In a market presently packed with event comics from both of the Big Two publishers, Valiant Comics is proving to be the little indie which could.
Every issue of the newly launched Ninjak series has sold out and gone back for multiple printings, as has Imperium, allowing the resurgent publisher to claim a major victory as it seeks to contend with super heroic heavyweights DC and Marvel in terms of quality and buzz while slowly eating into the independent market share which has been dominated for years by Image Comics.
Since it’s relaunch, Valiant has been steadily gaining ground, though whether it not that success is sustainable in the long term remains to be seen.
Do you think that Valiant can sustain this incredible run of success? Share your thoughts in the comments!
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Hot on the heels of Free Comic Book Day, Valiant is proud to announce that multiple issues of two of the summer’s best-selling new series – NINJAK and IMPERIUM – have sold out at the distributor level and will return with new printings in June!
First, go back to the beginning with theNINJAK #1 THIRD PRINTING – the sold-out FIRST ISSUE of new smash-hit series from New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (THE VALIANT, DIVINITY) and superstar artists Clay Mann (X-Men) andButch Guice (Captain America) – and theNINJAK #2 SECOND PRINTING, both in stores June 3rd!
Start reading here as MI-6’s deadliest super-spy dares to duel with the Shadow Seven, a secret cabal of shinobi masters with mysterious ties to his training and tragic past! After two sold-out printings, find out why NINJAK is being heralded as the must-read new series of 2015:
“An immensely entertaining comic that would make one hell of an action movie… Yet another strong superhero debut from Valiant…” – The Onion/AV Club
“[NINJAK] offers some serious bang for your buck… As is expected from Valiant, this is a first issue that is the very definition of ‘rock solid’.” – Newsarama
“Smart, exciting and full of jaw-dropping visuals, NINJAK needs to be on your pull list.” – Comic Vine
“High-octane action… Ninjak’s long awaited solo series is off to a solid start…” – IGN
Plus: each 40-page issue of NINJAK comes packed with a full-length story by Matt Kindtand Clay Mann, followed by an essential second feature from Kindt and Butch Guice, chronicling Ninjak’s never-before-revealed origin for the first time anywhere!
Then, 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 in the the IMPERIUM #2 SECOND PRINTING and the IMPERIUM #3 SECOND PRINTING! Arriving in stores here on June 3rd alongside the all-new arc beginning in IMPERIUM #5, join New York Times best-selling writerJoshua Dysart (HARBINGER, Unknown Soldier) and blockbuster artist Doug Braithwaite (ARMOR HUNTERS, Justice) here as Toyo Harada recruits a new legion of monsters and malcontents to change the world…by any means necessary.
Jump on board here to witness Toyo Harada’s super-powered crusade for the fate of civilization firsthand in the daring follow-up to HARBINGER that is thrilling fans and critics:
“A fascinating examination of the effects super powers might have on the real world… It’s worth paying attention.” – Wired
“✮✮✮✮… [Imperium] will give existing readers everything that they enjoyed in “Harbinger,” and new readers will find themselves wanting to stick around.” –Comic Book Resources
“Joshua Dysart really has cooked up something special here to behold… Definitely another feather in the cap of the Valiant Entertainment line…” – Bloody Disgusting
“✮✮✮✮… Dysart and Braithwaite are exploring fascinating ideas in IMPERIUM… Another accessible, interesting, and unique entry point into the ever expanding Valiant Universe.” – ComicBook.com
Valiant’s sold-out summer continues on June 3rd when two of the most acclaimed new series of the year return with the NINJAK #1 THIRD PRINTING, NINJAK #2 SECOND PRINTING, IMPERIUM #2 SECOND PRINTING, and IMPERIUM #3 SECOND PRINTING! Don’t miss a moment of Valiant’s latest hit ongoing series – contact your local comics retailer to pre-order your copies today!
Josh Epstein is the Publisher for the Capeless Crusader website.
He’s a lifelong comic nerd, and “Superman” is the first word he ever read aloud. He is also an actor, singer, and resident of a real-world Smallville.