Valiant have released a look at the interior pages on the first issue of a big summer debut, Secret Weapons, a series written by Oscar nominee Eric Heisserer and illustrated by Raul Allen with Patricia Martin. The series follows Livewire to a secret facility where Harada has been holding “reject” psiot kids whose powers are deemed less useful than others and she makes it her mission to free them and give them a better life. Or at least a more useful life? Secret Weapons is a prestige-format limited series, and another title from Valiant which presents a complex female lead character, which is a promising start.
Valiant’s official description of the series runs thus:
The government has dispatched Amanda McKee – the technopath codenamed Livewire – to investigate the ruins of a secret facility formerly run by Toyo Harada, the most powerful telepath on Earth and her former mentor. In his quest for world betterment at any cost, Harada sought out and activated many potential psiots like himself. Those who survived, but whose powers he deemed to have no value to his cause, were hidden away at this installation. But Livewire, having studied Harada’s greatest strengths and learned his deepest weaknesses, senses opportunity where he once saw failure. A young girl who can talk to birds… A boy who can make inanimate objects gently glow… To others, these are expensive disappointments. But, to Livewire, they are secret weapons…in need of a leader. Now, as a mechanized killer called Rexo seeks to draw them out, Livewire and her new team of cadets will be forced to put their powers into action…in ways they never could have imagined…
Secret Weapons #1 arrives on June 28th, and features covers by Raul Allen (Ninjak), Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic (Thor), Roberto De La Torre (Daredevil), and Bryan Hitch (Justice League of America).
Covers A and B, by Raul Allen and Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic have been released:
The interior artwork, which has been teased in fewer pages before, is igniting a lot of interest from fans, since it brings in a more European or Image-style art sensibility, particularly in the color palette. It brings us in closer to a youthful world for these psiots, who even among their own kind are considered freaks. This is definitely an event to look out for and it will be interesting to see what trails this blazes, artistically and thematically, in the Valiant Universe.
Here are our interior pages for Secret Weapons #1:
And here are a few more pages of advance art, previously released:
Find the order information for Secret Weapons #1, for retailers, below:
SECRET WEAPONS #1 (of 4)
Written by ERIC HEISSERER
Art by RAÚL ALLÉN with PATRICIA MARTIN
Cover A by RAÚL ALLÉN
Cover B by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC
Variant Cover by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE
Variant Cover by BRYAN HITCH
Signed Virgin Art Variant by RAÚL ALLÉN (Individually Signed by ERIC HEISSERER)
Blank Cover Also Available
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PRESTIGE | On Sale JUNE 28th (FOC – 6/5/17)