Valiant have announced an upcoming summer standalone comics event, a four issue series which brings Shadowman and Ninjak together for a mysterious journey to the Deadside. Lately at conventions and even online, fans have been asking about bringing Shadowman back to the forefront of the Valiant Universe, and this seems to be a pretty profound answer–a team up book of two of Valiant’s fan favorite characters.
Written by Matt Kindt and drawn by CAFU, this event titled Rapture is being compared to The Valiant series which brought together characters in the Valiant Universe for an epic adventure. Shadowman and Ninjak are the big players in the event, it seems, but it also looks like Tama and Punk Mambo will be back to round out the team-up.
Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani explains the ideas behind this event:
This series is ‘Lord of the Rings’ for the Valiant Universe, and Matt Kindt and CAFU have crafted a sprawling, Tolkien-esque journey that will see Ninjak, Shadowman, the Geomancer, and Punk Mambo fighting alongside a barbarian horde in one of their grandest battles yet. In the mold of previous standalone events like THE VALIANT, this series is a self-contained entry point that will will open an entirely new, unexplored corner of our universe and propel the twin destines of two of Valiant’s biggest characters forward for some time.
Here’s the official description of the event:
On a scarred landscape, two otherworldly armies prepare to battle one last time, vying for control of a massive tower named from an ancient language no longer permitted to be spoken.
One army is led by a primeval force named Babel, whose goal is singular: to breach “Heaven” no matter the cost. The only thing standing in his way is a gray-haired barbaric warrior, filled with rage and regret – a man who sees this battle as his last chance for redemption. But he knows his depleted forces have little chance of victory unless aid comes soon.
Enter Tama: A 12-year old girl on the crest of a hill overlooking the battle, who has just become humanity’s only hope. The last in an ancient line of mystics who protect the Earth, she has foreseen this battle and knows millions will perish if she’s unable to stop it. Now Tama and her ragtag team of malcontents – Ninjak, Shadowman and Punk Mambo – must somehow defeat an elder god hell bent on piercing the heavens.
We can expect the first installment of Rapture! to hit stores on May 24th. Covers for the first issue will be drawn by Harvey Award-nominated artist Mico Suayan (Bloodshot Reborn) Eisner Award-nominated artist J.G. Jones (Final Crisis), and the talented Kano (Swamp Thing), and CAFU (Action Comics).