Valiant Entertainment has announced artist Trevor Hairsine as its latest exclusive creative talent. Hairsine made his Valiant debut earlier this year on writer Robert Venditti's "Planet Death" arc for "X-O Manowar" and a four-issue run on "Harbinger" with artist Khari Evans. More recently, Hairsine was announced as the artist for Greg Pak's "Eternal Warrior" ongoing series, which launches in September.
"I had a blast working on X-O Manowar and Harbinger, and couldn't be more excited about launching Eternal Warrior with Greg Pak," Hairsine said in a press release. "Valiant's an incredibly exciting place to be, and I'm looking forward to making great comics with them for some time to come."
Hairsine joins fellow Valiant-exclusive creative talents Cary Nord and Joshua Dysart, who spoke with CBR at WonderCon Anaheim 2013 about his reasons for going Valiant-exclusive.
"I just like it scrappy and small. I like being part of that battle. I'm trying not to be negative about it, but I just don't think the corporatization of comics is a trend that really benefits us," Dysart told CBR. "Obviously, it's absolutely necessary and Valiant's a corporation, and obviously Valiant is going to be a war of attrition in a way because every book they add dilutes the line and every time they get bigger, theoretically they could become a Marvel or DC. But for now, it's a small company, the CEO is right here putting books on the table. I love that! That's who I want to be with. There's such a joy and collectivism about it."
Check out the official press release below.
Official Press Release
In advance of the release of Eternal Warrior #1 this September, Valiant is proud to announce that superstar artist Trevor Hairsine has signed on as the publisher's next exclusive artist!
A veteran of 2000 AD and Judge Dredd Megazine, Hairsine made his mainstream comics breakthrough in 2002 as the artist of the acclaimed mini-series Cla$$war. Shortly thereafter, Hairsine moved to Marvel, where was named to the first wave of up-and-coming "Young Guns," alongside Jim Cheung, Olivier Coipel, David Finch, Adi Granov, and Steve McNiven. From 2003 onward, Hairsine penciled several high-profile titles, including Ultimate Six with writer Brian Michael Bendis, X-Men: Deadly Genesis with writer Ed Brubaker, and Ultimate Nightmare with writer Warren Ellis.Â
Hairsine made his Valiant debut earlier in early 2013, illustrating the prelude to the best-selling "Planet Death" storyline in X-O Manowar and, at present, is completing an acclaimed four-issue run onHarbinger with co-artist Khari Evans. On September 11th, the newly Valiant-exclusive artist will launch his first ongoing series for Valiant with New York Times best-selling writer Greg Pak in the pages ofEternal Warrior #1.
"I had a blast working on X-O Manowar and Harbinger, and couldn't be more excited about launching Eternal Warrior with Greg Pak," said Hairsine. "Valiant's an incredibly exciting place to be, and I'm looking forward to making great comics with them for some time to come."
"Trevor is one of the premier artists in comics and with good reason," said Valiant Executive Editor Warren Simons. "His work is nothing short of stunning, and, at the helm of Eternal Warrior with Greg Pak, they're readying an absolute monster of a book."
Hitting shops on September 11th, Eternal Warrior #1 is the first issue of all-new ongoing series featuring Valiant's most feared immortal, the Eternal Warrior. Across ten millennia and a thousand battlefields, Gilad Anni-Padda has traversed the darkest, most mysterious corners of history. But the horror and bloodshed of constant warfare has finally taken its toll on the man myth calls the Eternal Warrior...and he has abdicated his duties as the Fist and the Steel of Earth for a quiet life of seclusion. But when a blood vendetta from the distant past suddenly reappears in the modern day, he must decide if he will return to the ways of war...for the child who betrayed him thousands of years ago...
Hairsine joins Eisner Award-winning artist Cary Nord (X-O Manowar, Conan) and New York Times best-selling writer Joshua Dysart (Harbinger Wars, Harbinger) as the next addition to Valiant's roster of exclusive talent.