Valiant Comics was a small comic book press founded by one of the most hated editors in the history of Marvel comics, Jim Shooter. After a successful run in the 90s, it eventually shut down when its parent company, Acclaim, restructured. Not everybody has DC’s Time Warner money or Marvel’s Disney backing.
In 2012, Valiant started relaunching series, and about a year ago, they revealed that they were going to create a movie universe modeled after Marvel’s successful cinematic universe.
Here’s how I would structure a TV series that handled their properties, should they have gone the television route, as opposed to the movie-verse. I’m only doing ten episode seasons, without the serial approach that I’ve done with the DC and Marvel properties because most of what’s available in trade format is their modern stuff, and that goes back almost four years, as opposed to DC & Marvel’s nearly 80 years apiece.
The first two seasons had a few small crossover but no real super events. That changes now, as we get nearly back to back superevents, and more X-O Manowar and Eternal Warrior than you can shake your fists at.
Season 3: Unity
(showrunner: Matt Kindt)
Episode 1: X-O Manowar Homecoming
Episode 2: Unity To Kill A King
Episode 3: X-O Manowar At War With Unity
(written by Matt Kindt and Robert Veniditti, art by Doug Braithwaite, Lee Garbett, Stefano Gaudiano, Moose Baumann, and Clayton Crain)
Man, we haven’t seen Aric since the last interseason special when he was on another planet. Well, now he’s back and…uh-oh, The Eternal Warrior is not pleased with him. Neither is The UN. Or NATO. Or anyone, really. And while Toyo Harada is still a bad guy, X-O Manowar is so much more frightening, so he’s assembled a team of familiar looking heroes. Can Harada, The Eternal Warrior, Ninjak and Livewire take Aric down.
Episode 4: Unity Trapped By Webnet
(written by Matt Kindt, art by Cafu)
Ninjak’s Unity team has a new objective: Dr. Silk. Who is this guy, and how is he in anyway near the threatlevel that X-O Manowar was?
Episode 5: X-O Manowar Prelude To Armor Hunters
Episode 6: X-O Manowar Armor Hunters
Episode 7: Armor Hunters Harbinger
Episode 8: Armor Hunters Bloodshot
Episode 9: Unity Armor Hunters
Episode 10: Armor Hunters
(written by Robert Veniditti, Matt Kindt, Josh Dysart, and Joe Harras, art by David Baron, Diego Bernard, Doug Braithwaite, Clayton Crain, Trevor Hairsine, JG Jones, Lewis Larosa, and Stephen Segovia)
X-O Manowar is clearly too powerful, so a race of Armor Hunters comes to Earth to depower him, and just about every member of The Valiant Universe seems to be affected.
Season 3 is 10 episodes
Interseason Special 1: Unity The United
(written by Matt Kindt and Josh Dysart, art by Lewis Larosa)
Superteam vs. Superteam will determine the shape of The Valiant Universe’s future.