The Valiant #1

Writer: Matt Kindt, Jeff Lemire Artist: Paolo Rivera Publisher: Valiant Comics Release Date: December 10, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 32 User Reviews: 16
8.8Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

The Eternal Warrior has protected the Earth for more than 10,000 years. A master of countless weapons and long forgotten martial arts, he is guided by the Geomancers – those who speak for the Earth. During his long watch, the Eternal Warrior has failed three times. Each time, the Geomancer was killed…and a new dark age for humanity began. Each time, he was unable to stop The Immortal Enemy – a monstrous force of nature. A civilization killer. A horror that appears differently each time it arrives…and whose seemingly only purpose is to bring disorder and darkness to the world. Now, the time has come for The Immortal Enemy to return onc more

  • 10
    Pastrami Nation - Nolan Smith Dec 12, 2014

    Lemire has been on fire in the last few years, as his work on Animal Man and Green Arrow is nothing less than fantastic. His co-writer, Matt Kindt, is another massive rising star, as his book, MIND MGMT, is a superbly executed piece of modern comic history. Rivera brings the story to life like only he can, as we see a fun, vibrant action comic, laced with laughs and character development. I cant recommend The Valiant #1 enough, as it is a landmark for the modern age of comics, and is opening the door to what is sure to be a Golden Age for Valiant Entertainment. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Dec 22, 2014

    The Valiant is the must read of the year from Valiant. Armor Wars was fun, but this is going to be awesome in the classical sense. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Matt Deery Nov 10, 2014

    Overall The Valiant is a solid first issue, setting the scene, ramping up the stakes and reminding us why this cast of characters are utter badasses. New fans will be able to jump on here and get a great introduction to the Valiant Universe whilst current readers will enjoy this next chapter of the Valiant Universe and the ramifications that this will have for the characters in their own titles. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Spectrum - Kevyn Knox Dec 19, 2014

    One could say that my love for this book is merely a swirling of newfound emotions for the Valiant Universe I have immersed myself in these past few days, but I'm here to tell ya this is honest to goodness quality comic booking right here. End of story"or actually, just the beginning. Read Full Review

  • 10
    We The Nerdy - Alexander Handziuk Dec 2, 2014

    The art duties are filled out by one, Paolo Rivera, a familiar name to those who have been reading Daredevil recently. As much as Riveras work on Daredevil was great, his work on this issue is simply breathtaking. Rivera draws a crisp yet edgy Valiant Universe, which works superbly. His depiction of The Immortal Enemy, which The Eternal Warrior fights, is truly horrifying and causes the reader to both bask in the beautiful art and cower in fear at the same time. Read Full Review

  • 10
    All-Comic - Tyler Goulet Dec 4, 2014

    After something as spectacular as Armor Hunters Valiant doesnt slow down; instead, it picks up the pages and puts something of this caliber in front of you, with a smirk. This is the kind of stuff you need to be reading. Its setting the bar for all other books, not just within Valiant, and it might just make you reconsider some of the books you're pulling when you try and compare them to this. The Valiant is yet another reason; one of many, that Valiant deserves to be on your pull list. How the hell can they top themselves next? Only they can answer that one, folks. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Buccaneer Book Reviews - Cap'n Aldous B. Adder Dec 16, 2014

    Definitely a title worth reading. Not only should you read it if you are a Valiant fan, but you should if you like superhero/high-adventure comics and stories in general because Kindt and Lemire do a bang-up job and made me want to immediately want more at the end of the issue. Far, far more than any of the work they've done for the bigger companies and franchises. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Shadowhawk's Shade - AJ Dec 15, 2014

    Paolo Rivera is the artist here, with colours by Joe Rivera and letters by Dave Lanphear. The art in this issue is absolutely stunning. It is primarily Gilad through the ages, fighting one enemy after another in a seemingly endless struggle for dominance over his world, but at the same time, the artists capture the character's hopes and desperation really well. And when Bloodshot gets on the scene, the action really ramps up since the character is all about the big flashy action sequences. Kay can seem a bit odd at first but by pairing her up with Armstrong in her first scenes, the artists and the writers do an incredible job of contrasting and developing both characters. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Book City Podcast - Matthias Talley Dec 9, 2014

