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EXCLUSIVE! Comic Collector Live Announces Exclusive Variant Covers for Valiant Comics’ “4001 AD” Event!

Get excited and spread the news Valiant fans! Our good friends over at will be releasing exclusive action figure variant covers for each issue of this summers Valiant Comics event, “4001 AD”, all drawn by the incredibly talented Chance Butler. We here at 4LN are thrilled about this, and plan on collecting all 4! Check out the official press release from CCL, as well as their exclusive cover for 4001 AD #1, below!



TELEPHONE: 615-264-4747 MARCH 2 2016






For the first time ever, each cover will feature a different VALIANT

UNIVERSE character appearing in VALIANT’s 2016 Summer Event

“4001 AD” imagined as a 3 ¾” action figure.

HENDERSONVILLE TN – is excited to announce the production of the

very first ACTION FIGURE variant covers featuring characters appearing in the pages of 4001

A.D., Valiant Entertainment’s upcoming summer crossover event from superstar creators

Matt Kindt and Clayton Crain.

Available exclusively on, each variant issue of 4001 A.D. will sport

covers reimagining some of Valiant’s most popular characters as carded action figures.

The first Valiant character to receive action figure treatment will be RAI, the futuristic

guardian of New Japan, on CCL’s variant to 4001 A.D. #1 with subsequent character covers to

follow. Each variant will be strictly limited to 500 copies and features artwork by Chance


(*4001 A.D. #1 RAI Action Figure Variant Cover by Chance Butler. * NOT FINAL ART)

“This is like fanboy wish fulfillment for me”, says VP of Steve Boyd.

“VALIANT has been my one of my favorite publishers for years and many fans like myself

have always dreamed about having VALIANT action figures. Chance did an amazing job

bringing these Action Figure variant covers to life and I’m thrilled VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

gave Comic Collector Live the thumbs-up on the project.”

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


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.

Earth must rise. Father must fall. Rai! Eternal Warrior! X-O Manowar! Bloodshot!

Shadowman! Geomancer! And more! The war for the ultimate fate of humanity begins in

4001 A.D. #1 by superstar creators Matt Kindt and Clayton Crain – and continues in May and

beyond as THE SUMMER OF 4001 A.D. rages on…and changes the future of the Valiant

Universe for all time!

Valiant Entertainment is a leading character-based entertainment company that owns the

largest independent superhero universe in comics. With more than 81 million issues sold and

a library of over 2,000 characters, including X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Harbinger,

Shadowman, Archer & Armstrong, and many more, Valiant is one of the most successful

publishers in the history of the comic book medium. Today, the company’s characters

continue to be forged in publishing, licensing, film, video games, and beyond. Valiant

consistently produces some of the most critically acclaimed comics in the industry and has

received numerous industry awards and accolades, including a Diamond Gem Award for

Comic Book Publisher of the Year. In 2015, Valiant announced a multi-picture deal to bring

Bloodshot and Harbinger to the big screen as feature films.

Comic Collector Live is one of the world’s largest online resources and marketplaces for comic

books and collectibles. Founded in 2007 by Joe Butler, the members of have sold over 2 million comics and comic-related items to collectors

all over the world. CCL has worked with many comic publishers in the past to create limited

edition collectible comic book variants for such properties as THE LONE RANGER, THE


4001 A.D. #1 hits comic stores nationwide May 4th, 2016. will begin

pre-selling the #1 exclusive action figure variant in mid-March while supplies last.

For more information on this promotion, please use the provided contact information above.

Fancasting Valiant Comics Movies

By now most all of you have heard the news that Valiant Comics was able to secure funding with their film division, for the purpose of developing their properties to hit the big screen. And I suppose the small screen too? Comic book shows are all the rage on TV right now, for sure. Well, being that my fellow 4LN writer Cameron and I have become big Valiant fans lately, we decided it would be fun to fancast our picks for who should play our favorite characters when the come to life. We reached out to our Valiant super-cool-uncle Steven Boyd (I was gonna say “Valiant godfather”, but that would age him more than would be fair) to see if he’d wanna jump in on the fun. He did! Check out our picks below, and let us know who you’d pick!



Steve B: Thomas Jane as Bloodshot. He’s the friggin Punisher. He already knows how to act, can handle a gun and take a punch. Somebody give this guy some nanites already.

Cam: Anson Mount – If you are unfamiliar with Anson Mount, go watch AMC’s Hell on Wheels. This guy is gruff, capable of portraying a cold-hearted killer, and has the kind of square jaw, anti-hero attitude you would expect from a nanite-powered killing machine.


X-O Manowar

Steve B: Chris Hemsworth as X-O Manowar (Aric of Dacia). If Chris Evans can be the Human Torch AND Captain America, then Chris Hemsworth can be both Thor and Aric of Dacia. Solid actor, good physique and is versatile enough to play a Visigoth out of time.

Cam: Alexander Skarsgård – X-O Manowar is as Dacian from the 6th century who was captured by aliens, steals their most powerful weapon (a suit of high tech armor capable of destroying pretty much whatever he wants to destroy), and returns to modern day Earth after escaping. The character is a tall, blonde haired warrior of the North. I think Skarsgaard fits that bill perfectly.


Eternal Warrior/ Gilad Anni-Padda

Stephen: I’m going with Charlie Hunnam here. I feel like there’s a wealth of depth to that guy’s acting talents and I don’t think we’ve seen the extent to his abilities. Grow out his hair a little bit and dye it brown… I absolutely think he could be the Eternal Warrior.

Steve B: Michael Shannon as Eternal Warrior.


Toyo Harada

Steve B: Ken Watanabe – I thought this guy had the coolest voice in BATMAN BEGINS. I had never seen THE LAST SAMURAI, but when I think of Harada, I think of Ken Watanabe. Very commanding presence and a great actor in general.

