VALIANT Definitive Reading Order

UPDATE 9/30/16

 

I love shared universes. I particularly love taking notes on continuity and placing it all in proper order. When I started reading Valiant a couple of years ago, I first spent a couple of weeks cataloging each issue in order of publication beginning with May 2012. Then I read everything (seriously, everything) in the order of release. Once I finished an arc, I then placed it in a reading order that made the most sense before going on to the next one. This step-by-step process kept me from being overwhelmed by the material.

This reading order is meant to flow like a single narrative. I don’t take into consideration Valiant’s official acts. I treat titles as chapters, as if the entire saga is in one huge compendium. Because of this, some issues have a strange placement, but I promise that if anyone reads Valiant in this order, the story will read exceptionally clear and, in my opinion, more enjoyably. Common themes are grouped together to improve flow, like a piece of music that gradually builds to a crescendo.

A few notes on placement:

– I don’t move on to the next title until the current one comes to a resting conclusion, otherwise the reader would have a hard time moving on when events were still unresolved. So when X-O Manowar completes its first arc, I go right into the next since the next one takes place immediately after.

– The 25th issue of the ‘Valiant first wave’ featured tons of backup story. Some of these are jokes and are not meant to be seen as in continuity. Others, though, take place at certain moments in previous arcs, and actually serve to enhance the story when read along with them. For instance, a backup feature from HARBINGER #25 takes place during the first five issues of the title. But if read (as a flashback) right before issue six, we see that Kris actually references the moment in the flashback. It flows exceptionally well like this. HOWEVER, I realize that hunting down a future issue just for five or six pages can be frustrating, so the issues marked as (segment:) should be seen as purely optional.

– Everyone seems to agree that X-O MANOWAR #1 is the place to start. After all, this is were the relaunch began. But looking at Valiant, I see that arguably the central figure in all of this is Toyo Harada. Because of this, I feel it best to establish who he is.

– Eternal Warrior. The first series seems a bit out of continuity when compared to his appearances in ARCHER & ARMSTRONG. It works, but only if we use a little imagination. It has to be read before the latter, and we need to assume that after the events in the Sword of the Wild arc, he had a change of heart before showing up in A&A (the Geomancer is the same in both series, so there is a connecting thread).

So anyway, I’ll shut up now and GET RIGHT TO THE FRIGGIN’ READING ORDER …

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  1. Harbinger      0
  2. Harbinger      1
  3. Harbinger      2
  4. Harbinger      3
  5. Harbinger      4
  6. Harbinger      5

  7. Bloodshot      1
  8. Bloodshot      2
  9. Bloodshot      3
  10. Bloodshot      4

  11. X-O Manowar      1
  12. X-O Manowar      2
  13. X-O Manowar      3
  14. X-O Manowar      4
  15. X-O Manowar      5
  16. X-O Manowar      6
  17. X-O Manowar      7
  18. X-O Manowar      8

  19. Eternal Warrior      1
  20. Eternal Warrior      2
  21. Eternal Warrior      3
  22. Eternal Warrior      4

  23. Archer & Armstrong      1
  24. Archer & Armstrong      2
  25. Archer & Armstrong      3
  26. Archer & Armstrong      4

  27. Shadowman      0
  28. Shadowman      10
  29. Shadowman      1
  30. Shadowman      2
  31. Shadowman      3
  32. Shadowman      4
  33. Shadowman      5
  34. Shadowman      6
  35. Shadowman      7
  36. Shadowman      8
  37. Shadowman      9

  38. Harbinger      25      (segment: INTO MEMORY)
  39. Harbinger      6
  40. Harbinger      7
  41. Harbinger      8
  42. Harbinger      9
  43. Harbinger      10

  44. Bloodshot      5
  45. Bloodshot      6
  46. Bloodshot      7
  47. Bloodshot      8
  48. Bloodshot      9

  49. Bloodshot      10
  50. Harbinger Wars      1
  51. Harbinger      11
  52. Bloodshot      11
  53. Harbinger Wars      2
  54. Harbinger      12
  55. Bloodshot      12
  56. Harbinger      13
  57. Harbinger Wars      3
  58. Harbinger Wars      4
  59. Harbinger      14
  60. Bloodshot      25      (segment: HEART OF THE MATTER)
  61. Bloodshot      13

  62. X-O Manowar      9
  63. X-O Manowar      10
  64. X-O Manowar      11
  65. X-O Manowar      12
  66. X-O Manowar      13
  67. X-O Manowar      14

