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8 Valiant Comics and Bands You Need To Check Out Before Warped Tour 2017

About a month and a half ago, Valiant Entertainment and Warped Tour announced that they’ve partnered up on Warped Tour’s 2017 promotional artwork and marketing. Essentially, that means Valiant characters are promoting Warped Tour. And that’s f**king cool.

Valiant has put out some absolutely incredible series, and I honestly believe that no publisher has more respect and appreciation for their readers than they do.

If you are not familiar with Valiant, but you’re interested in checking them out, we’ve thrown together a list of some current ongoing books that you should pick up before Warped Tour kicks off this summer. Most, if not all, of these series are already available in trade collections so you can head down to your local comic shop and pick up a couple for pretty cheap. If you don’t have a comic shop nearby then click the Comixology link under each series below to get them digitally.

Along with the reading recommendations, you’ll also find some listening suggestions featuring bands who are playing on this years Warped Tour.


X-O Manowar

X-O Manowar (2017) #1

Summary from Comixology: “Born under the oppressive thumb of the Roman Empire, Aric of Dacia learned warfare at an early age. It was amid such violence that he was abducted by an alien race. Forced into slavery, he survived where others perished. His escape would come from bonding with a weapon of immeasurable power: the X-O Manowar armor. With it, he returned to Earth…only to find himself stranded in the modern day. But that was a lifetime ago.

“Now, far from home on a strange and primitive new world, Aric has begun a new life. Liberated from his past, he tends to his crops. Free from war. Free from violence. Free from the armor.

“But the machinery of death marches his way once again. Conscripted into an alien army and thrown into an unforgiving conflict, the fury inside him finds voice as he is forced to embrace the armor once more. With it, he will decimate armies, topple empires and incite interplanetary warfare as he rises from SOLDIER to GENERAL to EMPEROR to VISIGOTH. They wanted a weapon. He will give them war!”

Listen to this while you read it!


PLAYING Warped 6.16 – 8.6



Faith #1: Digital Exclusives Edition

Summary from Comixology: “Orphaned at a young age, Faith Herbert – a psionically gifted “psiot” discovered by the Harbinger Foundation – has always aspired to greatness. But now this once ordinary teenager is taking control of her destiny and becoming the hard-hitting hero she’s always known she can be – complete with a mild-mannered secret identity, unsuspecting colleagues, and a day job as a reporter that routinely throws into her harms way!

“Well, at least she thought it would… When she’s not typing up listicals about cat videos, Faith makes a secret transformation to patrol the night as the City of Angels’ own leading superhero – the sky-soaring Zephyr!

“But flying solo is going to be tougher than Zephyr ever thought when she uncovers a deep-rooted alien conspiracy. Two-bit burglars and car thieves are one thing, but when the world needs a hero to stave off a full-blown extraterrestrial invasion, will Faith find herself in over her head…or ready for her biggest challenge yet?”

Listen to this while you read it!


PLAYING Warped 7.26 – 8.6


Generation Zero

Generation Zero Vol. 1

Summary from Comixology: Listen to this while you read it! “If you have a problem… If your parents won’t help… And if your cause is worthy… Log onto network #ZERO…because Generation Zero is listening.

“Years ago, the children of the experimental strike team known as Generation Zero were taken from their families by Project Rising Spirit, a private weapons contractor, and raised to be psychic soldiers. After years of taking orders, they have fought for and won their freedom.

“Now, the world’s most wanted teenagers have pledged to protect each other tooth and claw, while using their extraordinary abilities to right wrongs for a generation without a future… To fight for kids, just like them.”

Listen to this while you read it!

New Years Day

PLAYING Warped 6.16 – 8.6



Savage #1

Summary from Comixology: Fifteen years ago, the world’s most famous soccer star and his former supermodel wife –pregnant with their unborn child – disappeared without a trace. The world believes they are dead… But, in reality, their private jet crash-landed on a mysterious, unknown island ruled by by prehistoric creatures from another time… This is the story of how they lost their humanity.”

Listen to this while you read it!

Knocked Loose

PLAYING Warped 6.16 – 8.6




Summary from Comixology: “On the fringes of civilization, the world’s first detective is about to make an unholy discovery? Ruled by the Fates. Manipulated by the Gods. Commanded by Caesar. In the year 65 A.D., one’s destiny was not his own. At the height of Nero’s reign, a veteran of Rome’s imperial war machine has been dispatched to the farthest reaches of the colonies to investigate unnatural happenings? In the remote outpost of Britannia, Antonius Axia – the First Detective – will become Rome’s only hope to reassert control over the empire’s most barbaric frontier and keep the monsters that bridge the line between myth and mystery at bay. From comics mastermind Peter Milligan (X-Statix, Shade the Changing Man) and incendiary artist Juan Jose Ryp (NINJAK, Clone) comes a psychological journey into terror, temptation, and bloodshed in Valiant’s latest magnum opus.”

