Review: FCBD 2015 – VALIANT 25th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL

Bloodshot: Reborn “Dreams”

Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artist: Butch Guice
Colorist: Allen Passalaqua Letterer: Dave Sharpe

Ok, Jeff Lemire and Butch Guice gives us a taste of the events between The Valiant and Bloodshot: Reborn. Confusion, exhaustion, every feeling he knows he has had in the past, but doesn’t remember how to cope with his new situation. For a free comic book day special, this book already looks like it may change the way other comic publishers view free comic book day.


Ninjak #1

See previous review conveniently posted below

Writer: Matt Kindt
Artist: Clay Mann
Inks: Seth Mann
Colors: Ulises Arreola
Letters: Dave Sharpe
Cover Art: Lewis LaRosa, Clay Mann, Brian Reber, Dave Johnson, Marguerite Sauvage, Trevor Hairsine, Tom Muller

“Book 1”

Spies. Secrets. Women. Badassery. Up until now not much was known about the world’s greatest ninja spy. What he has to do to prepare for a mission. And the reasons as to why he does what he does. As most spies go, there are layers to Colin, and just like an onion, it could bring you to tears.

Matt Kindt really expand the world view on our favorite ninja. From how his home is nearly impenetrable, to how he has to hold himself back sometimes just to get the mission done, to some of the traumas he had to endure. Very well done.

Clay Seth in Ulises had too much fun on this issue. My jaw dropped on the inside cover illustration. Well done on that. Also the design on the “villains” in the story were amazing. Agent Roku is straight up badass.

All together the story was exciting. well worth the wait for our favorite ninja to get his own title.


 

The lost files

Writer: Matt Kindt
Artist: Butch Guide
Colors: Ulises Arreola
Letters: Dave Sharpe

Trials and tribulations is the game in this story. Learning what one must go through to become an undercover MI:6 member. Set in the past, we now see our favorite ninja wasn’t always so quick on his feet.

Matt Kindt tells a gritty, realistic story taken straight out of something you would see in the movie “Black Rain”. Dark, and a little bit terrifying. Brilliantly executed storyline that flows pretty fast, but not so fast you get lost in the crowd.

Butch and Ulises just kill it in this story! They perfectly get the look from a Ridley Scott movie. From the facial expressions, to the colors used to shadow the whole story, as if it were fortelling the life that Ninjak was about to lead.

Wow! This whole issue was so fun to read. It has elements of James Bond, to Ridley Scott movies. I am excited for this series. There is some great stuff coming down the way from Valiant on this one!


 

Valiant 25th Anniversary poster

Artist: Kano

I don’t think there is anything that I can say about this piece other than…mind blowing, spectacular, breathtaking, and finally….awesome.


 

X-O Manowar: Dead Hand “Building Things”

Writer: Robert Venditti
Penciler: Rafa Sandoval
Inker: Jordi Tarragona
Colorist: David Garcia Cruz
Letterer: Dave Sharpe

Ok, Robert and the team do a fantastic job of giving us a reason to feel for the hunters, at the same time showing us that the armor may not be as good as Aric thinks it is.


 

