When the Man of Steel died defending his adopted home, it seemed that the spirit of truth and justice he represented was extinguished forever. But watching from the sidelines was another Superman - older, wiser, more experienced - with his wife, Lois Lane, and their son, Jonathan Kent.
Now this refugee from a vanished universe is stepping out of the shadows, ready to assume the mantle of his fallen counterpart and take to the skies once more as Earth’s greatest hero.
But he is not the only survivor of Krypton to make the journey to this reality.
Starscream rules Cybertron. He and Windblade vie for control of the Council of Worlds, each aligning themselves with as many long-lost colonies as they can. But Starscream’s secret police keep increasing the tension, destabilizing the fragile peace that has been established.
The One% own more than half the world’s wealth. They’ve crashed economies, bought governments, and have amassed more power than any other group in history. And they still don’t have enough. With this kind of power, how can anyone make them pay? WHO will make them pay? Enter Renato Jones, a mysterious vigilante, out to even the score. And when he enters the fray THE SUPER-RICH ARE SUPER F***ED. From acclaimed creator KAARE KYLE ANDREWS (Iron Fist The Living Weapon, Spider Man Reign) comes the first season of the critically acclaimed, supercharged capitalistic action revenge thriller for a post-Great Recession world. Collects SEASON of RENATO JONES THE ONE% #1-5.
New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (BOOK OF DEATH, Green Lantern) and Valiant-exclusive sensations Pere Perez (ARCHER & ARMSTRONG) and Clayton Henry (HARBINGER WARS) lead off a centuries-spanning look at X-O Manowar’s past, present? and future! From the outcome of a bloodstained battle on the frontier of the Roman Empire that continues to be felt to this day, to the last days of Aric of Dacia and the future of the X-O Manowar armor all the way to the year 4001 A.D.! Then: The life and times of the unstoppable X-O Manowar loom large as a massive cast of rising stars and superstar talents - including Amy Chu (Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death), Adam Gorham (DEAD DROP), Jody Houser (FAITH), Mike McKone (Teen Titans) and more - come together for tales of Valiant’s most powerful hero?and his allies and foes alike! Collecting X-O MANOWAR 2016 ANNUAL #1, BOOK OF DEATH: THE FALL OF X-O MANOWAR #1, and 4001 A.D.: X-O MANOWAR #1
Collects Black Panther (2016) #5-8, Jungle Action #6-7.
Counting down the final days of the kingdom of Wakanda! As Zenzi and The People poison Wakanda’s citizens against the Black Panther, a cabal of nation-breakers is assembled. And Ayo and Aneka, the Midnight Angels, are courted to raise their land to new glory! His allies dwindling, T'Challa must rely on his elite secret police, the Hatut Zeraze, and fellow Avenger Eden Fesi, a.k.a. Manifold! And with T'Challa’s back truly against the wall, some old friends lend a hand: Luke Cage, Misty Knight and Storm! But Wakanda may be too far gone for this all-new, all-different crew — and there’s one job the Panther must handle alone. Only he can voyage into the Djalia! Getting there is hard enough, but can he even find his sister Shuri inside Wakanda’s collective memory?
You seem like a person who would know this: if I've never read a valiant book, should I pick up the current valiant humble bundle? If so, what should I read first?
I haven’t read as much of the current Valiant series as, say, @theisb or @superheroeswearingjackets , but everything I’ve read has been great, and I hear nothing but good about the rest of it, so I would say it is definitely worth it to grab that Humble Bundle.
As for what to read first, that’s a little harder, since there aren’t a ton of volume 1s in the set. Probably start with that Zeroes and Origins collection at a guess?
Otherwise, my favorite stuff is the Fred Van Lente material, so that includes Archer and Armstrong and Ivar, Time Walker, but if you want something a little more on the serious side, X-O Manowar is a good pick, as would be Ninjak. I don’t know how well The Valiant stands alone, but that would introduce a bunch of the universe’s characters. Faith would be a good pick, too.
Maybe someone who’s read more of the line can be more helpful.
Here’s the link if you want to see what’s available.