilarious! It has superheroes, great humor and some off the wall oddball action. It’s everything I want from a book! I really enjoyed this month’s issue and this book has continued to do a great job of keeping the vibe of the previous version without coming across as a tribute comic. It has the soul but it’s in a whole new body. This is a book that keeps me laughing much like Deadpool. They both do a great job of pushing boundaries with their humor and stepping into areas that are hot button issues. This title has some big balls and it’s doing a great job of swinging them and letting everyone know what’s up.