On June 29th, Valiant’s blockbuster event returns to comic shops everywhere for a second sold-out printing!
Valiant is proud to announce that 4001 A.D. #1 (of 4) – the FIRST ISSUE of the year’s most ambitious comics event from New York Times best-selling writer Matt Knidt (DIVINITY II, NINJAK), superstar artist Clayton Crain (RAI, Carnage), and Eisner Award winner David Mack (Daredevil, Fight Club 2) has sold out at the distributor level and will return to stores shelves on June 29th with the 4001 A.D. #1 SECOND PRINTING!
In the tradition of BOOK OF DEATH, ARMOR HUNTERS, and HARBINGER WARS, the biggest comics event of 2016 starts here as the fallen guardian of New Japan – Rai – drafts the 41st century’s most powerful heroes into a star-spanning battle for the ultimate fate of the Valiant Universe! At the dawn of the 41st century, the future of Earth will be decided in the stars as rebellion begins in the 4001 A.D. #1 SECOND PRINTING!
Don’t miss the chance to discover why critics everywhere are hailing 4001 A.D. as a widescreen sci-fi epic that must be seen to be believed:
“✮✮✮✮✮… 4001 A.D. #1 is as smart as it is stunning… Gorgeous depictions and an exciting story make this book a sure winner.” – All-Comic
“You need to pick up 4001 A.D… This is mind-boggling science fiction… [and] new readers will be sucked in to this insane orbit all the same. Give this one a shot, you’ll be thankful you did.” – Nerdist
“✮✮✮✮✮… A stunning sci-fi epic… Valiant Entertainment does a wonderful job of telling profound yet personal stories, and this series is an ideal example. Highly recommended!” – Major Spoilers
“✮✮✮✮½… Gorgeous… The action is fierce, the science fiction fun, and the art spectacular.” – AiPT!
“✮✮✮✮… One of Valiant Entertainment’s biggest stories to date… [4001 A.D.] offers an epic entry point into an universe that is quickly and confidently holding its own…” –Newsarama
“✮✮✮✮… The action here is breathtaking… It’s simply fun, superhero event storytelling.” – IGN
“✮✮✮✮… An explosive debut that builds on an existing premise and then doubles down for an especially strong introduction to Valiant’s latest event.” – Comic Book Resources
“✮✮✮✮… One of the most new-reader friendly beginnings to a big event book.” – Multiversity Comics
One hundred years from today, Father – the benevolent artificial intelligence that governs the island nation of Japan – will gain sentience. To defend its borders, Father will take drastic action by launching Japan into space…where its people can thrive in isolation, away from the overpopulated and resource-deprived planet below. Over the centuries, as New Japan orbits our increasingly unstable world, it will become a model society – one built on peace, prosperity…and Father’s control.
A thousand years from today, Father will create the first Rai, founding a lineage of technologically enhanced heroes engineered to defend New Japan and sworn to protect it from all enemies. For hundreds of years into the future, the Rai will single-handedly enforce New Japan’s justice well…and serve Father without question.
Now, at the dawn of 4001 A.D., the latest Rai is about to inherit the dark truth behind the origin of his kind…and discover the sinister secret at the heart of Father’s existence. For New Japan to live, Earth must die…and as Rai challenges his former master for the first time in more than a millennium, the lone guardian of New Japan will be cast out of his own Father’s kingdom…
Exiled from the only realm he’s ever known, Rai now walks the ravaged world of 4001 A.D. in search of forgotten heroes like himself…on a mission to collect the last surviving legends of a broken planet…and to forge a rebellion with the power to bring the most advanced civilization in history crashing back down to Earth.
On June 29th, join the fight for the future when the opening shot in “THE SUMMER OF 4001 A.D.” returns to comic shops everywhere with the 4001 A.D. #1 (of 4) SECOND PRINTING!
Then, “THE SUMMER OF 4001 A.D.” explodes with the return of Rai’s award-winning ongoing series in RAI #13 – the FIRST ISSUE of an ALL-NEW JUMPING-ON POINT revealing the origin of New Japan and its very first guardian! Discover the essential history behind the dawn of 4001 A.D. here as New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (NINJAK) and acclaimed artist CAFU (UNITY) unearth the answers behind Father’s tyrannical rise to power. How did New Japan come to orbit Earth? Who created Father? And just what is Rai’s true nature…and what happened to his nine earlier predecessors that once patrolled New Japan in his stead? Discover the shocking answers as RAI #13 returns to set the events of 4001 A.D. in motion – and reveals the epic arc of the Valiant Universe’s future history!
Plus: “THE SUMMER OF 4001 A.D.” escalates even further as a staggering cast of superstar talents come aboard to reveal what the 41st century holds for Valiant’s most iconic heroes in a new series of four indispensable one-shots! Featuring X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Shadowman, and the debut of an all-new, top-secret character with a crucial tie to the present and future of the Valiant Universe, “THE SUMMER OF 4001 A.D.” erupts into full force here with four new chapters from Valiant’s most acclaimed creators, ripped directly from the pages of 4001 A.D.:
4001 A.D.: X-O MANOWAR #1
Written by Robert Venditti (BOOK OF DEATH); Art by Clayton Henry (HARBINGER WARS)
On Sale Now
4001 A.D.: BLOODSHOT #1
Written by Jeff Lemire (BLOODSHOT REBORN); Art by Doug Braithwaite (ARMOR HUNTERS)
Coming in June
4001 A.D.: SHADOWMAN #1
Written by Jody Houser (FAITH) & Rafer Roberts (A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG); Art by Robert Gill (BOOK OF DEATH)
Coming in July
4001 A.D.: WAR MOTHER #1
Written by Fred Van Lente (IVAR, TIMEWALKER); Art by Tomás Giorello (Conan)
Coming in August
Each chapter of “THE SUMMER OF THE 4001 A.D.” is designed for maximum accessibility and can be read in concert with the core 4001 A.D. series or stand on its own for a centuries-spanning vision of the future.
4001 A.D. #1 (of 4) SECOND PRINTING
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by CLAYTON CRAIN & DAVID MACK
Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN (APR168329)
$3.99 | 40 pgs. | T+ | On sale JUNE 29TH (FOC – 6/6/16)
4001 A.D. #2 (of 4)
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by CLAYTON CRAIN
Cover A by CLAYTON CRAIN (APR162044)
Cover B by TULA LOTAY (APR162045)
Cover C by RYAN BODENHEIM (APR162046)
Cover D by PHILIP TAN (APR162047)
Character Design Variant by CLAYTON CRAIN (APR162048)
Interlocking Mega-Cover Variant by RYAN LEE (APR162049)
Interlocking Artist Variant by RYAN SOOK (APR162050)
B&W Interlocking Artist Variant by RYAN SOOK (APR162051)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale JUNE 1st (FOC–5/9/16)
4001 A.D.: BLOODSHOT #1
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Cover A by RYAN LEE (APR162056)
Cover B by CAFU (APR162057)
Character Design Variant by RYAN LEE (APR162058)
Interlocking Mega-Cover Variant by RYAN LEE (APR162059)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | ONE-SHOT | On sale JUNE 8th (FOC – 5/16/16)
RAI #14 (“4001 A.D.”)
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by CAFU
Cover A by DAVID MACK (APR162052)
Cover B by ANDRES GUINALDO (APR162053)
Character Design Variant by ANDRES GUINALDO (APR162054)
Interlocking Mega-Cover Variant by RYAN LEE (APR162055)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale JUNE 22 (FOC – 5/30/16)