Listen to this while you read it!

Fire From The Gods

PLAYING Warped 6.16 – 8.6


Bloodshot: Reborn

Bloodshot Reborn #1: Digital Exclusives Edition

Summary from Comixology: “Bloodshot’s nanites made him a nearly unstoppable killing machine. His enhanced strength, speed, endurance, and healing made him the perfect weapon, and he served his masters at Project Rising Spirit – a private contractor trafficking in violence – very well.

“Now, Bloodshot is a shadow of his former self. He lives in self imposed exile, reeling from the consequences of his past life and the recent events that nearly drove him mad. But when a rash of shootings by gunmen who appear to look just like Bloodshot begin, his guilt will send him on a mission to stop the killers, even if it means diving headlong into the violence that nearly destroyed him.”

Listen to this while you read it!

Bad Omens

PLAYING Warped 7.4 – 7.24



Ninjak (2015- ) #1: Digital Exclusives Edition

Summary from Comixology: “For the first time, Ninjak’s past and future collide in the pages of an all-new ongoing series from New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (Rai, Mind MGMT) and superstar artists Clay Mann (X-Men: Legacy, Gambit) and Butch Guice (Captain America, Action Comics)!

“Then: Meet inexperienced MI-6 recruit Colin King on his first mission in the field as he learns the basics of spycraft and counterintelligence, and develops a volatile relationship with his first handler.

“Now: Colin King is Ninjak, the world’s foremost intelligence operative, weapons expert, and master assassin. And he’s hunting the Shadow Seven – a secret cabal of shinobi masters with mysterious ties to his training and tragic past.”

Listen to this while you read it!

I Prevail

PLAYING Warped 6.16 – 8.6


A&A: The Adventures of Archer & Armstrong

A&A: The Adventures of Archer & Armstrong #1: Digital Exclusives Edition

Summary from Comixology: “GET SMASHED…OR BE SMASHED! Meet Armstrong: Since the ancient city of Ur, this immortal adventurer has spent the last 7,000 years drinking and carousing his way through history alongside some of the greatest merrymakers the world has ever known.

“Meet Archer: A sheltered teenage martial arts master and expert marksman that was raised for a single purpose – to kill the devil incarnate. Little did he know that this undying evil was actually Armstrong (he’s actually a pretty good guy…once you get to know him) and, since hitting the road together, the two have become great friends and even better partners.

“Now: Archer is about to set off on his most dangerous mission yet – a quest into the mystic reaches of Armstrong’s bottomless satchel to liberate his friend and comrade from the clutches of the mad god Bacchus! (Okay, so, Armstrong went into the satchel himself to get a bottle of whiskey that he kinda misplaced and got stuck. It’s like the Amazon warehouse of arcane treasures in there…and he doesn’t exactly have a maid service.)

“Imprisoned in Armstrong’s satchel for centuries, Bacchus now commands a legion of monsters, goblins and golems bent on escaping back into the world of man and enacting revenge on their captor… Can Archer single-handedly combat the godly embodiment of intoxication himself – and rescue his best buddy – without becoming lost amongst Armstrong’s endless repository of bizarre artifacts and historical oddities in the process?”

Listen to this while you read it!

Valient Thorr

PLAYING Warped 6.16 – 8.6

4LN Does Warped Tour! (Band Interviews)

We had the chance to catch up with State Champs, Knuckle Puck, Real Friends, and From Ashes to New when Warped Tour stopped off in Nashville! We talk Magic the Gathering, Pokemon, baseball, RPGs, music, comics, life on tour and much more! Check out the interviews below!

Old Punks: 10 Bands You Should Go See At Warped Tour 2016 If You’re 30

The older you get, the less enticing an all day music festival can sound. Especially one that is historically marketed to teenagers. I mean, it’s hot, your feet and back start hurting, the food is expensive and terrible. Plus, there’s all the aforementioned teenagers, with their weird hair and boxed water and Snapchat. I just instinctively want to yell, “Get off my lawn!” And that’s because I’m old. Well, I’m not really “old”. I’m 31, but in music-scene-years that’s ANCIENT. Don’t get me wrong, I know we still have our place. Just this year I’ve seen Lamb of God, Slayer, and Killswitch Engage. When it comes to something as inherently “young” as Warped Tour, however, us old scene folks can feel uncomfortably out of place.

