Imperium: A Comic Built Around the Paradox of a Utopian Nightmare

Joshua Dysart writes one comic title per month – Valiant Comics’ Imperium. For established writers with his track record, that is unusual, and Dysart is not want for work. He’s simply focusing on writing only one title a month so he can produce the best story within him, and it shows with the sophistication and appeal of Imperium. For the uninitiated it’s focused on Toyo Harada, potentially the most powerful character in the Valiant Universe with his abilities to hack minds, control people, and manipulate matter at will. There are few limitations to his abilities, which have created the perfect … Continue reading

IMPERIUM’S Joshua Dysart Talks Movies, Villains, and His Most Important Character

Joshua Dysart’s Imperium, published by Valiant Comics and drawn by Doug Braithwaite, has taken comics into new territory. Beware that this interview may contain minor spoilers. Already known for his socio-political awareness, Dysart picks up where Harbinger and Omegas left off by turning his full attention to Toyo Harada – one of the most engaging and complex characters to grace comics. And by extension, Imperium has become one of the most ambitious comic titles on the market. Harada is no ordinary villain. In fact, it’s arguable that he’s simply a man with a plan and vision that would bode better … Continue reading

Comic Review – Imperium #3 from Valiant Comics

  Imperium #3 From Valiant Comics, builds on the complex narrative of Toyo Harada. A $3.99 Comic, 32 pgs, Rated T+ written by Joshua Dysart Art by Doug Braithwaite colorist Brian Reber Cover A by Raul Allen Cover B by Doug Braithwaite Variant Cover by Cary Nord Character Design Variant by Doug Braithwaite Be warned that there may be minor spoilers if you haven’t read the current issue of Imperium. The Writing Dysart has been crafting Harada into one of the most interesting and intricate characters in the Valiant Universe but not by crafting a narrative that is up close … Continue reading

Comic Book Review – Imperium #2 from Valiant Comics

IMPERIUM #2 A $3.99 Comic, 32 pages, Rated T+ Written by Joshua Dysart Art by Doug Braithwaite Cover A by Raul Allen Cover B by Doug Braithwaite Cover C by Butch Guice Variant Cover by Lewis Larosa Character Design Variant by Doug Braithwaite The Skinny: It can’t be said enough, Joshua Dysart is good at this. Following the strong debut of Imperium, this story provides an introduction to a character who promises to be every bit as complex as the conflict unfolding before the reader. Think of how complicated a war can be. Think of the stakes. Then remember that … Continue reading

Valiant Previews – Imperium #2 & X-O Manowar #34

Valiant’s flagship and longest running title, X-O Manowar, and one of its newest hits, Imperium both have issues coming out the first week of March, and we have the previews for each right here for you!  (And don’t forget NINJAK #1 is also coming out this March!) First up, X-O Manowar #34. This issue starts a brand new story arc, Dead Hand! He survived ENTER: NINJAK. He waged war on PLANET DEATH. And now he must defend the Earth from an unholy reckoning…and the doomsday protocol codenamed: DEAD HAND! This is it…X-O Manowar…face-to-face with a ROBOT ARMY HELLBENT ON THE DESTRUCTION … Continue reading