  68. Archer & Armstrong      5
  69. Archer & Armstrong      6
  70. Archer & Armstrong      7
  71. Archer & Armstrong      8
  72. Archer & Armstrong      9
  73. Archer & Armstrong      0
  74. Archer & Armstrong      10
  75. Archer & Armstrong      11
  76. Archer & Armstrong      12
  77. Archer & Armstrong      13

  78. Quantum & Woody      1
  79. Quantum & Woody      2
  80. Quantum & Woody      3
  81. Quantum & Woody      4

  82. Shadowman      11
  83. Shadowman      12
  84. Shadowman      13x
  85. Shadowman      13
  86. Shadowman      14
  87. Shadowman      15
  88. Shadowman      16
  89. Punk Mambo      0

  90. Bloodshot      14
  91. Bloodshot      15

  92. X-O Manowar      15
  93. X-O Manowar      16
  94. X-O Manowar      17
  95. X-O Manowar      18

  96. Bloodshot      16
  97. Bloodshot      17
  98. Bloodshot      0
  99. Bloodshot      24
  100. Bloodshot      25      (segment: GLITCH)

  101. Harbinger      15
  102. Harbinger      16
  103. Harbinger      17
  104. Harbinger      18
  105. Harbinger      19

  106. Bloodshot      18
  107. Bloodshot      19
  108. Bloodshot      0     (H.A.R.D. Corps) ~second zero issue~

  109. Archer & Armstrong      14
  110. Archer & Armstrong      25      (segment: FIRST ROUND’S ON ME)
  111. Archer & Armstrong      15
  112. Archer & Armstrong      16
  113. Archer & Armstrong      17

  114. Archer & Armstrong      0      (Archer) ~second zero issue~
  115. Archer & Armstrong      18
  116. Bloodshot      20
  117. Archer & Armstrong      19
  118. Bloodshot      21

  119. Quantum & Woody      5
  120. Quantum & Woody      6
  121. Quantum & Woody      7
  122. Quantum & Woody      8

  123. X-O Manowar Annual 2016      (segment: HERITAGE)
  124. Unity      1
  125. X-O Manowar      19
  126. Unity      2
  127. X-O Manowar      20
  128. Unity      3
  129. X-O Manowar      21
  130. Unity      4
  131. X-O Manowar      22

  132. Harbinger      20
  133. Harbinger      21
  134. Harbinger      22
  135. Harbinger      23
  136. Harbinger      24
  137. Harbinger      25
  138. Harbinger Omegas      1
  139. Harbinger Omegas      2
  140. Harbinger Omegas      3
  141. Harbinger      0      (Bleeding Monk) ~second zero issue~

  142. Bloodshot      22
  143. Bloodshot      23

  144. Unity      5
  145. Unity      6
  146. Unity      7

  147. Bloodshot      25      (segment: THE GANG’S ALL HERE)
  148. X-O Manowar      25      (segment: FATE OF KINGS)
  149. X-O Manowar      23
  150. X-O Manowar      24
  151. X-O Manowar      25
  152. Armor Hunters      1
  153. Unity      8
  154. Armor Hunters      2
  155. Unity      9
  156. Armor Hunters: Harbinger      1
  157. Armor Hunters: Bloodshot      1
  158. Armor Hunters: Bloodshot      2
  159. Armor Hunters: Bloodshot      3
  160. Armor Hunters      3
  161. Unity      10
  162. Armor Hunters: Harbinger      2
  163. Armor Hunters: Harbinger      3
  164. Unity      11
  165. Armor Hunters      4
  166. X-O Manowar      26
  167. X-O Manowar      27
  168. X-O Manowar      28
  169. X-O Manowar      29
  170. Armor Hunters: Aftermath      1

  171. Archer & Armstrong      20
  172. Archer & Armstrong      21
  173. Archer & Armstrong      22
  174. Archer & Armstrong      23
  175. Archer & Armstrong      25      (segment: BACK TO THE BEGINNING)

  176. Quantum & Woody      0
  177. Quantum & Woody      9
  178. Quantum & Woody      10
  179. Quantum & Woody      11
  180. Quantum & Woody      12

  181. Shadowman Endtimes      1
  182. Shadowman Endtimes      2
  183. Shadowman Endtimes      3

  184. The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage      1
  185. The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage      2
  186. The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage      3
  187. The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage      4
  188. The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage      5

  189. Rai      1
  190. Rai      2
  191. Rai      3
  192. Rai      4

  193. Eternal Warrior      5
  194. Eternal Warrior      6
  195. Eternal Warrior      7
  196. Eternal Warrior      8

  197. Archer & Armstrong      24
  198. Archer & Armstrong      25      (segment: IMMORTAL COMBAT)
  199. Archer & Armstrong      25      (segment: HAPPY RETURNS)
  200. Archer & Armstrong      25      (segment: 1% — NEW BREED)
  201. One Percent      1

