A ‘Vital Mythology’ Returns To Valiant With Shadowman Ongoing By Diggle And Segovia

by Hannah Means Shannon

After a teaser letting us know Shadowman was coming back to Valiant (and actually that had been teased verbally in the Valiant Summit last spring), Valiant have announced the creative team on a new Shadowman book set for March.

Andy Diggle and Stephen Segovia will be spear-heading the ongoing series, which will kick off on March 28th, 2018.

The new series is launching in the same retail calendar slot as Valiant used to kick off their first ICONS series, X-O Manowar previously and the company are calling it their “biggest ongoing launch of the year”.

As with other ICONS series like Bloodshot and X-O Manowar, the Shadowman series has been planned out at least two years in advance and is set to bring some major revelations about the titular character, Jack Boniface aka Shadowman, making him once again a major part of the company’s publishing plan.

And also like other ICONS series such as X-O Manowar, this new Shadowman series will be structured as a series of three-issue arcs with some rotating talent. The first of those arcs will be called “Fear the Dark”, with art by Stephen Segovia. In it, we’ll see Boniface return to New Orleans after a period in the Deadside.

Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani says:

Make no mistake: SHADOWMAN #1 will be Valiant’s single most important monthly series launch of 2018. Over the past year, we’ve dedicated a vast amount of time and resources to cementing tentpole series for our most beloved and demanded characters, and Shadowman has long been at the top of that list. This is one of the most vital, but as-yet unexplored, mythologies in the whole of the Valiant library. Together, Andy Diggle and Stephen Segovia are going to be leading off a massive slate of surprises – wait until you see the second arc! – that are going to make Shadowman an integral component of Valiant’s bold plans for the future.

The first issue of the new series will have covers by Tonci Zonjic (Who is Jake Ellis?), Renato Guedes (Bloodshot Salvation), Raul Allen (Secret Weapons), Juan Jose Ryp (Britannia) and Travel Foreman (Animal Man) and also Valiant’s first “high-end glow in the dark variant cover of Zonjic’s artwork in luminescent ink”.

Here’s a look at those covers:

 

And here’s a first look at some of Segovia’s artwork on issue #1:

Fans will also be able to take advantage of a pre-order bundle for Shadowman, similar to previous ICONS series from Valiant:

And here’s our order information on the spooky new series:

SHADOWMAN (2018) #1
Written by ANDY DIGGLE
Art by STEPHEN SEGOVIA
Cover A by TONCI ZONJIC (JAN182001)
Cover B by RENATO GUEDES (JAN182002)
Interlocking Variant by JUAN JOSÉ RYP (JAN182003)
Shadowman Icon Variant by TRAVEL FOREMAN (JAN182004)
Glow-in-the-Dark Variant by TONCI ZONJIC (JAN182005)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale MARCH 28th (FOC – 3/5/18)

SHADOWMAN (2018) #1-3 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE
Written by ANDY DIGGLE
Art by STEPHEN SEGOVIA
Covers by RAUL ALLEN (JAN182006)
$3.99 [3 issues] | 40 pgs. each | T+ | Issue #1 On Sale MARCH 28th (IOD – 1/25/18)