The Valiant Universe is a thrilling alternative to the DC-Marvel duopoly. While these two titans of the comic book world are busy copyrighting the word superhero and milking endless reboots in the cinemas, Valiant have quietly got on with the task of entertaining fans with well-fleshed out characters.

This autumn, the greatest heroes of the Valiant Universe are taking Europe by storm in a partnership with Panini, Europe’s leading publisher of comics and graphic novels. A new line of foreign language digital comics will be available via ComiXology Europe and Amazon.it amongst others that will see Valiant’s smash hit monthly series like X-O Manowar and Archer & Armstrong into French and Italian for the very first time.

XOmanowar001X-O Manowar is one of those cult books that has floated around the periphery for years but never quite managed to crack the big time, that is until now. Launched back in the early 90s this tale of Alric the Visigoth and his intergalactic space armour was created by Marvel legend Jim Shooter, Bob Layton and Jon Hartz and featured early work from the like Joe Quesada (on X-O #0). An instant cult favourite it would spawn crossovers with the fledgling Image universe and even fellow metal helmet wearer, Marvel‘s Iron Man, thanks to an appearance in a video game as a result of Valiant’s sale to Acclaim Entertainment. Despite fervent fan support it was very much a product of it’s time and so faded into the mists along with a raft of other 90s superheros, that is until 2012 when X-O, along with the entire cast of other Valiant classics, such as Archer & Armstrong and Bloodshot, were resurrected under the new Valiant Entertainment banner with a new rebooted origin. Under the guidance of Robert Venditti (creator of The Surrogates for Top Shelf) and artist Cary Nord, the world of Alric the Visigoth has been recreated and revitalised for a new 21st century audience and with it they have created one of the best pure superhero books on the newsstand.