  202. The Delinquents      1
  203. The Delinquents      2
  204. The Delinquents      3
  205. The Delinquents      4

  206. X-O Manowar      25      (segment: BATTLE FOR THE AGES)
  207. X-O Manowar      0
  208. X-O Manowar      30
  209. X-O Manowar      31
  210. X-O Manowar      32
  211. X-O Manowar      33

  212. Unity      0
  213. Unity      12
  214. Faith      0
  215. Unity      13
  216. Unity      14

  217. Book of Death: Legend of the Geomancer      1
  218. Book of Death: Legend of the Geomancer      2
  219. Book of Death: Legend of the Geomancer      3
  220. Book of Death: Legend of the Geomancer      4

  221. Eternal Warrior: Days of Steel      1
  222. Eternal Warrior: Days of Steel      2
  223. Eternal Warrior: Days of Steel      3

  224. The Valiant      1
  225. The Valiant      2
  226. The Valiant      3
  227. The Valiant      4

  228. Ivar, Timewalker      1
  229. Ivar, Timewalker      2
  230. Ivar, Timewalker      3
  231. Ivar, Timewalker      4
  232. Ivar, Timewalker      5
  233. Ivar, Timewalker      6
  234. Ivar, Timewalker      7
  235. Ivar, Timewalker      8
  236. Ivar, Timewalker      9
  237. Ivar, Timewalker      10
  238. Ivar, Timewalker      11
  239. Ivar, Timewalker      12

  240. Valiant-Sized Quantum & Woody      1
  241. Quantum & Woody Must Die!      1
  242. Quantum & Woody Must Die!      2
  243. Quantum & Woody Must Die!      3
  244. Quantum & Woody Must Die!      4

  245. Dead Drop      1
  246. Dead Drop      2
  247. Dead Drop      3
  248. Dead Drop      4

  249. X-O Manowar      34
  250. X-O Manowar      35
  251. X-O Manowar      36
  252. X-O Manowar      37

  253. Unity      15
  254. Unity      16
  255. Unity      17
  256. Unity      18
  257. Unity      19
  258. Unity      20
  259. Unity      21
  260. Unity      22

  261. X-O Manowar      50      (segment: THE TWO DEATHS OF GAIUS MAELUS)
  262. X-O Manowar      38
  263. X-O Manowar: 25th Anniversary Special

  264. Imperium      1
  265. Imperium      2
  266. Imperium      3
  267. Imperium      4

  268. Divinity      1
  269. Divinity      2
  270. Divinity      3
  271. Divinity      4

  272. Imperium      5
  273. Imperium      6
  274. Imperium      7
  275. Imperium      8

  276. Unity      23
  277. Unity      24

  278. Imperium      9
  279. Imperium      10
  280. Imperium      11
  281. Imperium      12

  282. Divinity II      1
  283. Divinity II      2
  284. Divinity II      3
  285. Divinity II      4

  286. Book of Death      1
  287. Book of Death      2
  288. Book of Death      3
  289. Book of Death      4

  290. Bloodshot Reborn      1
  291. Bloodshot Reborn      2
  292. Bloodshot Reborn      3
  293. Bloodshot Reborn      4
  294. Bloodshot Reborn      5
  295. Bloodshot Reborn      6
  296. Bloodshot Reborn      7
  297. Bloodshot Reborn      8
  298. Bloodshot Reborn      9

  299. X-O Manowar      39
  300. X-O Manowar      40
  301. X-O Manowar      41
  302. X-O Manowar      42
  303. X-O Manowar      0      (Commander Trill) ~second zero issue~

  304. Book of Death: Fall of Bloodshot      1
  305. Book of Death: Fall of Ninjak      1
  306. Book of Death: Fall of Harbinger      1
  307. Book of Death: Fall of X-O Manowar      1

  308. Rai      5
  309. Rai      6
  310. Rai      7
  311. Rai      8

  312. Unity      25
  313. X-O Manowar: Annual 2016      (segment: THE PRISONER)
  314. Bloodshot Reborn: Annual 2016

  315. Ninjak      1
  316. Ninjak      2
  317. Ninjak      3
  318. Ninjak      4
  319. Ninjak      5
  320. Ninjak      6
  321. Ninjak      7
  322. Ninjak      8
  323. Ninjak      9

  324. Doctor Mirage: Second Lives      1
  325. Doctor Mirage: Second Lives      2
  326. Doctor Mirage: Second Lives      3
  327. Doctor Mirage: Second Lives      4

