Long time fans of Valiant are going to be very interested in Eric Heisserer (‘Arrival’) when he brings us ‘Secret Weapons’ later this year. Heisserer is set to team up with both Raul Allen and Patricia Martin to bring out the comic which shares the name with the 1993 Valiant series. There is no word as to if this 4-issue miniseries will tie into the previous one or just share its name.
The comic will feature the return of 90s villain Rexo (or rather Rex-O as he’ll appear in the book) and the book will “follow Livewire as she encounters psiots that Harada had cast aside in an isolated facility due to their seemingly useless powers: a boy who causes things to faintly glow, a girl who can communicate with birds, and so on.” Livewire takes these characters to form a team to defeat Rex-O.
We do know that Heisserer was inspired to bring this story to life when working on the screenplays for the cinematic adaptations of both ‘Harbinger’ and ‘Bloodshot.’
Here is what he had to say about it:
“I kept thinking about her. I started to have dreams about interesting scenes and interesting explorations of her powers long after my official writing steps were done on the script. I approached Dinesh and [Valiant editor-in-chief] Warren Simons and said, “Guys, I’ve got a lot of stories here for her. I see her path pretty well. I’d love to take a swing at this, writing a book that has her as the anchor.
As a storyteller, you carry around a handful of things, like, Hey, let’s find a home for this idea at some point. It’s been based on the fact that I always get really emotionally affected at the Island of Misfit Toys in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. I started building this home for these wayward psiots that obviously didn’t make the cut. It seemed appropriate for where Valiant is right now.”
Valiant isn’t keeping a lid on the project either as they’ve released a full synopsis of the series which you can find here:
The government has dispatched Amanda McKee – the technopath codenamed Livewire – to investigate the ruins of a secret facility formerly run by Toyo Harada, the most powerful telepath on Earth and her former mentor. In his quest for world betterment at any cost, Harada sought out and activated many potential psiots like himself. Those who survived, but whose powers he deemed to have no value to his cause, were hidden away at this installation. But Livewire, having studied Harada’s greatest strengths and learned his deepest weaknesses, senses opportunity where he once saw failure. A young girl who can talk to birds… A boy who can make inanimate objects gently glow… To others, these are expensive failures. But, to Livewire, they are secret weapons…in need of a leader. Now, as a mechanized killer called Rexo seeks to draw them out, Livewire and her new team of cadets will be forced to put their powers into action…in ways they never could have imagined…
When revealing the following artwork, the comic book company also revealed that the first issue will follow in June. For now. though, let’s take a look at these designs:
At the very least, it looks solid and with the creative team behind this, it will likely be a story that fans will enjoy as well.
Are you looking forward to ‘Secret Weapons’ and the return of Rex-O?
Source: Bleeding Cool
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