Valiant has unveiled the title that they referred to as “Classified” during their 2017 Summit, and that title is War Mother, a 4 part series with the first issue landing in August.
It’s a new series following the breakout success of the hero in the pages of 4001 A.D. and this story is set in the future, too. This is her first standalone series, and the protector of 41st century Earth will arrive in issue #1 on August 23rd. Written by Fred Van Lente (Archer & Armstrong, Ivar Timewalker) and illustrated by Stephen Segovia (Ninjak, Action Comics) War Mother will give us entry point to the heroes defending the Valiant Universe in the far future.
In the far future of the Valiant Universe, Earth is no longer hospitable, destroyed by endless war, the world is broken up into enclaves to survive. In one enclave called “The Grove”, Earth’s last known “repository of scientific knowledge” and “bioengineered prosperity” exists. Under the leadership of a protector called War Mother and her “sentient” sniper rifle, the people of The Grove face a critical choice. Do they remain where they are and die, or find a new land to populate and flourish?
In an interview on SyFy Wire, Fred Van Lente says:
I think the people around her and Flaco – her talking, sentient sniper rifle – are probably more hesitant or filled with self-doubt than [War Mother] ever has been… So Ana finds herself in a weird position – she’s the only person from the Grove that’s ever left it, but now she’s also the leader.
Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani explains:
The year 4001 is a critically important component of the Valiant Universe – a turning point where the full effect of events of the present day finally come into focus in the future. As readers who picked up this year’s Free Comic Book Day issue can attest, it’s a setting that we’ll be revisiting multiple times over the coming year – and not just in this series. War Mother is a character that resonated instantly upon her first appearance and, as we noted at the time, she is a major new player that can stand alongside Valiant’s most powerful and enduring heroes.
The new series will feature a lineup of covers from artists David Mack (Daredevil), Clayton Crain (4001 A.D.), Kano (Daredevil), Jen Bartel (Jem & The Holograms), and Monika Palosz (Divinity III: Stalinverse).
Here’s the solicit information for the first issue of War Mother:
WAR MOTHER #1 (of 4)
Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Art by STEPHEN SEGOVIA
Cover A by DAVID MACK
Cover B by CLAYTON CRAIN
Cover C by KANO
Variant Cover by JEN BARTEL
Variant Cover by MONIKA PALOSZ
Blank Cover Also Available
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale AUGUST 23rd (FOC – 7/31/17)