    When it comes to the look of this book, Paolo Rivera's art is a good as always. It is unnerving at times, as the story is almost told through character's expressions, in addition to the layout designs. I really like the design of the Immortal Enemy. This thing looks creepy and without a doubt belongs in a horror movie. The little details that Rivera gives to his characters faces provides a lot of personality and emotion. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Nerds Unchained - Connor Frigon Nov 17, 2014

    Kindt, Lemire and Rivera's The Valiant is more than just another good comic. It's a statement. It's a confident demonstration of Valiant's eye for talent. It's all the potential of the Valiant universe fully realized for all to see. If this is the state of Valiant comics going forward, then I can't wait to see what they do next. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Russell Johnson Nov 29, 2014

    Kindt has a intimate knowledge of the Valiant Universe with his work on Unity and it shows here in spades. With a quick look at Bloodshot and his task to retrieve something long lost that is very much now in need and a quick nod to X-O Manowar, The Valiant is setting up to be a fantastic and grandiose story. With Lemire, Kindt and Rivera at the helm it's in great hands and a story for longtime Valiant fans and new readers alike. The Valiant is destined to be one of the best books Valiant has released this year hands down! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Dec 24, 2014

    The Valiant is an event comic done right. It quickly introduces all of the key players and clearly explains what's at stake. There is a dark force coming for these characters and things will get worse before they get better, but you can be damn sure that there's going to be one helluva fight when all is said and done. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Jorge Solis Dec 9, 2014

    The Immortal Enemy has been around for centuries, taking on different shapes and names. An unstoppable killer of civilizations, the Immortal Enemy has been recognized by mere mortals as the Minotaur or Grendal. Each time the Immortal Enemy has arrived for the Geomancer, and each time their protect Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Herald - Bill Zeiders Dec 6, 2014

    In the hands of such talented creators, The Valiant could be the rocket that sends Valiant into the stratosphere. If you've been hesitant in the past, now is time to put these comics on your pull list. Besides, any comic that leads to the return of Ninjak has to make any comics fan's shortlist of must-reads. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Outright Geekery - Brian Lloyd Nov 28, 2015

    This is a 4 part mini so I will be writing reviews for each issue however I can't be more pleased with the quality of this story and I'm excited to see where it goes. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Luke Anderson Dec 15, 2014

    The Valiant promises to bring together the elements of the Valiant universe we haven't seen interacting so much in theUnity or Harbinger titles; and aside from being a little saddened they haven't included Archer, I cannot wait to see how Valiant's heavy hitters fare against their absolute worst nightmare. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Chris Romero Dec 12, 2014

    Lemire and Kindt have teamed up to bring us a fresh story featuring a modern geomancer known as Kay McHenry. The Valiant #1 serves up a sense of impending doom without dwelling on the characters' origins. You don't need to be familiar with them at all in order to follow the story; making it an exciting jumping-on point for new readers. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Kevin Finnigan Dec 8, 2014

    An amazing start to a new miniseries Read Full Review

  • 9.0 - Chase Magnett Dec 7, 2014

    The issue's conclusion sews the issue together nicely, returning to the story's opening and connecting it to the characters and events throughout the issue. It completes this chapter, allowing for a complete experience while only introducing the elements of a much broader epic. It is clear as the issue ends that Kindt, Lemire, and Rivera have an excellent grasp over the story they are telling and how they desire to tell it. The Valiant #1 is a striking introduction filled with action, humor, and some of the best storytelling in superhero comics. If you're not reading Valiant comics, this is the place to start. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Hulking Reviewer - Kareem Ali Dec 9, 2014

    Valiant #1 is a solid start to the blockbuster event but is more of a steady build up to the greatest threat in Earth's history as opposed to an explosive issue. I enjoyed the recap of Gilad's previous encounters with the Immortal Enemy because they established the latter's stature. And the introduction to the latest Geomancer was handled very well. Nothing was revealed about the nature of the Immortal Enemy but I assume that will become clearer when the depths of its power are explored in modern times. I was skeptical of another major event so soon but I'm on board now and can't wait for the next episode. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Jeff Lake Dec 10, 2014

    Not only is The Valiant #1 a great jumping on point for new readers, it's also a great comic. Matt Kindt and Jeff Lemire work in perfect sync, their debut further bolstered by Paulo Rivera's immersive art. This is a story that's only just scratched the surface of it's potential, so if you've been looking to get into the universe, don't sleep on this one. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Nov 11, 2014

