Valiant Comics restarted in 2012, but the end has already been written. Their series, “The Book of Death,” debuted in July, with the first issue an instant sell-out. Valiant Comics Editor-In-Chief Warren Simons sat down with Examiner to discuss the past, present, and eventual end of the Valiant universe.
Reid Kerr: Thanks so much for the time, Warren. Where did the idea for the Book of Death come from?
Warren Simons: Book of Death grew out of the organic developments occurring in the larger Valiant Universe, which is similar to how many of our other events developed. In this case, the arrival of a new Geomancer from the future – as we saw in The Valiant – as well as the Eternal Warrior’s role in the broader universe were key elements that Robert Venditti pulled from.
Reid: The first thing I thought of when I read the description for “Book of Death” was Rai #0 from the original Valiant Universe. It was very ambitious, but obviously we didn’t get to see it reach that point. Was that part of the inspiration for this book?
Warren: There were some extraordinary storylines from the initial incarnation of Valiant – a wonderful foundation that we’re lucky to have and build on. Book of Death is taking the greatest characters in the Valiant Universe and giving them a glimpse into what will happen in the future, some at the end of their time. We wanted to give our creators a concept that they could all put their definitive spin on, and they’ve done an amazing job.
Reid: Is what we’re going to see definitely what will happen someday? No comic-book style tricks or rewrites? Is there any concern about Valiant writing themselves into a corner, so to speak?
Warren: I think that we’ve provided a ton of fertile ground for our writers to explore with future stories actually. I’m very excited for everyone to see how this story wraps.
Reid: Some of the concepts in Valiant’s universe are very long-range (Ivar, Eternal Warrior, Geomancers, etc). Does that make planning ahead and framing everything easier?
Warren: The last and future stories of the Valiant Universe are definitely one of our strengths. That said, nothing is ever easy, that’s rule number one of being an editor. But it certainly helps when you have exceptional creators who are dedicated to making the stories as rich as possible.
Reid: What’s next for Valiant?
Warren: As we announced recently, in the aftermath of Book of Death, the Eternal Warrior will become the lead character in a new ongoing series in Wrath of the Eternal Warrior by Robert Venditti and Raúl Allén. This is going to place Gilad in an entirely new setting that no Valiant reader has every seen before, and build on many of the concepts we are seeding right now in Book of Death.
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