Valiant had already teased this part of their 4001 AD event. A new comic, with a female lead, but classified.
Now she has been revealed in an io9 PR piece. War Mother.
Unlike Valiant's other heroes, War Mother's home is in the future of the fifth millennium, where much of Earth is an apocalyptic wasteland under the watchful gaze of New Japan, a highly advanced and powerful civilization floating around in orbit.
But while War Mother protects what's left of the settlers in her home on Earth, bleak events aboard the station of New Japan send her on a new mission, with a wild new ally in the form of a living sniper rifle, to salvage what's crashing down to Earth in the crossfire.
And, yes, in the post-apocalyptic wastes of the fifth millennium, she has a friend.
Ana's sniper rifle is nicknamed Flaco, and he is fully sentient—but he's literally born as her mission starts. She has to guide him a lot of ways even as he's running mission intel for her, and sighting her targets, and all that good stuff. He has the mind of a child, really, at least in the beginning—a really, really lethal child!—and much of the maternal aspect of the War Mother title is her having to "raise" this sentient weapon, even as she's raising her own, human kid. Fittingly, the title of the one-shot is "A Girl and Her Gun."
Does that remind you of anyone else? A certain Rogue Trooper from 2000AD? A genetically created, blue-skinned, manufactured super soldier with a sentient gun, backpack and helmet, personalities of dead soldiers grafted onto his equipment?
A solid heritage if true…