Terror takes over the Valiant Universe this January…
The critically-acclaimed series SHADOWMAN will unleash part 1 of ‘Deadside War’ in SHADOWMAN #5, a gripping horror storyline that will unfold within the pages of SHADOWMAN for four issues and feature the eagerly anticipated return of fan-favorite character PUNK MAMBO.
Jack Boniface is SHADOWMAN, the brave and powerful supernatural protector who keeps humanity safe from the deadly creatures that dwell within the dimension known as the Deadside. When more and more of these nightmarish creatures start clawing into the world of the living, Jack won’t be able to stand alone against the global threat. “We’re seeing Blights — tears in the fabric of reality between our world and the Deadside — opening with increased frequency and increased supernatural mayhem,” said New York Times bestselling writer CULLEN BUNN. “It will also awaken some old adversaries who might be too much even for the combined might of our heroes. All this brings us to the titular war, which could rip the entirety of the Valiant Universe apart.”
Rising star artist PEDRO ANDREO aims to pull fans right into Cullen’s haunting story. “I wanted to capture the horror, stress, and oppression that an actual zombie attack would have in a city that wasn’t expecting it,” stated Pedro. “I couldn’t decide on whether I wanted slow zombies or running zombies so I went with a little bit of both. Both types of zombies! Could you imagine? That would be a nightmare.”
In addition to bringing the horror to new heights, Pedro also enjoyed the opportunity to blend in energetic action sequences. “Cullen’s script was specific about everything that took place in these panels, but it let me go wild on the shots, angles, and movement, so I went full anime on them. I had a lot of fun doing the kinetic effects and such crazy panels full of detail, gore and action.”
Every new chapter of ‘Deadside War’ in SHADOWMAN will feature a primary cover by Jon Davis-Hunt, a new Horror Movie Homage variant cover, and a pre-order cover. See below for the SHADOWMAN #5 covers featuring artwork by Davis-Hunt, Jonathan Marks Barravecchia, and Adam Pollina.
Part 1 of ‘Deadside War’ in SHADOWMAN #5 will kick off THE YEAR OF VALIANT, a year-long celebration of Valiant throughout 2022 featuring new launches, new creators, and the return of more fan-favorite characters. More will be revealed about THE YEAR OF VALIANT in the coming months.