Valiant Announces Dead-Drop #1 for May

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Valiant dropped us a line today to tell us about a pretty awesome upcoming mini-series:

Four issues. Four stories. One ticking clock. The countdown to DEAD DROP begins this May!
Valiant is proud to announce DEAD DROP #1 (of 4) – the FIRST ISSUE of an all-new four-issue limited series from red-hot writer Ales Kot (Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier, Secret Avengers) and rising star Adam Gorham (Zero)! Beginning this May, an unlikely cast of superhuman operators – X-O Manowar, Archer, MI-6 spymaster Neville Alcott, outdated android Beta-Max, and Quantum and Woody's inside woman on the DCPD, Detective Alejandra Cejudo – fall in deep for an undercover conspiracy action thriller in the darkest corners of the Valiant Universe…

There is a secret black market in New York. It is hidden in plain sight – in our streets, trains, restaurants. Those who know how to navigate it exchange secrets of extraordinary nature. But when the secret in circulation is a biological weapon derived from Vine technology, the gloves are off – and the most extraordinary agents are released to stop the disaster before it occurs. 

Otherwise, in less than thirty minutes, there will be no world to come back to. 

X-O Manowar, Archer, Neville Alcott, Detective Cejudo and Beta-Max are ready to save the world.   

"DEAD DROP is a series of self-contained issues, each with a slightly different theme and atmosphere, but they all connect," writer Ales Kot told Comic Book Resources. "The first one is very much a human tank x parkour runner chase through Manhattan, the second one is...well, a chase as well, but without pants (it's Archer, after all) and with a 'man chases a car through Brooklyn' vibe, the third one is spy game weirdness, and the fourth one is a whodunit."

"With DEAD DROPAles Kot and Adam Gorham have drilled deep into the insane brain of the Valiant Universe, creating a helluva story featuring four characters that don't normally hang out together, including the Visigoth warrior X-O Manowar and the outdated cyborg known as Beta-Max," added Editor-in-Chief Warren Simons.  "Each story's unique tone is based on the issue's key character, which makes the series a combination of action, subversiveness, humor, and mystery. Across these four issues, you'll see four characters with four very different viewpoints deal with an unprecedented threat in a manner that only Ales could cook up."

X-O Manowar 

Heir to the throne of the Visigoth people, the fifth-century warrior named Aric of Dacia was abducted and enslaved by an alien race called The Vine before escaping with the aid of their most powerful weapon – the X-O Manowar armor. Returning to Earth, Aric found himself stranded in the modern day where he now defends the planet from threats both internal and extraterrestrial as the alien-armored hero called X-O Manowar.


Adopted and raised by an evil organization called The Sect, Obadiah Archer's uncanny ability to mimic any skill made him an invaluable asset to his parents' mission: kill the drunken immortal called Armstrong. Archer eventually turned on his parents and formed an unlikely partnership with his former quarry as they travelled globe to root out and destroy The Sect's conspiratorial plots.

Neville Alcott

Little is known about the MI-6 liaison who pulls the strings of the most powerful beings on Earth – Neville Alcott. But as the designated handler of superteam UNITY, his reach and influence are seemingly limitless.


Beta-Max is a genius who pioneered cyborg technology using himself as a test subject. Unfortunately, his transformation was completed in the 1980s…and any modern day upgrades would be lethal. He can send a mean fax though!

Detective Cejudo

A genetic copy of the Crone, leader of an evil secret science society, Detective Alejandra Cejudo broke free from her creator thanks to the bumbling efforts of Quantum and Woody. She now serves as their top liaison inside the Washington D.C. metro police department.

Commentary: I will admit, my first instinct to this press release was "another crossover team?"  We already have Unity and The Valiant which feature teams of characters made up of the many facets of the Valiant Universe.  And not that long ago we had the Delinquints which featured Archer and Armstrong teaming with Quantum and Woody. 

But my second thought was "the rosters here looks real fun, I will definitely check this book out."  I have always been a fan of shared universes, and Valiant has done a great building their universe up.  I like that you can have a book where support characters from Ninjak and Quantum and Woody can team up with Archer and X-O Manowar, and it makes perfect sense in the context of the characters and the universe.  

I don't know the creative team all that well, but Valiant has been able to get the right guys for the right projects over the last few years, so I think Kot and Gorham will do a great job with Dead Drop.  

I also really like the idea that each issue of this mini-series is going to tell a story set in a slightly different genre.  Too often readers take the idea of "superheroes" for granted, but I have always thought there are a lot of different stories you can tell in that setting, outside of the typical superhero fighting supervillain dynamic.  That is why I am such a big fan of comics like Powers and Astro City.  

I will definitely be buying this one when it comes out in May!