While DC Comics were running their Rebirth press conference at WonderCon, down the hall someone else was making future headlines.
Joshua Dysart has been veteran of the newly resurgent Valiant Entertainment since Day One, helming the widely acclaimed 27-issue run on Harbinger, the company's first event series Harbinger Wars, and then following it up with Imperium – a truly outside-the-box superhero series that examines what happens when four would-be villains try an engineer a super-powered utopia out of the ruins of an African failed state.
He's a writer's writer. And a crazy good one at that.
But what could he possibly working on next? Well, this past weekend at WonderCon on Valiant's The Summer of 4001 AD panel – featuring Valiant's Dinesh Shamdasani, Fred Pierce and Warren Simons, alongside writers Jody Houser and Amy Chu, artist Clayton Henry and colorist David Baron – Dysart made a special surprise appearance.
Coming on stage as a surprise guest just before the panel's conclusion, an excited Josh Dysart teased big plans for the back half of 2016. Sitting next to an ominously red slide of the Imperium logo he specified that his work with Harbinger villain Toyo Harada was far from done, that he would soon be returning to the forefront of the Valiant publishing line, and that his next story was going to play out in a very large way…
So what it could be? The last time Valiant gave Dysart a big stage he penned the very successful Harbinger Wars crossover event. Is he working on a sequel? The first one is slated to be the crown jewel of Valiant's five-film slate at Sony after all. Or how about a second coming of Imperium? A Harada solo series? Or something new entirely? In the wake of the success of Divinity, Valiant have teased the names of a number of new characters – Britannia, Savage, and Stalinverse.