  328. Wrath of the Eternal Warrior      1
  329. Wrath of the Eternal Warrior      2
  330. Wrath of the Eternal Warrior      3
  331. Wrath of the Eternal Warrior      4
  332. Wrath of the Eternal Warrior      5
  333. Wrath of the Eternal Warrior      6
  334. Wrath of the Eternal Warrior      7
  335. Wrath of the Eternal Warrior      8
  336. Wrath of the Eternal Warrior      9
  337. Wrath of the Eternal Warrior      10
  338. Wrath of the Eternal Warrior      11
  339. Wrath of the Eternal Warrior      12
  340. Wrath of the Eternal Warrior      13
  341. Wrath of the Eternal Warrior      14

  342. A+A: The Adventures of Archer & Armstrong      1
  343. A+A: The Adventures of Archer & Armstrong      2
  344. A+A: The Adventures of Archer & Armstrong      3
  345. A+A: The Adventures of Archer & Armstrong      4

  346. Faith   {miniseries}      1
  347. Faith   {miniseries}      2
  348. Faith   {miniseries}      3
  349. Faith   {miniseries}      4
  350. X-O Manowar: Annual 2016      (segment: TAKING A MEETING)

  351. Imperium      13
  352. Imperium      14
  353. Imperium      15
  354. Imperium      16

  355. X-O Manowar      50      (segment: HIS GREATEST FAILURE)
  356. X-O Manowar      43
  357. X-O Manowar      44
  358. X-O Manowar      45
  359. X-O Manowar      46
  360. X-O Manowar: Annual 2016       (segment: THE TORMENT)
  361. X-O Manowar      47
  362. X-O Manowar      48
  363. X-O Manowar      49
  364. X-O Manowar      50
  365. X-O Manowar      50      (segment: THE FUTURE)

  366. Ninjak      10
  367. Ninjak      11
  368. Ninjak      12
  369. Ninjak      13
  370. Ninjak      14
  371. Ninjak      15
  372. Ninjak      16
  373. Ninjak      17

  374. Rai      13
  375. Rai      14
  376. Rai      15
  377. Rai      16
  378. Rai      9
  379. Rai      10
  380. Rai      11
  381. Rai      12
  382. 4001 AD: X-O Manowar      1
  383. 4001 AD      1
  384. 4001 AD      2
  385. 4001 AD      3
  386. 4001 AD      4
  387. 4001 AD: Bloodshot      1
  388. 4001 AD: Shadowman      1
  389. 4001 AD: War Mother      1

  390. Bloodshot Reborn      10
  391. Bloodshot Reborn      11
  392. Bloodshot Reborn      12
  393. Bloodshot Reborn      13
  394. Bloodshot Reborn      14
  395. Bloodshot Reborn      15
  396. Bloodshot Reborn      16
  397. Bloodshot Reborn      17
  398. Bloodshot Reborn      18

 

 

 

 

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Trade Paperbacks

1. Harbinger vol.1 — Omega Rising
2. Bloodshot vol.1 — Setting the World on Fire
3. X-O Manowar vol.1 — By the Sword
4. X-O Manowar vol.2 — Enter Ninjak
5. Eternal Warrior vol.1 — Sword of the Wild
6. Archer & Armstrong vol.1 — The Michelangelo Code
7. Shadowman vol.1 — Birth Rites
8. Shadowman vol.2 — Darque Reckoning
9. Harbinger vol.2 — Renegades
10. Bloodshot vol.2 — The Rise and the Fall
11. Harbinger Wars
12. Harbinger vol.3 — Harbinger Wars
13. Bloodshot vol.3 — Harbinger Wars
14. X-O Manowar vol.3 — Planet Death
15. Archer & Armstrong vol.2 — Wrath of the Eternal Warrior
16. Archer & Armstrong vol.3 — Far, Far Away
17. Quantum & Woody vol.1 — The World’s Worst Superhero Team
18. Shadowman vol.3 — Deadside Blues
19. Shadowman vol.4 — Fear, Blood, and Shadows
20. X-O Manowar vol.4 — Homecoming
21. Bloodshot vol.4 — H.A.R.D. Corps
22. Harbinger vol.4 — Perfect Day
23. Archer & Armstrong vol.4 — Sect Civil War
24. Archer & Armstrong vol.5 — Mission Improbable
25. Quantum & Woody vol.2 — In Security
26. Unity vol.1 — To Kill A King
27. X-O Manowar vol.5 — At War With Unity
28. Harbinger vol.5 — Death of a Renegade
29. Harbinger vol.6 — Omegas
30. Bloodshot vol.5 — Get Some and Other Stories
31. Bloodshot vol.6 — The Glitch and Other Tales
32. Unity vol.2 — Trapped by WebNet
33. X-O Manowar vol.6 — Prelude to Armor Hunters
34. Armor Hunters
35. Unity vol.3 — Armor Hunters
36. Armor Hunters: Bloodshot
37. Armor Hunters: Harbinger
38. X-O Manowar vol.7 — Armor Hunters
39. Archer & Armstrong vol.6 — American Wasteland
40. Quantum & Woody vol.3 — Crooked Pasts, Present Tense
41. Shadowman Endtimes
42. The Death Defying Doctor Mirage vol.1
43. Rai vol.1 — Welcome to New Japan
44. Eternal Warrior vol.2 — Eternal Emperor
45. Archer & Armstrong vol.7 — The One Percent and Other Tales
46. The Delinquents
47. X-O Manowar vol.8 — Enter: Armorines
48. Unity vol.4 — The United
49. Eternal Warrior: Days of Steel
50. The Valiant
51. Ivar, Timewalker vol.1 — Making History
52. Ivar, Timewalker vol.2 — Breaking History
53. Ivar, Timewalker vol.3 — Ending History
54. Quantum & Woody vol.4 — Quantum & Woody Must Die!
55. Dead Drop
56. X-O Manowar vol.9 — Dead Hand
57. Unity vol.5 — Homefront
58. Unity vol.6 — The War Monger
59. Imperium vol.1 — Collecting Monsters
60. Divinity
61. Imperium vol.2 — Broken Angels
62. Imperium vol.3 — The Vine Imperative

