Is Valiant Bringing Back Solar Man Of The Atom and Unity In 2021?

Today's Free Comic Book Day Valiant Entertainment title is from another era. It has Vin Diesel on the cover, back when Bloodshot was a movie people were looking forward to, and features the first comic book appearances of characters from the movie, Wilfred Wigans and KT, in a story by Tim Seeley and Jason Masters, a follow-up X-O Manowar story by Joshua Dysart and Doug Braithwaite – and a few little teasers.

We get to see a little more of what was planned for Valiant's Year Of Heroes. We knew there was The Harbinger, Savage and Ninjak coming – but this is the first news that there is a Faith series returning to Valiant.

Is Valiant Bringing Back Solar Man Of The Atom and Unity In 2021?
Is Valiant Bringing Back Solar Man Of The Atom and Unity In 2021?

But also, on the back inside cover page with this image, with the phrase 'The Universe Is Not Absolute'.

Is Valiant Bringing Back Solar Man Of The Atom and Unity In 2021?
Is Valiant Bringing Back Solar Man Of The Atom and Unity In 2021?

The original phrase for the original Valiant Entertainment crossover, planned from the very beginning of the comic book publishing line, was 'Time Is Not Absolute'.

Is Valiant Bringing Back Solar Man Of The Atom and Unity In 2021?

Subsequent versions also messed with that line. Victory is not absolute…

Is Valiant Bringing Back Solar Man Of The Atom and Unity In 2021?

And Armageddon is not absolute…

Is Valiant Bringing Back Solar Man Of The Atom and Unity In 2021?

Is this the return of Unity? Because it may also be worth pointing out the shape of those lines coming out from the explosion look very familiar…

Is Valiant Bringing Back Solar Man Of The Atom and Unity In 2021?
Is Valiant Bringing Back Solar Man Of The Atom and Unity In 2021?

As drawn by Barry Windsor-Smith from Solar: Man Of The Atom #0, a distinctive visual look that BWS gave to the character thirty years ago.

Is Valiant Bringing Back Solar Man Of The Atom and Unity In 2021?
Is Valiant Bringing Back Solar Man Of The Atom and Unity In 2021?
Is Valiant Bringing Back Solar Man Of The Atom and Unity In 2021?
Is Valiant Bringing Back Solar Man Of The Atom and Unity In 2021?

And used by artists ever since. Beams of light and power but segmented into such radial and criss-crossing shapes. When Valiant Entertainment restarted, it did so without the Gold Key characters that kicked it off in 1991, Solar Man Of The Atom, Magnus Robot Fighter and Turok on Of Stone. Since then Dark Horse Comics and Dynamite Entertainment have published titles featuring the characters. Could 2021 find a way to bring them home to the Valiant Universe? Or maybe just Solar Man Of The Atom? A new kind of Unity?

Free Comic Book Day: Valiant The Year of The Heroes 2020 is available in comic shops today. I picked up mine from Piranha Comics in Kingston-Upon-Thames. Piranha Comics is a small south London comic store chain with a small south-east store in Kingston-Upon Thames's market centre, which runs Magic The Gathering nights on Fridays, and a larger south-west store in Bromley, which also runs Magic nights and has an extensive back issue collection and online store. If you are in the neighbourhood, check them out.

Is Valiant Bringing Back Solar Man Of The Atom and Unity In 2021?
Is Valiant Bringing Back Solar Man Of The Atom and Unity In 2021?

 

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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