In March, Valiant Entertainment kicks off a six month long initiative, releasing new preview books for upcoming Valiant First titles to its top 500 retail partners. CBR News has the exclusive first word below, along with an exclusive fully-lettered look at the publisher's debut title for the program -- Matt Kindt and Clayton Crain's "Rai" #1 -- and Doug Braithwaite's pencils for "Armor Hunters" #1!
Official Press Release
In support of theÂ Valiant FirstÂ publishing initiative, Valiant is proud to announce theÂ Valiant First Pullbox PreviewÂ - a brand new wave of promotional preview books shipping from March to August to Valiant's top 500 retail partners worldwide! Valiant's Pullbox Preview editions will come bundled in shrink-wrapped packages of 20, and can be distributed to comic shop patrons and pullbox subscribers. Valiant will also be making additional bundles available to retailers for reorder via Diamond.
Hitting stores onÂ March 12thÂ alongsideÂ Unity #5,Â the first Pullbox Preview edition will feature a fully lettered preview ofÂ Rai #1Â by superstar creatorsÂ Matt KindtÂ andÂ Clayton Crain, plus the first look at master storytellerÂ Doug Braithwaite's stunning interior pencil art forÂ Armor Hunters #1 (of 4), a complete checklist reading order for the entire 18-partÂ Armor HuntersÂ crossover event, and much more!
"Over the course of the past two years, Valiant has made it our mission to arm our retail partners with some of the very best promotional tools and incentives in the business. Now, with the highly anticipated Valiant First rollout set to begin this May with Rai #1, Valiant is redoubling its efforts yet again with the new Pullbox Preview program. Beginning this March, fans can head to their local retailer each month and pick up the first of many all-new, free looks inside the biggest Valiant releases of the year with our new Pullbox Preview promotional comics," said Valiant Publisher Fred Pierce.
What do you read first? Throughout 2014, Valiant will be rocketing to the top of your read pile with a major #1 issueÂ debut monthly by some of the most talented creators in comics. Each month, Valiant is committed to delivering compelling and accessible new entry points to its award-winning publishing lineÂ - all while releasing no more than nine core titles per month by the end of the year. A combination of new ongoing titles, unprecedented crossover collisions, and high-profile mini-series, these are the titles that will have you reading Valiant FIRST when you head home from the comic shop!
RAI #1Â byÂ Matt KindtÂ (Unity,Â Mind MGMT) &Â Clayton CrainÂ (X-Force)
ARMOR HUNTERS #1 byÂ Robert VendittiÂ (X-O Manowar,Â Green Lantern) & Doug Braithwaite (Unity, Justice)
ARMOR HUNTERS: BLOODSHOT #1Â byÂ Joe HarrisÂ (X-Files: Season 10) &Â Trevor HairsineÂ (X-Men: Deadly Genesis)
ARMOR HUNTERS: HARBINGER #1Â byÂ Joshua DysartÂ (Harbinger Wars) &Â Robert GillÂ (Batgirl)
THE DELINQUENTS #1Â byÂ Fred Van LenteÂ (Marvel Zombies),Â James AsmusÂ (Thief of Thieves) &Â KanoÂ (Gotham Central)
THE DEATH-DEFYING DR. MIRAGE #1Â byÂ Jen Van MeterÂ (Hopeless Savages) &Â Roberto de la TorreÂ (Daredevil)
Head to your local comics retailer this March to get your first look at the landmark comics initiative of 2014 in the pages of theÂ Valiant First Pullbox PreviewÂ - featuring an advance preview ofÂ Rai #1Â byÂ Matt KindtÂ andÂ Clayton Crain! And look for subsequent issues spotlighting Valiant First's most important releases to arrive each and every month.
For Valiant merchandise and more, visitÂ ValiantStore.com.