63. Divinity II

64. Book of Death
65. Bloodshot Reborn vol.1 — Colorado
66. Bloodshot Reborn vol.2 — The Hunt
67. X-O Manowar vol.10 — Exodus
68. Book of Death: Fall of the Valiant Universe
69. Rai vol.2 — Battle for New Japan
70. Ninjak vol.1 — Weaponeer
71. Ninjak vol.2 — The Shadow Wars

72. The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage vol.2 — Second Lives

73. Wrath of the Eternal Warrior vol.1 — Risen

74. Wrath of the Eternal Warrior vol.2 — Labyrinth

75. A+A: The Adventures of Archer & Armstrong vol.1 — In the Bag

76. Faith vol.1 — Hollywood and Vine

77. Imperium vol.4 — Stormbreak

78. X-O Manowar vol.11 — The Kill List

79. X-O Manowar vol.12 — Long Live the King

80. X-O Manowar vol.13 — Succession and Other Tales

81. Ninjak vol.3 — Operation: Deadside

82. Ninjak vol.4 — The Siege of King’s Castle

83. Rai vol.4 — 4001AD

84. Rai vol.3 — The Orphan

85. 4001AD

86. 4001AD: Beyond New Japan

87. Bloodshot Reborn vol.3 — The Analog Man

88. Bloodshot Reborn vol.4 — Bloodshot Island

Deluxe Editions

1. Harbinger Deluxe vol.1
2. Bloodshot Deluxe vol.1
3. X-O Manowar Deluxe vol.1
4. Archer & Armstrong Deluxe vol.1
5. Shadowman Deluxe vol.1
6. Harbinger Wars Deluxe
7. Quantum & Woody Deluxe vol.1
8. Bloodshot Deluxe vol.2
9. Harbinger Deluxe vol.2
10. X-O Manowar Deluxe vol.2
11. Unity Deluxe vol.1
12. Archer & Armstrong Deluxe vol.2
13. Armor Hunters Deluxe
14. Shadowman Deluxe vol.2
15. The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage Deluxe vol.1
16. Rai Deluxe vol.1
17. The Valiant Deluxe
18. Ivar, Timewalker Deluxe vol.1
19. X-O Manowar Deluxe vol.3
20. Divinity Deluxe
21. Book of Death Deluxe

22. Bloodshot Reborn Deluxe vol.1

23. X-O Manowar Deluxe vol.4

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  1. When will this be updated again? I’m almost caught up to where you are for the Valiant order and Act 6 is by and large missing. Regardless, thank you so much for this comprehensive list! It’s made the VEI that much easier to get through!

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  2. Please update this! It has been an invaluable tool to me the last two years but sadly is too out of date for me to continue using! I have my own list started which is based on yours and another one and my own feelings about title placement but I’d still like to have your list to bounce ideas off of! Please update soon!

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  3. Thank you so much for this reading order! This is by far the most comprehensive reading order for the 2012 Valiant U. It is perfect for any Valiant fan who is embarking on the stellar journey that is the new Valiant universe. I am nearing the end of the list though, and I was wondering if we could get an update? Thank you so much!

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