And, the pies de resistance. Every creator that has help Valiant along the way…

Dan Abnett • Jeus Aburto • Cory Adams • Greg Adams • Neal Adams • Weldon Adams • Seaborn Adamson • Charlie Adlard • Scott Agostoni • David Aja • Ian Akin • Joe Albelo • Jeff Albrecht • Rafael Albuquerque Amanda Alexander • Raul Allen • Laura Allred • Michael Allred • Bob Almond • David Alpert • Eduardo AlpuenteMarlo Alquiza • Bill Anderson • Brent Anderson • Mark Anderson • Kalman Andrasofszky • Joe Andreani Kyle Andrukiewicz • Beth Ann Jenks • Paige Apfelbaum • Alejandro Arbona • Ulises Arreola • Chrysoula Artemis-Gomez • James Asmus • Mahmud Asrar • Mike Atiyeh • Robert Atkins • Brian Augustyn • Terry Austin Paul Autio Anthony J. Avon • Michael Avon Oeming • Jason Babler • Jeff Bailey • Michael Bair • Jim Balent • Omar Banmally • Charles Barnett III • David Baron • Mike Baron • Dell Barras • Al Barrioneuvo Dan Barry • Dave Barry • David Bass • Pat Bastienne • Chris Batista • Irwin Baum • Moose Baumann • John Beatty • Stephanie Beatty • Maria Beccari • Tony Bedard • Kenn Bell • Jordie Bellaire • Ryan Benjamin Jesse Berdinka • Lee Bermejo • Diego Bernard • BIT • Walter Black • Steve Blackwell • Winston Blakely • Brett Blevins • Will Blyberg • Brian Boerner • Kathryn Bolinger • David Boller • Karl Bollers • Greg Boone Brett Booth • Hank Bordowitz • Mike Borkowski • John Born • John Bosco • Duffy Boudreau • Simon Bowland • Frabz Boyan • Jordan Boyd • Sheree Boyd • Pat Boyette • Scott Braden • Doug Braithwaite Ken Branch • Andy Brase • Roger Braunfeld • Tom Brennan • Norm Breyfogle • Stacy Brickel • MD Bright • Phil Briones • Marika Bristol • Todd Britton • James Brock • Andrea Brooks • Mat Broome • Digital Broome Pat Brosseau • Adam Brown • Dan Brown • Jason Brown • Russ Brown •Randy Brozen • Steven Brust • Rick Bryant • Mark Buckingham • David Bullock • Beth Burns • Nick Burns • Kurt Busiek • Steven Butler • Mitch Byrd Sunando C. • Shon C. Bury • CAFU • Jim Calafi ore • Dennis Calero • John Calimee • Virtual Calligraphy • James Campbell • Giuseppe Camuncoli • Joseph Caponsacco • Greg Capullo • George Caragonne • JP Carnovale Manny Carrasco • Chip Carter • Anthony Castrillo • Donny Cates • Mike Cavallaro • John C. Cebollero • Teresa Cespedes • Digital Chameleon • May Chan • Bernard Chang • Howard Chaykin • Sean Chen John Cheng • D.G. Chichester • Joe Chiodo • David Chlystek • Brandon Choi • ChrisCross • William A. Christensen • Christiaan • Johnnie Christmas • Sharon Claire Mitchell • Matthew Clark • Scott Clark Mickey Clausen • B. Clay Moore • Serge Clermont • Dave Cockrum • Ivan Cohen • Ernie Colon • Henry T. Colonna III • Ominous Color • Extreme Colors • Graphic Colorworks • Comicolor • Will Conrad • Joseph Cooper John Costanza • Anthony Couto • Mozart Couto • Andrew Covalt • Denys Cowan • Jeromy Cox • Clayton Crain • Julie Crimmins • Danny Cruz • Shawn Crystal • Mark Csaszar • Paris Cullins • Randy Cumberbatch Andrea Cuneo • Gavin Cuneo • Peter Cuneo • Brian Cunningham • Andrew Currie • Christine Cush • Cece Cutsforth • John Czop • Jonathan D. Yoffi e • Valerie D’Orazio • Andrew Dalhouse • Sean Daniel • Joseph Daniello Chris Daniels • Russell Dauterman • Dan Davis • Michael Davis • Shane Davis • Roberto de la Torre • Ellie De Ville • Mike DeCarlo • Rachel Deering • Jeff Dekal • Peter Dekom • Valentine DeLandro • Jaime Delano Jose Delbo • Michelle Delecki • Kim DeMulder • Kevin Denges • Mike Deodato • Eric DeRisi • Dave deVries • Paco Diaz • John Dickenson • Sara Diedrich • David Dienstbier • Gina Diskin • Steve Ditko • John Dixon Marko Djurdjevic • Terry Dodson • Juan Doe • Dave Dorman • Jed Dougherty • Sean Dove • Debra Doyle • Ming Doyle • Stan Drake • Foster Driver • Bill Dunn • Ed Dupre • Jan Duursema • Neil Dvorak • Joshua Dysart Jason E. Squire • Dale Eaglesham • Heather Eatman • Scot Eaton • Hayley Eden • Neil Edwards • Paul Eibeler • Harry Eisenstein • Joe Eisma • Pam Eklund • Chris Eliopoulos • Randy Elliott • Steve Ellis • Warren Ellis Elizabeth Engle • Steve