Fresh off of their recent movie announcements, Valiant is looking to put more copies of this year's event on shelves and has come up with a rather novel way of doing just that for their upcoming summer crossover Book of Death, beginning in July.
Case in point: they recently announced the four-issue, retailer-incentive "companion series" for the event, Book of Death: Legends of the Geomancer…and the art is something to behold.
Written by Valiant regular Fred Van Lente with rather amazing art by Juan Jose Ryp, the first issue of the series will only be made available to retailers at a rate of one copy per every 25 of Book of Death #1 ordered. Subsequent issues of Legends of the Geomancer will be offered at a rate of one copy per 10 for the later issues of main Book of Death title.
The book takes place in pre-history and spotlights the origin and first appearance the first Geomancer, delivering a self-contained story that ties into the core Book of Death series, but is not essential to it.
Created as an promotional tool for their summer crossover, Valiant is giving retailers a hefty discount and full returnability on Book of Death #1, plus this tie-in series as an extra-added incentive, so while Legends of the Geomancer may be hard to get…it won't be as crazy a proposition as it sounds…
But that hasn't stopped Valiant reps from making a real sticking point of the series' limited availability, indicating that it won't be collected for the eventual Book of Death trade or released digitally via the usual providers. So if you want to get your hands on this book, better make sure to check that your local retailer is stocking it…because this chance may not come again…
Here's how Valiant is describing the book and its relationship to the main Book of Death series, plus the first advance showing of Juan Jose Ryp's pencils from the first issue…
As the secrets within the Book of the Geomancer wreak havoc on the present and future of the Valiant Universe, discover the true history and lineage of the very first speaker for the Earth with an all-new series of never-before-seen stories that won't be collected in trade paperback!
Created specifically to promote Valiant's upcoming BOOK OF DEATH event, BOOK OF DEATH: LEGENDS OF THE GEOMANCER will expand the mythology of BOOK OF DEATH's central character – a newly appointed Geomancer, the latest in a long line of mystics that speak for the Earth and shape the course of history – and chronicle the first appearance of the founder of her kind…Anni, the very first Geomancer!
Out of the pages of BOOK OF DEATH, the origin of the first Geomancer and the sacred pact that swore her to the service of the Earth can finally be told…but, with it too, the source of the divine mysteries that have haunted her line for centuries. Has Anni's mission redeemed or corrupted the world that followed in their wake…and will the ultimate secrets of the Geomancers' book doom us all in the end?
Book of Death: Legends of the Geomancer #1 will arrive in stores alongside Book of Death #1 on July 15.