At the height of the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union were racing to the stars. But, while America was aiming for the moon, Russia had its eyes on the cosmos. In secret, they launched a three-man mission into the far reaches of space. In the depths, they discovered something Unknown. Something that…changed them. Imbued with god-like powers, the long-lost cosmonauts returned home…only to discover that their old ideology, communism, lost the war to western capitalism in the decades since their journey first began. But now they have the power to change it all…
Earth has a new god. The world you know is gone. Welcome to the Stalinverse, comrade.
“It’s the ultimate “what-if” scenario,” series writer Matt Kindt told Entertainment Weekly. “And I think casting these heroes in the red light of a Soviet-controlled Earth doesn’t change the characters so much as it allows us to really see what makes the characters tick. What’s at their core? What is their purpose?”
Then, the event-level blockbuster of the season continues in DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE #2 (of 4) and DIVINITY III: ARIC, SON OF THE REVOLUTION #1! This January, Russia rules the New Year as the Valiant Universe continues its transformation into a Soviet-ruled super-state…one where the world’s most powerful heroes now serve and protect the Motherland from all threats to the USSR’s global Iron Empire!
On January 18th, X-O Manowar becomes the guardian of the CCCP in ARIC: SON OF THE REVOLUTION #1 – the next essential standalone epic torn straight from the heart of the Stalinverse! Acclaimed writer Joe Harris (Snowfall) and powerhouse artist CAFU (Ninjak) present a star-shattering tale of sins, secrets, and tragedy for the worldwide hero of the communist state: ARIC, SON OF THE REVOLUTION!
From bustling urban centers to the collective farms of the countryside, men, women, and children alike all idolize the same hero of the global Soviet republic: ARIC, SON OF THE REVOLUTION! Returned to Earth from the stars with the ultimate nuclear deterrent – the indestructible X-O Manowar armor – the champion of socialism has singlehandedly consolidated the state’s military and political superiority at home and abroad. But when a surprise attack from the Deadside shines an untoward light on the modern-day Soviet Union’s darkest secret, will Aric pursue his mission…or uphold justice for the quiet dead of an empire’s oppression?
Then, on January 25th, the Valiant Universe as we know it rages on in DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE #2 (of 4)! Bear witness to the Valiant Universe’s sadistic new status quo as New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (4001 A.D.) and superstar artist Trevor Hairsine (X-Men: Deadly Genesis) plunge Valiant’s new world order into a blood-red rebellion!
Welcome to the year 2017…where the Soviet Union has spent decades as the world’s reigning superpower and the Iron Curtain now encircles a planet riddled with war, strife, and oppression. Freedom is a thing of the past in the Stalinverse… So why can’t Russian intelligence officer Colin King shake the feeling that something has gone terribly wrong? He’ll put his freedom and life on the line to uncover the truth… Even if that means finding out whatever happened to the long-missing cosmonaut Abram Adams – the one man who just might hold the key to unraveling the dystopian world of today…
Jump on board now to find out for yourself why fans and critics are hailing DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE #1 as the must-read comics event of 2016!
“✮✮✮✮✮… An absolute must-read… Imaginative, thrilling, and good-looking.” – All-Comic
“✮✮✮✮✮… Without a doubt, this is Valiant‘s best comic of the year.” – Graphic Policy
“✮✮✮✮✮… Absolutely gripping… An excellent book.” – Outright Geekery
“✮✮✮✮½… DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE is off to a great start… Absolutely wonderful.” – ComicsVerse
“✮✮✮✮½… A wild, breath-taking kick off… Damn near perfect.” – The Broken Infinite
“Scary and satisfying… Don’t miss this one.” – Bam! Smack! Pow!
“Valiant has a lot to be proud of… Brave, distinctive superhero fare.” – Paste Magazine
“Divinity and its sequel were brilliant; part three is shaping up to be even better… Kindt and Hairsine do not disappoint.” –Nerdist
This January, the Stalinverse conquers all! Don’t miss another unbelievable moment as Valiant’s blood-red world rages on in DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE #2 (of 4), DIVINITY III: ARIC, SON OF THE REVOLUTION #1, and the DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE #1 SECOND PRINTING!
Plus, a new kind of hero will rise when rising star Scott Bryan Wilson (Batman Annual) and blockbuster artist Robert Gill (Book of Death) summon the Deadside with Shadowman in DIVINITY III: SHADOWMAN & THE BATTLE OF NEW STALINGRAD #1 on February 8th!
Next, prepare to serve time with the Stalinverse’s newest enemies of the state in DIVINITY III: ESCAPE FROM GULAG 396 #1! On March 15th, join rising star Eliot Rahal (The Paybacks, The Doorman) and acclaimed artist Francis Portela (Faith) as they sentence religious zealot Obadiah Archer and the unkillable libertine called Armstrong to a fate worse than death: A lifetime sentence in Gulag 396, the deadliest prison known to man. But in letting these two subversive criminal offenders into its walls, has this oppressive Gulag condemned Archer and Armstrong…or itself?
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DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE #2 (of 4)
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TREVOR HAIRSINE
Cover A by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC (NOV161921)
Cover B by TOM MULLER (NOV161922)
Variant Cover by JEFFREY VEREGGE (NOV161923)
Variant Cover by GREG SMALLWOOD (NOV161924)
Variant Cover by ADAM GORHAM (NOV161925)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | VALIANT PRESTIGE | T+ | On Sale JANUARY 25 (FOC – 1/2/17)
DIVINITY III: ARIC, SON OF THE REVOLUTION #1
Written by JOE HARRIS
Art by CAFU
Cover A by CLAYTON CRAIN (NOV161926)
Cover B by RYAN DIEGO BERNARD (NOV161927)
Cover C by CAFU (NOV161928)
Character Design Variant by TREVOR HAIRSINE (NOV161929)
Variant Cover by KANO (NOV161930)
$3.99 US | 32 pgs. | T+ | ONE-SHOT | On sale JANUARY 18 (FOC – 12/26/16)
DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE #1 SECOND PRINTING
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TREVOR HAIRSINE
Cover by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC (NOV168767)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | VALIANT PRESTIGE | T+ | On sale FEBRUARY 1st (FOC – 1/9/17)
DIVINITY III: SHADOWMAN & THE BATTLE OF NEW STALINGRAD #1
Written by SCOTT BRYAN WILSON
Art by ROBERT GILL
Cover A by CLAYTON CRAIN (DEC162034)
Cover B by MARCO RUDY (DEC162035)
Cover C by DIEGO BERNARD (DEC162036)
Character Design Variant by TREVOR HAIRSINE (DEC162037)
Variant Cover by KANO (DEC162038)
$3.99 | 32 pgs | T+ | ONE-SHOT | On Sale FEBRUARY 8 (FOC – 1/16/17)
DIVINITY III: ESCAPE FROM GULAG 396 #1
Written by ELIOT RAHAL
Art by FRANCIS PORTELA
Cover A by ADAM GORHAM (JAN172130)
Cover B by KHARI EVANS (JAN172131)
Cover C by ANDRÉS GUINALDO (JAN172132)
Character Design Variant by RYAN LEE (JAN172133)
Variant Cover by KANO (JAN172134)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | ONE-SHOT | On Sale MARCH 15 (FOC 2/20/16)