Valiant Rise Again?
One Fan With a Dream Makes His Move...
morning an e-mail went out to comics sites, with news that
might get a lot of fans prematurely excited. Let's not count
any chickens before they're hatched, but it looks like a
serious move is about to be made to revive the assets of
may remember Valiant -- the company that Jim Shooter launched
and used to shake the comics industry. When Image started
up and pushed the focus to art, Valiant had writing that
gripped readers from month to month before it attracted
the attention of videogame titan Acclaim. That company purchased
Valiant and had no idea what to do with it.
a result, Acclaim folded their publishing arm. At
least they got a couple of decent videogames out of their
new property, including the durable Turok, Dinosaur Hunter
few months ago, after sputtering along for some time, Acclaim
themselves folded, leaving gamers on edge waiting for finished
titles such as The Red Star.
this isn't about gaming -- this is about some of the best
comics of the nineties, and we can only wish John Taddeo
luck. I'm intrigued thought not necessarily anxious over
his other projects mentioned here, but walk into a comic
shop and mention Rai #0, and chances are somebody will mist
up and start talking a mile a minute about how great that
book was. At least, I know that happens at Brian's Books.
being outbid for the rights to the CrossGen Universe at
auction, longtime comics fan and former Marketing Manager
for Marvel Entertainment, John Taddeo, has had the terms
and conditions of his initial offer accepted by the trustee
of the Acclaim estate to purchase the rights to the characters
of the Valiant Universe. The auction is currently set for
from doing due diligence to attempt this purchase, Taddeo
is also involved in publishing the new superhero adventure
comic Zoom Suit through Assassination Entertainment. Written
by Taddeo, Zoom Suit will feature art by Bob Layton, Bart
Sears, Billy Tucci, Billy Dallas Patton and Gene Colon.
Along with the comic, a 70-minute Zoom Suit animated feature
is being created for release in 2006. A 10-minute animated
preview for the Zoom Suit feature can be found at the
company’s web site.
Entertainment also plans to release the comic series, America:
Superpower, based on an idea originally owned by CrossGen
Entertainment. This new series is to be written by New York
Times best selling author, Steve Alten (Meg, Goliath,
The Lock), and will be illustrated by Alitha Martinez
and Peter Palmiotti. No release dates are set yet for either