Add another creator to Valiant Entertainment's growing list of exclusive talent: TomÃ¡s Giorello has made Valiant his exclusive comics home, and CBR has the first look at 10 black-and-white pages of August's "4001 A.D.: War Mother" one-shot, the artist's first full-length interior work for the publisher.
"4001 A.D.: War Mother" #1, part of the currently unfolding "4001 A.D." event story, is written by Valiant veteran Fred Van Lente, and is scheduled for release on Aug. 3. Giorello's prior credits include "Green Lantern: New Guardians" at DC Comics, various Star Wars comics at Dark Horse and "Bloodshot Reborn" covers for Valiant.
Giorello joins a robust list of creators who have signed exclusive deals with Valiant. In March of this year, Valiant announced 15 artists under new or renewed exclusive deals, including Doug Braithwaite, David Lafuente, Clayton Henry, Trevor Hairsine, Juan Jose Ryp and Mico Suayan.
Following "War Mother," Giorello's art will next be seen at Valiant as part of September's "X-O Manowar" #50, in a story written by Matt Kindt; two of multiple creators contributing to the series' finale (for now, at least) issue.
Covers and solicitation text for "4001 A.D.: War Mother" -- said to reveal a "major new character" to the Valiant Universe -- follow.
4001 A.D.: WAR MOTHER #1
Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Art by TOMAS GIORELLO
Cover A by DAVID MACK
Cover B by JELENA KEVIC DJURDJEVIC
Cover C by CARY NORD
Character Design Variant by ANDRES GUINALDO
Interlocking Mega-Cover Variant by RYAN LEE
In the 41st century, much of the planet has been reduced to a barren wasteland. New Japan orbits the Earth as a floating oasis that towers over the ashes of the old world. The survivors of this desolate new age, robbed of the planet's once-lush natural resources, must endure great hardships to survive. Amidst the devastation, one outpost of scientific knowledge has thrived by adhering to a strict code of isolation. But even the denizens of this walled city must venture out into the wasteland to gather supplies from the remnants of what was. This task is designated to one and one alone: War Mother.
But all is not peaceful, even in New Japan. When the space-faring empire begins jettisoning city-sized sectors to Earth during the onset of a civil war, War Mother is called upon with a new mission: mega-salvage! Armed with a newly born sentient sniper rifle, War Mother is a one-woman army bent on sacking the crash-landed sector's technology-laden debris for anything of value to her tribe. But, as calm turns to chaos, Sector 8146 will reveal a telling secret about Earth's true order that will collide War Mother against her community, her code, and her calling...and bring destruction down upon one of humanity's last surviving outposts of order.