The Eternal Warrior will awaken in Valiant’s punishing new standalone, Eternal Warrior: Awakening #1 that celebrates 25 years of Valiant’s immortal soldier.

This new standalone written by Robert Venditti with artwork by Renato Guedes will reveal a never-before-told story of Gilad Anni-Padda’s earliest adventures at the dawn of civilization.

Gilad Anni-Padda will find himself on the brink of carving out victory in the most violent battle of his life when he suffers a devastating injury. He will awaken weeks later in a strange land, nursed back to health with no memory of his past.

Eternal Warrior: Awakening #1

Cover A by Clayton Crain

“I think there’s a tendency to interpret Gilad as very dark and grim, since he’s been a warrior for, well, eternity. It’s right there in the title. But I see him as an eternal optimist,” writer Robert Venditti told Newsarama. “He believes humanity is far more good than bad, and that the battle of good versus evil will be won one day. Otherwise, what makes him get out of bed and sacrifice so much to keep going? Really, I look at the Eternal Warrior, and beneath all the battles and bloodshed, I see an unending wellspring of hope.”

Eternal Warrior: Awakening #1 will feature covers by Clayton Crain, Robert Gill, Marc Laming, and Jeffrey Veregge.

It all begins on May 10th!

Eternal Warrior: Awakening #1

Cover B by Robert Gill