With the first issue just around the corner, Valiant are pulling out all the stops in support their next ongoing series, A&A: The Adventures of Archer & Armstrong, by writer Rafer Roberts and newly Valiant-exclusive artist David Lafuente.
They're kicking things off this week a daily look at the new and returning cast members that inhabit the world of Valiant's award-winning heroes. One's an inebriated immortal who just happens to partied with all of history's greatest legends, the other is an uber-naive teenage assassin that was raised in a fundamentalist theme park…and now they'll be going up against Bacchus, the Greek god of wine and revelry, in the pages of their upcoming series.
Here's Valiant's pitch for the series:
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 who 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, these 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?
A&A: The Adventures of Archer & Armstrong #1 will be in stores March 16th. Join us for more looks inside the first story arc – appropriately entitled "In the Bag" – all week long at Bleeding Cool, including this early sneak peek at issue #2 with art by David Lafuente with inks by Ryan Winn:
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