Cam: I also pick Ken Watanabe – I literally cannot think of anyone else who could play the ultimate baddy of the Valiant universe. Toyo Harada is one of the most powerful psiots in the world, and hopes to use his power to force the world into peace, even if that means wiping out swaths of people along the on the way. Ken Watanabe is the chosen one for this role.



Steve B: Byung Hun Lee (Storm Shadow from G.I.JOE films) as RAI.

Stephen: I’m actually just gonna echo Steve on this one. I think Lee would make an excellent Rai. He’s definitely got the martial arts talent, and he can certainly pull of the cold, emotionless warrior persona. Plus, ever since I saw him in “I Saw The Devil”, I’ve felt like he deserves a chance to be the lead in an American film. The dude can certainly carry a film.



Cam: Tom Hardy – Ninjak, aka Colin King, is a British millionaire/billionaire(?) that also happens to be a badass ninja assassin/intelligence agent. A majority of the time his face is obscured by a mask that covers the lower half of his face. Who is a British actor that is good enough at selling emotion with facial expressions that he can wear a mask a majority of the time and still be awesome? Tom Hardy. Although Hardy would have to reduce his bulkiness back to Inception levels, but he has proven he can pretty much add mass and lose it at will.

Stephen: So, my choice for Ninjak is someone most of you have probably seen, but never knew… Scott Adkins. He’s been in films like Bourne Ultimautim, The Expendables 2, and Zero Dark Thirty. He has martial arts training in his background and was even in a movie called Ninja II. So… yeah. The dude could be Ninjak easy.


Ivar Anni-Padda, Timewalker

Steve B: Tom Wisdom as Ivar the Timewalker. My first relative unknown casting for the VALIANT Universe would be Wisdom, who played an ill-fated soldier in 300. He has a super-hero like quality about him and could probably do a great job playing a man out of time. Surround him with a great cast and you’ve got a hit.

Cam: Ewan McGregor – Ivar, the Timewalker, is an immortal time-traveler who is highly intelligent and also a bit of a sarcastic ass. Ewan McGregor could be believable as both an intelligent gentleman and a bit of a jerk in a Sherlockian sort of way. Also, if McGregor grew his hair out he would be a spitting image (I don’t actually know the origin of this phrase) of how Ivar is depicted in his new series.


Shadowman/Jack Boniface

Stephen: I’m going with Wentworth Miller (Prison Break, The Flash) for Shadowman. I feel like he’s got the chops to be the lead and he’s done action before, but I feel like one of the things that makes him stand out the most to me, is that he’s also a writer, with some darker-style work in his repertoire (Stoker, the upcoming psychological-horror-thriller The Disappiontments Room). Not only could he play Shadowman, he could write on the film as well…

Steve B: Taylor Kitsch as Jack Boniface. I thought he got Gambit’s Cajun accent down pretty good in X-MEN ORIGINS WOLVERINE, plus he’s a very mysterious looking dude. And he’s been the lead in an action movie (JOHN CARTER). He’s your Shadowman.


Quantum and Woody

Steve B: Owen Wilson for Woody, and Michael Jai White for Quantum.  Michael has a super hero’s physique and I believe could play the straight guy in a comedy duo pretty good after seeing him in BLACK DYNAMITE. Owen Wilson is probably a little old for the role, but his Jethro Tull line from ARMAGEDDON wins him Woody’s role instantly.


Stephen: This was a tough one for me because Quantum & Woody is my favorite Valiant series. After much deliberation, I’ve settled on Beck Bennett (SNL) for Woody and Lance Gross for Quantum. Now I know he doesn’t *quite* have the look, and his sense of humor comes across more dry than sarcastic, but my reasoning for choosing Bennett is simple… Chris Pratt. If Andy Dwyer can become Star-Lord, then Bennett could become Woody.

Lace Gross is someone you probably don’t know, but he was a on a short-lived NBC drama-thriller called Crisis and he’s got the right look for Quantum. He’s not a comedian, and he can be serious, so balancing Bennett’s Woody with Gross’ Quantum would make for an excellent “world’s worst superhero team”.


Archer & Armstrong

Cam: Archer, Logan Lerman – This one took a little longer than the others. Archer is a younger character that is indoctrinated since his birth by an evil organization, but eventually realizes that he has been manipulated and teams up with the immortal hobo, Armstrong, whom he was sent to assassinate. He has the ability to mimic any ability he sees, be it physical or mental, and is in terrific shape. After seeing Lerman in both the Percy Jackson movies (the books were better, but he was good) and Fury, I think he has terrific range to play both the indoctrinated, hyper-religious assassin and the confused, burgeoning superhero.

For Armstrong, John Goodman – Armstrong is an affable, immortal hobo with a penchant for good drink and good poetry. During his long, long life he has rolled with the likes of Michelangelo and Da Vinci, but more recently has teamed up with Archer to form a buddy-cop comedy of a super-duo. I’ll admit, Goodman might be a tad old to play Armstrong, but he has the look, the humor, and the girth. He would be absolutely perfect.


Stephen: I like Dave Franco for Archer. Based on his performance in Unfinished Business, I definitely think he could capture the sheltered, naive aspect of Archer’s personality, and I think if given the chance he could hold his own in some action sequences.

I’m gonna just tag on to Cam’s choice for Armstrong here, and say John Goodman would be great, but to offer my own reasoning, I choose him because of his performance in Kevin Smith’s Red State. I remember seeing that for the first time and thinking, “When did John Goodman (kind of) get in shape and become a badass?”


Got some of your own suggestions for who should star in the Valiant Comics movies? Let us know in the comments!