During the last Underrated post, I mentioned that there would be more from the Valiant Universe. So I asked myself, “self, do you think you could write an entire Underrated on just the Valiant Comic Book Universe?”
Well, read on and find out!
A few things before we start; firstly, this is at best a snap shot into the Valiant Universe, and is not definitive or complete. Secondly, I’m no expert on Valiant, but I have loved all that I’ve read from them. Thirdly, this will be an eccectic mix of characters and story arcs, with almost no rhyme or reason behind anything.
A time displaced Visigoth named Aric of Dacia who was captured in the 5th century by an alien race, The Vine, looking to enlave him Aric escaped and took possession (stole) of an alien battle suit. Escaping his captors he returned to Earth with other freed Visigoth prisoners, only to find that sixteen hundred years had passed since his abduction. Now he leads his freed people in a world that has advanced beyond their understanding. A new story arc entitled Exodus with X-O Manowar #39 (released on August 12th) recently began which will make it an ideal jumping on point for new readers.
The Eternal Warrior
Possibly the most intriguing character in the Valiant Universe (to me, anyway) is Gilad Ani-Padda, the Eternal Warrior. He is one of the greatest warriors on the planet, an immortal who has lived since 3267 BC, he is destined to out live nations that have yet to form. The Eternal Warrior was my first exposure to Valiant, and as such he remains my favourite character from the publisher.
A British ninja who probably shouldn’t make me laugh as much as he does when appearing in the few books I’ve seen him in, Ninjak is also the star of his own solo series (currently approaching the 6th issue) that has been getting rave reviews.
Book Of Death
A series chronicling the end of the Valiant Universe, the first issue is (as of this writing) the only issue published. You don’t need to have an encyclopedic knowledge of Valiant’s characters to be able to enjoy this series; the small blurbs in this post will probably serve you well enough. I reviewed the first issue here, so I won’t blather on about it too much again.
There we have it – an entire Underrated on just the Valiant Universe. Was it a complete look at the publishers’ comics? No, it wasn’t. I missed some pretty great comics and characters simply because I don’t know enough about them, but hopefully it’ll give you a glimpse into the fresh world of Valiant. Who knows, maybe you’ll want to learn a bit more about it’s characters and comics.
Are there other comic books out there that are, for whatever reason, underrated and under-appreciated?
Because of that, Underrated will return next week to highlight more comic book related stuff that either gets ignored despite it’s high quality, or maybe isn’t quite as bad as we tend to think it is.
Until next time!