[ENGLISH] Deluxe Edition to Feature All-New Story Written by Jim Shooter – Following the successes of its first two deluxe hardcover edition releases, Harbinger: The Beginning and X-O Manowar: Birth, Valiant Entertainment will release its third hardcover edition, Archer & Armstrong: First Impressions, on September 24. The Archer & Armstrong: First Impressions hardcover edition willÂ contain issuesÂ #0-6, digitallyÂ recolored and wrapped in a brand new dust jacket cover by legendary artist, Michael Golden. Like their previous two hardcover releases, Archer & Armstrong: First Impressions will contain an all-new story written exclusively for this edition. â€œThe Formation of the Sectâ€, by original series creator Jim Shooter and artists Sal Velluto and Bob Almond, tells the long-awaited story of how and why Armstrong has been pursued by this secret organization all these years.
â€œOur first two hardcovers have been big hits with Valiant fans both new and old,â€ said Walter J. Black, Senior VP & Publisher of Valiant Entertainment. â€œWe expect this new one will be received just as well. Weâ€™ve put together a solid package highlighted by the all-new Jim Shooter short story. If youâ€™re new to the series, this is a great way to get involved. If youâ€™ve read it before, this new story alone will make picking it up worthwhile.â€
Considered â€œthe superhero buddy book of the decadeâ€ by Wizard Magazine, Archer & Armstrong tells the story of comicsâ€™ most unlikely traveling companions. When Archerâ€™s preacher parents betray and try to murder him, he goes in search of enlightenment returning as the worldâ€™s greatest hand-to-hand fighter seeking revenge. Instead of revenge he finds Armstrong, the centuries old immortal wanderer who spends his time drinking, fighting and spinning tales of his hedonistic adventures throughout history. Together they span the globe facing down a threat that could destroy the world.
Archer & Armstrong: First Impressions will be available to order through Diamond Comic Distributors in their July 2008 issue of Previews which reaches comic stores on June 25.
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Valiant Entertainment is a character-based entertainment company that owns and manages some of the most popular comic characters ever created across all media, including feature films, television, video games, new media, publishing, and consumer products. Since their creation in 1990, Valiant characters have sold over 80 million comic books, 8 million video games, and Valiant became one of the three leading comic character-based companies globally. In addition, the « Valiant characters are often called the most important characters created since the Marvel revolution of the 1960s » (Sequart). VALIANTâ„¢ characters include X-O MANOWARÂ®, BLOODSHOTÂ®, HARBINGERâ„¢, ETERNAL WARRIORâ„¢, DOCTOR MIRAGEâ„¢, NINJAKâ„¢, SHADOWMANÂ®, RAIâ„¢, and QUANTUM & WOODYâ„¢, among many others. Visit www.ValiantEntertainment.com for more information.