Until… You take a look at the line-up this year.

Allow me to present to you, two handfuls of bands that you definitely jammed when you were in your awkward teen years, and who are 100% worth the price of admission, plus putting up with shitty food and millennials. (Are 30-somethings Millennials? I always just call us the “Donnie Darko Generation”.)


Their first album Suicide Notes & Butterfly Kissess was released in ’02 and, their second (best? best.) album The Curse came out in ’04. They were the quintessential “teen angst” band for the scene. Don’t act like you wouldn’t give 6 bucks and your left nut to here them play “Lip Gloss and Black”, “Bleeding Mascara”, or “Right Side of the Bed” live again.


Bullet For My Valentine
BFMV is the one band I considered not putting on this list initially because they just *barely*, and arguably, make the cut. I heard them for the first time when I was about 19 so I technically would’ve still been a teenager and for that reason I’m letting it slide. Also, I just would love to hear “4 Words (To Choke Upon)” live.


Every Time I Die
Of all the bands on this list, these dudes have probably been the most consistent. Their first album, Last Night In Town, came out in 2001 and then their “breakout” album, Hot Damn!, came out in 2003. THAT, my friends, is THE album. Of all albums. It’s easily my favorite album from any of the bands here. I saw them back in December of last year and I guarantee you their live performance hasn’t suffered one bit throughout the years.


Good Charlotte
WALDORF WORLDWIDE! Good Charlotte was jam when I was 15 man. I couldn’t listen to Blink-182 in the car with my parents, so when GC’s first, self-titled, album came out in 2000 I played it non-stop. They’re only playing about a week and half of dates on Warped Tour this year but if they’re on one near you then you should definitely go.


Less Than Jake
I clearly identified more with the punk/freak crowd when I was in high school, but I dated a lot of preppy girls. I wasn’t like a bad boy punk or anything (I’ve always been about as threatening as a cotton ball) so it couldn’t have been cause they were trying to piss off their parents or anything. Well this one prep girl I dated turned out to be super into H2O and Less Than Jake. That blew my already not-entirely developed mind. They have a wealth of songs to pull from, but I genuinely hope they play mostly stuff from their 2003 album Anthem and before.


New Found Glory
NFG is by far my favorite band on this list, and one of my top 10 favorite bands of all-time. Maybe even top 5 if I really thought it out. I could pretty much earmark each chapter of my life with their albums. I’ve seen them a few times and their live performance is always phenomenal. Even last year when singer Jordan Pundik broke his leg on tour, they continued on and played with the same level of energy as if nothing had happened at all. There’s no way I’m gonna miss a chance to see them play “My Friend’s Over You” again.


Reel Big Fish
This is probably the one band on the list that you should go to see if you’re 40. RBF have been around since the mid-90’s and haven’t lost one ounce of their charisma. I first heard of them when the movie Baseketball came out because their cover of “Take on Me” was featured on the soundtrack, and the band actually appeared briefly in the movie. If you don’t catch their set you’re missing out because they’re SKA-mazing!


SUM 41
This is band I’m most excited to see. I bought they’re Half Hour of Power ep at a Wal-Mart in Eastern Kentucky on a trip to visit family and I didn’t stop listening to it the entire time. I remember the first time I saw them live was at another music festival and they joked about getting into a fight with the band SR-71 in the hotel lobby before they drove to the venue. That still cracks me up. If they play “Fat Lip” I sure as hell will be singing along, and I still know every word.


Tsunami Bomb
What’s funny about Tsunami Bomb being on this list is that I was never a huge fan of theirs or anything, but my little brother was and he’s not in his 30’s. He’s barely in his mid-20’s. Although, we did go see them once and he was certainly the youngest person there so they were obviously for an older crowd. They have a different vocalist now, but they’re still a great band. “Dawn on a Funeral Day” was the song I dug most.


OK, here’s the thing about me and Yellowcard. I’m kind of a hipster when it comes to them because I liked them before they blew up. Ocean Avenue didn’t grab me, but I really enjoyed their albums One for the Kids and Where We Stand. Oh! Also, their cover of Michelle Branch’s “Everywhere” is legit so there’s that.


Head over to for a full list of all the bands playing, as well as show dates. And if you do go to the show, make sure to check out some of the more recent bands too. I highly recommend Gideon, State Champs, and Old Wounds. Just because we’re old doesn’t mean we have to be irrelevant.