    The Valiant hits in December, and this is a four issue limited series that's perfect for folks who might want to see the style of comic that Valiant has to offer. Here's looking forward to see where it goes and what Valiant has in store next! Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Dec 10, 2014

    The Valiant # 1 is a solid start that in the same capacity as Unity shows what can happen when a great force out there calls upon the need for greater heroes to rise to the occasions. Especially when an aged Gilad has pretty much had enough of failure that can now be avoided. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Multiversity Comics - David Harper and Matthew Meylikhov Nov 12, 2014

    It's definitely a great book, very solid in terms of construction and craft, and I would imagine this may end up being Valiant's biggest book. I hope it is. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Gregg Katzman Dec 10, 2014

    THE VALIANT #1 is a pretty awesome trip into the Valiant universe and feels like it's the beginning of a story you won't want to miss. Not only does it expand Eternal Warrior's tale (unlike Joker, you'll know how Gilad got those scars) and give us a solid insight into Geomancer in a way that's friendly to new readers, but it also properly introduces a jaw-dropping antagonist and feels like the start of what'll hopefully be a very epic adventure which involves a number of the publisher's lovable characters. Whether it's violence, horror, or a laid back conversation between two characters, Rivera went all-out to make sure the visuals are every bit as good as the script. Love Valiant? Then you should have already read this by now and, if not, you need to go buy it right now. The exposition may be a little blatant at times, but it's still a very exciting start. Curious about Valiant? Go pick this up and see why so many of us have fallen in love with this universe. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geekality - Warren Fitzpatrick Dec 11, 2014

    My love for Valiant's current work remains high. They consistently put out some of the best comics I've read, and this is a promising start. The quibbles I have our minimal and should be alleviated as the story progresses. It has functional artwork that did a great job illustrating an action sequence for Bloodshot. OH, and then they end the issue with artists notes over the black and white pages, always a great learning tool for aspiring artists and writers, and great for fans to see the logic that goes into each page. That alone can be worth the price of admission. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Ross Sweeney Dec 9, 2014

    Overall, it's a pretty great opening issue to the cross-over " the writing's sharp, the art is incredible, and as an introduction to Valiant's pantheon of off-piste super-folk, whilst it does lack a few details on some of the supporting players, it's still a great jumping-on point for their perpetually underrated stories. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Kliq Nation - Timdogg Dec 9, 2014

    If you are new to Valiant, The Valiantis THE perfect jumping on point. This four-issue limited series will lead intoValiant Next, Valiant's newest initiative going into 2015. The repercussions felt here will reverberate throughout every comic going forward. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - John F. Trent Dec 10, 2014

    The Valiant #1 focuses on excellent character creation with an overarching battle between the caretakers of Earth and the Immortal Enemy, a force of entropy and decay. In just this one issue Matt Kindt, Jeff Lemire, and Pablo Rivera are able to introduce three compelling and interesting characters with diverse backgrounds and their own problems. However, Bloodshot's story does not seem connected to the issue and Kay's development leaves a lot of blank spaces that are begging to be filled. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jan 3, 2015

    The Valiant #1 is a good start to this new character revival. It does a good job introducing the various characters, some better than others, while presenting a solid challenge for our heroes to face. The art is more than capable of keeping up with the expansive story, and I think I'll definitely pick up more issues going forward. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Dec 10, 2014

    While the issue has a lot of background to establish and ends up diminishing its presumed lead character, "The Valiant" #1 is still a pretty good lead-in that's setting up a promising and tense confrontation. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Scott Cederlund Dec 16, 2014

    This issue is a quarter of this series, the first issue of a planned four-issue run. It feels like a wasted issue where more should have happened. Kindt, Lemire and Rivera put together a solid comic book that serves a function but never rises above that function. Rivera's art is stunning, as it humbly opens up a world of uncertainty and danger. The quietness of his artwork sets up for foreboding atmosphere of evil in this world. Kindt and Lemire's story walks us through these characters, giving them all their moment in the light but it is hardly able to find anything for them to do with the spotlight. The Valiant #1 is a story of introductions, but it gets bogged down in those introductions and forgets to actually do anything with its colorful characters. Read Full Review

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