Secret Weapons #1

Secret Weapons #1

Writer: Eric Heisserer Artist: Raul Allen Publisher: Valiant Comics Release Date: June 28, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11
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Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Eric Heisserer (Arrival) joins Harvey Award-nominated artist Raúl Allén (Wrath of the Eternal Warrior) for Valiant's next prestige format limited series, starring Livewire and an extraordinary new team of heroes! The government has dispatched Amanda McKee - the technopath codenamed Livewire - to investigate the ruins of a secret facility formerly run by Toyo Harada, the most powerful telepath on Earth and her former mentor. In his quest for world betterment at any cost, Harada sought out and activated many potential psiots like himself. Those who survived, but whose powers he deemed to have no value more

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Levi Remington Apr 27, 2017

    The first issue succeeds on every major level. It's so promising that I wish the book could last for longer than its solicited 4 issues. Your heart will melt in-between smiling fits, your eyes will grow spoiled rotten from Raul Allen and Patricia Martin's visual splendor, and Eric Heisserer's character work will have you clutching the nearest pillow, yearning for more. Secret Weapons unknowingly fulfills a prophecy set forth by its title, coming out of nowhere and dominating from the start with a creative team that you never knew was a dream collaboration. This issue proves that Valiant's own secret weapon is an onslaught of brilliant stories from great talents, and while this issue is just the beginning, I miss the series already. Read Full Review

  • 10
    All-Comic - Amy Okamoto May 3, 2017

    Livewire's gun hands are locked and loaded for Secret Weapons #1. This captivating story embraces science fiction while feeding our need genuine emotion and human connection. Do not miss out on this stunning book. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Outright Geekery - Eric Ogar Baumgard Apr 27, 2017

    Overall, this is a great setup for these characters and this story. Long-time Valiant fans will find a lot to love in these pages, and new readers will be able to easily jump on-board without needing to do a bunch of research to understand what's happening. The art is strong and clean and the writing is clear and compelling. This is an issue I would recommend to any comic reader, Valiant fan or not. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - Alex K Cossa May 1, 2017

    Secret Weapons #1isn't the explosive issue that will draw you in with a bang right from the first page, but it is the comic that sets up what looks to be one hell of a story – and based on one issue of each, looks to be the superior story starting with the word Secret that's being released this year.Secret Weapons #1is an intelligently crafted, beautifully illustrated opening chapter in what looks to be another home run for Valiant. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Spartantown - Enrique Rea May 2, 2017

    Secret Weapons #1 is another winner for Valiant with a beautifully told and illustrated debut that speaks to the heart of what makes a hero a hero. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Jun 24, 2017

    A strong opening issue that has relatable characters and sharp as hell art. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Multiversity Comics - Ken Godberson III May 8, 2017

    A fascinating and emotional start to a hopefully fantastic mini-series. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge May 10, 2017

    With just a four-issue run, Secret Weapons sets up the basics pretty well here. A lot of the appeal for me is with Nikki and her bird-talking ability simply because of the conversations she has and naming two of them Waldorf and Statler. The bigger idea here is a good one with the way that there will be a lot of targeting of the ineffective psiots out there as they're easy to take out and you can see people being empowered by that through their own fear. Heisserer has some good setup here but so far the stakes are simple and low (relatively speaking) and the basic element is survival, which can and is done well here. But it lacks something for me as a new reader to this part of the Valiant universe to feel really invested into it in a big way. Yet, the lack of big stakes is definitely a big plus so that it's not overkill. I'd definitely check it out though as this team has put together a great looking book that's smooth reading with lots of potential. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Hulking Reviewer - Kareem Ali May 21, 2017

    Secret Weapons #1 is an intriguing start to the series because it successfully takes lesser psiots and creates an engrossing story where the stakes matter. The character development is entertaining, and it's easy to care about them because they care about each other. It's easy to enjoy battles between high-powered psiots. However, this series is on track to show that even psiots discarded by Harada have an interesting future. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bleeding Cool - Dan Wickline Apr 25, 2017

    Secret Weapons feels a little bit like the original New Warriors graphic novel crossed with the first issue of Harbinger. The characters are compelling and you get pulled into the story very quickly. Allen's art grounds the book, making it feel more realistic than a normal superhero story. This is the type of book Marvel used to do so well, the group of misfits and rejects pulled together to become heroes. Put this one on your pull list, you won't be disappointed. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes May 4, 2017

    I have mentioned before that, at times, I don't see the attraction of Valiant Books. I feel that some of the characters have passed their shelf life, hence them vanishing from the comic racks in the past. Still, I do recognize that the Valiant powers that be are trying hard to give their line some momentum with Divinity and the X-O reboot. This book certainly fits the mold of mature superheroes, done in a mature manner. Read Full Review

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