FCBD 2016 Valiant 4001 AD Special,
(W) Matt Kindt & Various
BONUS REVIEW by Shawn Spurlock
(A) Clayton Crain & Various
(CA) Clayton Crain
The most ambitious Valiant event yet starts right here on Free Comic Book Day with a shocking new vision of the future in 4001 A.D.! The war for the fate of the 41st century begins here with an exclusive, never-before-seen prelude to the blockbuster comics event of the summer by New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt and superstar artist Clayton Crain. Rai! Eternal Warrior! X-O Manowar! Bloodshot! Geomancer! Armstrong! And more! The future of the Valiant Universe begins here! Plus: An all-new look inside Valiant's next hit ongoing series, A&A, from Rafer Roberts and David Lafuente; Divinity II from Matt Kindt and Trevor Hairsine; and brand-new interviews, special features and surprises that no comic fan can afford to miss!
Date Available: 04/13/2016
This is one of the "sampler" issues being put out this year, and it features a snippets of 5 different stories. Valiant 3.0 (or whatever version they're on now) puts out a generally solid line of books. There's nothing here that's going to change your life, but if you were a fan of the company's output previously, you will no doubt find something to like. The standouts in this issue were Divinity 2 and the always reliably entertaining Bloodshot. I find it difficult to get into A&A because of the complete lack of Barry Windsor Smith, but as always, your mileage may vary.
Recommended if you've been thinking about dipping your toe into the Valiantverse, or if we're out of Civil War #0.
Shawn Spurlock, manager
I give it 6 out of 10 Grahams