EXCLUSIVE: Valiant “8-Bit” Variant Comic Covers Level Two Revealed, Plus GIVEAWAY!


To celebrate its company crossover event, Valiant Comics recently unveiled a free downloadable game and a series of variant covers based on classic 8-Bit games. Today, we are exclusively unveiling the second wave (some of which upgrade to 16-bit)…as well as a chance to win a complete set of these issues and a bunch of Valiant TPBs, including:

X-O Manowar Vol. 1: By the Sword TPB
X-O Manowar Vol. 2: Enter Ninjak TPB
Bloodshot Vol. 1: Setting the World on Fire TPB
Bloodshot Vol. 2: The Rise and The Fall TPB
Harbinger Vol. 1: Omega Rising TPB
Harbinger Vol. 2: Renegades TPB
Archer & Armstrong Vol. 1: The Michelangelo Code TPB
Shadowman Vol. 1: Birth Rites TPB

Click past the jump for the rest of the covers, some quotes from the artists behind the covers, and contest details!

Donovan Santiago, artist, on Archer & Armstrong:

“These were some of the biggest characters, pixel-wise, that I have worked with. Most people would think this is harder, but it’s actually the opposite. It’s far more difficult to make something ten pixels tall look like what you intended. Covers are something I’ve always dreamed of doing and working with Valiant has been a blast!”


Matthew Waite, artist:

“[A] first person shooter…is the first thing I think of when I think of a Bloodshot game, and who would not want to play Harbinger Kart…with insane powers.”



Contest instructions and more on the next page…




“To me comic books and video games are like peanut butter and jelly. I killed off many summer days with that sandwich. With this X-O Manowar cover, I really wanted to push myself with the Pixel Art medium by turning the blocks into the pixels themselves. This hurt my brain and took a few tries to get it right.”


All these books are out in October. But if you want to guarantee yourself a set (plus those bonus TPBs), you can try to win them today.

The contest rules kinda suggest themselves, don’t they? Take any pop-culture icon of your choosing and turn it into an ad/cover/screenshot of an 8 or 16-bit game. Post it in comments below (the image must show up in the comments thread).

Enter as many times as you like; contest closes July 8th, the Monday after the 4th, at 12:01 a.m. By entering, you grant TR the right to use the image you create for promotional purposes on this site and its social media feeds.

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