Englehart • Garth Ennis • Jordi Ensign • Simon Erich • Brent Erwin • Travis Escarfullery • Joey Esposito • Donald Evans • Khari Evans • Vince Evans • Jay Fabares • Glenn Fabry • Paul Fairchild Romulo Fajardo • Fang • Ray Fawkes • Phil Felix • Ian Feller • Chris Fenton • Jim Fern • Erin Finnegan • Debbie Fix • Ken Flatt • Jared K. Fletcher • Thomas Florimonte • John Floyd • Maurice Fontenot • Dick Foreman Travel Foreman • Wendy Fouts • Winston Fowkes • Tom Fowler • Dan Fraga • Francesco Francavilla • Akhigbade Francis • Mark Frangos • Gary Frank • Simon Frank • Fred Fredericks • Atom! Freeman Scott Friedlander • Andy Friedman • Jenny Frison • Marcelo Frusin • James Fry • Simon Furman • Jeremy Fuscaldo • Antonio Fuso • Christos Gage • Romain Galand • Michael Gallagher • Stephen Gans • Lee Garbett Manuel Garcia • Dan Garcia • David Garcia Cruz • Alex Garner • Alejandro Garza • Carlos Garzon • Matthew Gasser • Stefano Gaudiano • Steve Geiger • Stephen A. Geppi • Mitch Gerads • Theresa Giardino Chris Giarrusso • Noelle Giddings • Keith Giffen • Robert Gill • Jeff Gillis • Axel Gimenez • Dick Giordano • Sebastian Girner • Sam Glanzman • Alex Glass • Gina Going • Brad L. 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Harris • Jon Hartz • Kurt Hathaway • Michael Hawthorne Mark Heike • Mike Heisler • Dennis Heisler • Eric Heisserer • Erica Henderson • Andrew Hennessy • Clayton Henry • Gilbert Hernandez • Paul Hewitt • Hi-Fi Colour Design • Troy Hickman • David Hillman • Don Hillsman Bryan Hitch • Laura Hitchcock • Art Holcomb • Jonathan Holdredge • Ben Holliday • Matt Hollingsworth • Al Holter • Eric Hope • Richard Horie • Edwin Huang • Aaron Hubrich • Sara Hubrich • Donald C. Hudson • Rian Hughes Kingman Huie • John Hunt • Brian Hurtt • Jamal Igle • Imbue Productions • Mark Irwin • Jason Irwin • Chris Ivy • C.J. • Vivek J. Tiwary • Dennis J. Woodyard • Bill Jaaska • Janet “JayJay” Jackson Gordon Jackson • Toby Jaffe • Nicholas James • Kelly Jarvis • Paul Jenkins • Scott Jenkins • Oscar Jimenez • Bradford Johansen • Elizabeth John • Josh Johns • Dave Johnson • Jeff Johnson • Robert Johnson Peter Johnson • Rich Johnson • J.G. Jones • Justin Jordan • Brad K. Joyce • Benjamin Jung • Klebs Júnior • Dan Jurgens • Len Kaminski • Gil Kane • Kano • Andy Karabatsos • Paris T. 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Massarsky • Glauber Matos • Jeff Matsuda • Kevin Maurer • Rich Maurizio • Val Mayerik • Dan Mayers • Gonzalo Mayo Rick Mays • Dave McCaig • Patrick McCallum • Jessie McCann • Trevor McCarthy • Aaron McClellan • Mark McClellan • Ben McCool • John McCrea • Scott McDaniel • Dwayne McDuffi e • Mike McGuire Mark McKenna • Mike McKone • Frank McLaughlin • Ryan McLelland • Bob McLeod • Rachel Menashe • Karen Merbaum • David Messina • Robert Meyers • J. Michael Straczynski • Rene Micheletti • David Michelinie Grant Miehm • Mike Mignola • Danny Miki • Mike Mikolajczyk • Seymour Miles • Al Milgrom • Matt Milla • Frank Miller • Randy Miller • Peter Milligan • Tony Millionaire • Dan Mintz • Steve Mitchell • Daniela Miwa • Jade Moede Mary Moede • Kevin Molen • Jorge Molina • Steve Montano • Zach Montoya • Rags Morales • Mark Moretti • Anthony Moretti • Neal Moritz • Gabriel Morrissette • Gray Morrow • Greg Morrow, Ph.D. • Paul Mounts Tom Muller • Jim Muniz • Andy Mushynsky • Marat Mychaels • John Nadeau • Stephen Naughton • Rudy Nebres • Art Nichols • Fabian Nicieza • Bethanne Niedz • Adam Niedzwiecki • Teresa Nielsen-Hayden Morton R. Nissen • Cedric Nocon • Ronnie Noize • Cary Nord • Justin Norman • Dan Norton • Phyllis Novin • Kevin Nowlan • Jordan Nowlin • Carmen Nunez • Len O’Grady • Victor Olazaba • Pat Oliffe • Hector Oliveira Rod Ollerenshaw • Jerry Ordway • Brian Orlowski • Guillermo Ortego • Jared Osborn • Robert Osbourne • John Ostrander • • Arthur Outram • Robert M. 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To everyone that either works for, or has done work for Valiant, Thank You.

 

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