Valiant Comics has unveiled a brand-new standalone event comic series, Rapture.

Rapture will feature Valiant’s fallen hero, Shadowman as he returns to the forefront of the Valiant Universe to unite with an unlikely ally – seasoned MI-6 intelligence operative Ninjak!

Helming this brand new event will be Valiant stud, Matt Kindt and artist Cafu.

“RAPTURE is our biggest and most harrowing exploration of the Shadowman mythology to date,” said Valiant Editor-in-Chief Warren Simons. “The return of Jack Boniface is just first step in a series of major developments that will be coming for Shadowman over the next year, and RAPTURE will officially begin his long-awaited return to the forefront of the Valiant Universe.”

“This series is ‘Lord of the Rings’ for the Valiant Universe, and Matt Kindt and CAFU have crafted a sprawling, Tolkien-esque journey that will see Ninjak, Shadowman, the Geomancer, and Punk Mambo fighting alongside a barbarian horde in one of their grandest battles yet,” said Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. “In the mold of previous standalone events like THE VALIANT, this series is a self-contained entry point that will will open an entirely new, unexplored corner of our universe and propel the twin destines of two of Valiant’s biggest characters forward for some time.”

Rapture will see two otherwordly armies separated by a scarred landscape on the precipice of battle as they vie for control of a massive tower named from an ancient language that is no longer permitted to be spoken.

One army is led by the primeval force named Babel, whose singular goal is to beach “Heaven” no matter the costs. However, standing in his way is a gray-haired barbaric warrior filled with rage and regret who sees this battle as his last chance for redemption. The only problem is his forces are depleted and stand little chance of victory without assistance.

Enter Tama. The 12-year old Geomancer who was last seen defeating Master Darque at the end of Valiant’s Book of the Dead event last year. Standing alongside Tama is a ragtag group of malcontents including Ninjak, Shadowman, and Punk Mambo who must somehow defeat the elder god, Babel. If they can’t millions will perish.

Along with exploring even further into the Deadside, Rapture aims to explore the many worlds that lie beyond it!

“I grew up loving ‘Conan’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’, but I haven’t really gotten a chance to develop my take on that kind of genre. I tend to gravitate to more grounded stories (relatively) with spies and gadgets and mystery,” writer Matt Kindt told Nerdist. “So it’s interesting to take that grounded sensibility and apply it to some crazy fantastical ideas – exploring heaven and hell, and gods and demons – but doing it in a way that humanizes all of the characters.”

As with most of Valiant’s event series, Rapture will run four issues long. Rapture #1 will feature covers from Mico Suayan, J.G. Jones, Kano, and Cafu.

Take a look at the covers:

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Cover A by Mico Suayan

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Cover B by J.G. Jones

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Character Design Variant by Kano

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Variant Cover by Cafu

Rapture #1 hits comic book shelves on May 24th!

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