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25 Greatest Valiant Comics Stories #5-1

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25 Greatest Valiant Comics Stories #5-1

In honor of Valiant’s 25th Anniversary, we’re counting down your picks for the twenty-five greatest Valiant Comics stories.

You all voted, now here are the final results!

Enjoy!

5. “Armor Hunters” (Armor Hunters #1-4, Unity #8-11, X-O Manowar #26-29, Armor Hunters: Harbinger #1-3, Armor Hunters: Bloodshot #1-3)

Robert Vendetti has done an excellent job so far in his time as the writer of X-O Manowar in exploring the notion of unintended consequences, sort of like a larger scale version of The Butterfly Effect. Aliens kidnap Aric and his people, Aric escapes with the X-O Manowar armor. They come after him. He comes after them. He takes his people back. He tries to find land for his people on Earth. This leads to war. And this leads to the Armor Hunters coming for Aric. The Armor Hunters are a crack squad of alien beings who, well, hunt down X-O Manowar armor. They feel like they are doing what the galaxy needs and if they have to crush a planet in the process, well, that’s just what they’ll have to do…

Naturally, such a threat causes the entire Valiant Universe of heroes to come together to fight off the invaders, primarily X-O Manowar’s team, Unity (Ninjak, Eternal Warrior and Livewire). Bloodshot ends up playing a major role in the series, whose main comic was drawn by Doug Braithwaite.

4. “THE VALIANT” (THE VALIANT #1-4)

Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt and Paolo and Joe Rivera combine to tell this epic tale spanning the Valiant Universe. A being known as the Immortal Enemy has shown up – its whole purpose in life is to kill the Geomancer, the beings connected to the Earth who are here to help the world (and Eternal Warrior has been tasked with protecting them). The Eternal Warrior has failed to protect a Geomancer from the Immortal Enemy three times before and each time it led to a terrible dark era. Now the Immortal Enemy is back, and the Eternal Warrior teams up with Bloodshot to protect the current Geomancer, Kay McHenry, as well as Kay’s predestined successor (who is only a kid).

Along the way, they get help from various Valiant heroes, like X-O Manowar, Armstrong and Ninjak.

The art, as you can see, is spectacular…

The key relationship in the book turns out to be between Kay and the “man” known as Bloodshot, who hasn’t really been a man in years.

Read on to the next page for #3-1!

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