rapture-1This May, Valiant Entertainment is ramping up to a major standalone event which involves Ninjak and Shadowman that all begins in ‘Rapture’ #1. Written by Matt Kindt (‘X-O Manowar’,’Mind MGMT’) with art by CAFU (‘Rai’) this is shaping up to be a major shakeup as Shadowman “Shadowman returns to the forefront of the Valiant Universe to unite with the most unlikely ally of all.” Fans of the character will be surprised to see him teaming up with the MI-6 agent Ninjak, but that is what is going to need to happen for the upcoming battle.

Things are coming to a head as two ” two otherworldly armies prepare to battle one last time” as they try to take control of a tower and whoever wins will have the entire fate of humanity hanging in the balance. A 12-year old girl has prophesized that this war needs to be stopped and brings together Ninjak, Shadowman, and Punk Mambo to prevent this elder god from ending the Earth.

Kindt tells us his influences for the series, and this makes it sound like we are in for one epic large scale event:

“I grew up loving ‘Conan’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’, but I haven’t really gotten a chance to develop my take on that kind of genre. I tend to gravitate to more grounded stories (relatively) with spies and gadgets and mystery. So it’s interesting to take that grounded sensibility and apply it to some crazy fantastical ideas – exploring heaven and hell, and gods and demons – but doing it in a way that humanizes all of the characters.”

According to Editor-in-Chief Warren Simons:

“RAPTURE is our biggest and most harrowing exploration of the Shadowman mythology to date. The return of Jack Boniface is the just first step in a series of major developments that will be coming for Shadowman over the next year, and RAPTURE will officially begin his long-awaited return to the forefront of the Valiant Universe.”

Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani added:

“This series is ‘Lord of the Rings’ for the Valiant Universe, and Matt Kindt and CAFU have crafted a sprawling, Tolkien-esque journey that will see Ninjak, Shadowman, the Geomancer, and Punk Mambo fighting alongside a barbarian horde in one of their grandest battles yet. In the mold of previous standalone events like THE VALIANT, this series is a self-contained entry point that will open an entirely new, unexplored corner of our universe and propel the twin destinies of two of Valiant’s biggest characters forward for some time.”

‘Rapture’ #1 is set to be released on May 24th, 2017!

Source: Valiant Entertainment

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