As revealed today at Comic Book Resources, Valiant is proud to unveil the first appearance of The Red Legend – the first of four major new characters that will be introduced in DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE #1 (of 4) by New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (4001 A.D., Mind MGMT) and blockbuster artist Trevor Hairsine (X-Men: Deadly Genesis) – on sale December 21st!
Then, following her introduction and first appearance in DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE #1 (of 4), The Red Legend’s origin will be revealed in full with a brand-new tale by Kindt and artist Juan Jose Ryp (Britannia) as a newly added bonus feature in the DIVINITY III: KOMANADAR BLOODSHOT #1 one-shot special by New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (BLOODSHOT REBORN, Death of X) and superstar artist Clayton Crain (Rai, X-Force) – on sale just one week later on December 28th!
But who is the Red Legend? She is a woman of immense power, birthed into the universe by unknown cosmic forces. No one on the planet knows where she came from…only that she was discovered deep in the heart of Russia, floating among the burning logs of an abandoned lumber mill. Raised under the muzzles of Russia’s brutal authoritarian forces, the Red Legend only knew a life of pain and strife as shed labored day in and day out at one of the world’s most unforgiving labor camps. She harbored a burning power inside her throughout these years however, as her true potential became ever more apparent. By the time she became a woman, The Red Legend was recruited by Myshka—the god-like champion of Communism—and embraced her destiny as one of the Stalinverse’ greatest protectors.
“The Stalinverse isn’t an alternate reality – this is the Valiant Universe as we now know it, and, going forward, what happens in DIVINITY III will have an immense impact on the shape of all things Valiant over the coming year. The Red Legend, in particular, will be a central piece of those plans,” said Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. “This is a milestone first appearance in every sense, one that I would compare to the introduction of Valiant’s ’Wonder Woman’ or ‘Thor.’ The insanely brilliant Matt Kindt has done a masterful job crafting the creation of a new hero chiseled from the rich and untapped mythology of traditional folklore.”
For more information on The Red Legend, read writer Matt Kindt’s complete interview at The Hollywood Reporter. And look for the other three members of the Red Brigade to be revealed in the coming weeks and months!
The Red Legend’s rise begins in DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE #1 (of 4) – the FIRST ISSUE of Valiant’s startling, event-level blockbuster from the visionary creative team of New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (4001 A.D.), explosive artist Trevor Hairsine (X-Men: Deadly Genesis), Harvey Award-nominated inker Ryan Winn (X-O Manowar) and master colorist David Baron (Bloodshot Reborn, Planetary)!
At the height of the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union were racing to the stars. But, while America was aiming for the moon, Russia had its eyes on the cosmos. In secret, they launched a three-man mission into the far reaches of space. In the depths, they discovered something Unknown. Something that…changed them. Imbued with god-like powers, the long-lost cosmonauts returned home…only to discover that their old ideology, communism, lost the war to western capitalism in the decades since their journey first began. But now they have the power to change it all…
Earth has a new god. The world you know is gone. Welcome to the Stalinverse, comrade.
On December 21st, witness a disturbing new vision of the world as it now stands! One where the Cold War was won long ago and a global Soviet empire now rules the world… Where the Iron Curtain extends across oceans and continents, subsuming freedom and liberty in its wake… And where the Russian communist super-state rules the world not only with an iron fist, but with ultimate power far beyond the comprehension of mortal men.
Featuring DIVINITY’s Abram Adams alongside the first appearances of darkly reimagined versions of X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, HARBINGER RENEGADE’s Peter Stanchek, Ninjak, Shadowman, and several surprise guests, the definitive Valiant epic of 2016 starts here, only in DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE #1 (of 4) – presented in the deluxe VALIANT PRESTIGE format and featuring covers by Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic (Divinity), Tom Muller (Zero), Jeffrey Veregge (Red Wolf), Greg Smallwood (Moon Knight), and Adam Gorham (The Violent)!
Plus: the Stalinverse’s subversive spread continues with four essential one-shots torn directly from the pages of DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE #1 (of 4), beginning in December! First, find out how Valiant’s blood-stained icon marched to the forefront of the global Soviet war machine on December 28th as New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer) and superstar artist Clayton Crain (4001 A.D.) re-assign the KGB’s deadliest covert operative from Mother Russia to the mountains of Colorado in DIVINITY III: KOMANDAR BLOODSHOT #1 – now including an all-new second feature revealing The Red Legend’s never-before-told origin by Matt Kindt and artist Juan Jose Ryp!
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DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE #1 (of 4)
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TREVOR HAIRSINE
Cover A by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC (OCT161948)
Cover B by TOM MULLER (OCT161949)
Variant Cover by JEFFREY VEREGGE (OCT161952)
Variant Cover by GREG SMALLWOOD (OCT161953)
Variant Cover by ADAM GORHAM (OCT161954)
Blank Cover Also Available (OCT161950)
Valiant Cat Cosplay Variant Also Available (OCT161951)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | VALIANT PRESTIGE | T+ | On sale DECEMBER 21 (FOC – 11/28/16)
DIVINITY III: KOMANDAR BLOODSHOT #1
Written by JEFF LEMIRE with MATT KINDT
Art by CLAYTON CRAIN with JUAN JOSE RYP
Cover A by CLAYTON CRAIN (OCT161955)
Cover B by RYAN BODENHEIM (OCT161956)
Cover C by GREG SMALLWOOD (OCT161957)
Character Design Variant by TREVOR HAIRSINE (OCT161958)
Variant Cover by KANO (OCT161959)
$3.99 US | 40 pgs. | T+ | ONE-SHOT | On sale DECEMBER 28 (FOC – 12/5/16)