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Valiant’s Next Big Event Plays A “Dead Hand”

Posted on December 15, 2014 at 11:43 am by Tyler Waterman

Valiant does a lot of things right, and comic events are definitely one of them. As I talked about in my “Top 5 Reasons You Should Be Valiant,” the publisher absolutely understands how to capture lightning in a bottle when it comes to these major upheavals. It isn’t about creating a “big event” that’s just leading to the next “big event” which will promptly make the last one instantly unimportant. When Valiant tells you big changes are coming, they mean it. Just ask Harada after Harbinger Wars, or the people who used to live in Mexico City after Armor Hunters; events in the Valiant universe matter, and when they say nothing will be the same when it’s over, they mean it.

With all that in mind, it’s no wonder that the announcement of the next big Valiant event has fans extremely excited. Dead Hand is starting this March in X-O Manowar #34, and judging from the first look released by Valiant today, it’s going to be another hit. An army of killer robots a billion strong has awoken, and their march across the universe spells doom for anything in their path. As if killer robots weren’t enough, this event promises a look into the mysteries surrounding the Manowar armor (something every fan has been dying to discover), as well as a return to the cosmic side of Valiant we haven’t seen much of since the fall of the Vine.

Robert Venditti is at the helm as always; Venditti has been the man behind the Manowar since the first issue, and his work on this book is so downright perfect that one can only hope he never, ever leaves. Taking up art duties is Diego Bernard. You may not know the name now, but you’d best commit it to memory; I’ve been loving his work in DC’s Red Lanterns, and he’s absolutely going to be a force to be reckoned with for a long time to come.

I’m just scratching the surface here; there’s a ton to be excited about when it comes to Dead Hand, and information about the event has only just begun to come out. Check out the official announcement below, as well as some outstanding preview pages, including a look at the crisp and downright menacing robot designs from Jorge Molina. Dead Hand officially kick off March 4th, 2015.

DEAD HAND – The X-O MANOWAR Epic of 2015 Begins in March!

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DEAD HAND is coming…and, in 2015, X-O MANOWAR is all that stands between Earth and the ultimate doomsday fail-safe!

Valiant is proud to present DEAD HAND – a devastating cosmic showdown beginning this March in X-O MANOWAR #34 from New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (ARMOR HUNTERS, The Flash) and superstar-in-the-making Diego Bernard (Red Lanterns)!

Born into battle, Aric of Dacia, the fifth century Visigoth now called X-O Manowar, has never known peace. Abducted and enslaved by the savage alien empire known as The Vine, Aric finally escaped his captors after stealing their ultra-powerful X-O Manowar armor and returned to Earth…only to find that more than a thousand years had passed in his absence. Stranded in the modern day, the most primitive man on Earth now wields the most powerful weapon in existence as X-O Manowar – one of the Earth’s most formidable new heroes and a member of the international superteam codenamed Unity. Together, X-O Manowar and Unity have wrenched the world back from the chaos wrought by the invasion of the unearthly Armor Hunters…but, in 2015, the fate of all life – human and alien alike – will be thrown into dire peril…

In the far reaches of deep space, the ultimate fail-safe of an extinct alien race has finally counted down to zero…and the robot army called DEAD HAND has been activated. The civilization that built them has fallen…and, now, to combat the doomsday threat that destroyed their world, DEAD HAND will complete the mission that their creators could not. Soulless and brutal, this billion-strong legion is the phantom army of a dead world…and it will cleanse the universe by any means necessary. But what unthinkable menace were they created to destroy? And will DEAD HAND’s slow march across the galaxy spell death for countless worlds?

Soon, Aric of Dacia will be forced to confront the secrets that have pushed him to the terrible turning point that is DEAD HAND…and battle a single-minded killing machine unlike any he has seen before! Outmatched and vastly outnumbered, how can Aric stop something unstoppable…something that knows no fear, only eradication?

“DEAD HAND is going to take the mythology surrounding the X-O Manowar armor, and the entire Valiant Universe, in a direction not seen before,” said writer Robert Venditti. “As formidable as the adversaries in the series have been to date, none of them measure up to this single-minded, doomsday threat. X-O Manowar has made a habit of taking what readers expect and turning it on its head. We’ve challenged ourselves to do that again.”

“Last summer, X-O Manowar went up against the Armor Hunters for a full-metal throwdown between Earth and alien life. Well, we won the battle, but that doesn’t mean we’ve won the war,” said Valiant Editor-in-Chief Warren Simons. “Somewhere out there, something colder, grimmer, and more calculating is about to come online. And it won’t concede that war, even in death. An extinct world has saved a nasty treat for the Valiant U – something insanely effective that could only exist in the wake of their failure – a dead hand. Venditti’s cooked up a good one, folks.”

This March, in the blistering fallout of ENTER: ARMORINES, the battle-hardened hero at the center of the Valiant Universe will take to the stars…and face the terrible onslaught of a coming robot war unlike anything in the history of human civilization!

Featuring specially manufactured DEAD HAND OVERLAY WRAP COVERS by Valiant superstar Lewis Larosa (BLOODSHOT) on each issue, alongside wraparound alternate covers by rising star Jorge Molina (X-Men), the four-part DEAD HAND action epic is the can’t-miss X-O MANOWAR mega-event of 2015 – and it all begins this March, only in X-O MANOWAR #34!

For more information, visit Valiant on Facebook, on Twitter, on Tumblr, and at ValiantUniverse.com.
For Valiant merchandise and more, visit ValiantStore.com.X-O MANOWAR #34 (NEW ARC! “DEAD HAND” – PART 1)
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by DIEGO BERNARD
Cover A (Overlay Wrap) by LEWIS LAROSA
Cover B (Wraparound) by JORGE MOLINA
Variant Cover by DAS PASTORAS
Dead Hand Design Variant by JORGE MOLINA
Artist Variant by BUTCH GUICE
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale MARCH 4 (FOC – 2/9/15)

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X-O MANOWAR #34 – Cover A (Dead Hand Overlay Wrap) by Lewis LaRosa

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X-O MANOWAR #34 – Cover B (Wraparound) by Jorge Molina

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X-O MANOWAR #34 – Dead Hand Character Design Variant by Jorge Molina

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