We’ve been waiting for this for a while here at OTV, and I’ve personally been waiting a long time. We started this site, and the OTV podcast, in March of 2008. Back then, the Harbinger hardcover book had come out, the X-O Manowar hardcover book was on its way, and the rumblings from Valiant seemed to be that comics would be coming in late 2008 or early 2009.
That plan got interupted, and there were set backs on the way. It seemed like the team at Valiant Entertainment took every set back and turned around to take a bigger and better step forward.
They brought the right people on board, and took their time. Now, it is here. Valiant Comics are again on comic book stands.
On top of that, it’s Free Comic Book Day! I hope you are either getting ready to go, or are on your way back from your local comic shop to pick up the Valiant FCBD issue!
Enough basking in fandom joy, on to the week in review!
- More reviews of X-O Manowar #1 keep showing up, like this one from Comic Book Critic, this from ComicBook.com, and this one from Inside Pulse
The thing that impresses me is that I haven’t read a bad pre-release review of X-O Manowar #1. Usually there is a curmudgeon somewhere, but I haven’t found one.
The calm before the storm. Not too calm, there’s tons of chatter, more reviews (too many to link to), and noise around the internet, all waiting for Wednesday…
X-O Manowar #1 hits the stands!
- Comics Alliance posted a Interview with Rian Hughes about designing the new Valiant logo and corporate identity
- TFAW hosted an interview with Joshua Dysart about the upcoming Harbinger comic, plus they’re hosting a contest when you preorder Harbinger
- IGN teamed up with Midtown Comics and Valiant to bring a Valiant Live, a panel discussion of the new books with Robert Venditti (X-O Manowar), Fred Van Lente (Archer & Armstrong), Warren Simons (Executive Editor) and Dinesh Shamdasani (Chief Creative Officer). It was pretty cool! The replay is now available.
Friday was a pretty quiet day. Everybody was recovering from the launch of X-O, and gearing up for Free Comic Book Day!