Secret Weapons # 1 NM Valiant 2017 1st print Eric Heisserer Raul Allen Cover A



Secret Weapons #1
Published Jun 2017 by Valiant
Writer Eric Heisserer
Art Raul Allen and Patricia Martin
Cover Raul Allen

Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Eric Heisserer (Arrival) joins Harvey Award-nominated artist Raúl Allén (Wrath of the Eternal Warrior) for Valiant’s next prestige format limited series, starring Livewire and an extraordinary new team of heroes!

The government has dispatched Amanda McKee – the technopath codenamed Livewire – to investigate the ruins of a secret facility formerly run by Toyo Harada, the most powerful telepath on Earth and her former mentor. In his quest for world betterment at any cost, Harada sought out and activated many potential psiots like himself. Those who survived, but whose powers he deemed to have no value to his cause, were hidden away at this installation. But Livewire, having studied Harada’s greatest strengths and learned his deepest weaknesses, senses opportunity where he once saw failure.

A young girl who can talk to birds… A boy who can make inanimate objects gently glow… To others, these are expensive failures. But, to Livewire, they are secret weapons…in need of a leader. Now, as a mechanized killer called Rexo seeks to draw them out, Livewire and her new team of cadets will be forced to put their powers into action…in ways they never could have imagined…

32 pages, full color.

Secret Weapons has been on my radar for awhile now. When the news was released Arrival screenwriter was joining Valiant, I was pretty jazzed. Arrival was one of my favorite films of last year, which spiked my hype around this book even more.

There’s a secret organization looking to collect these select few runaway psiot’s we meet throughout the issue. The organization seem to have their own predator like psiot, Rex-O to track them. We see a taste of what Rex-O is capable of before it goes off on her mission. Livewire during this is there to give us an emotional backstory on how our new characters arrived on the scene. With several intriguing introduction scenes to the characters and grasp of each of their own very, very unique abilities. The psiot hunter makes contact and the chase begins. Overpowered by the villainous psiot and close to being decapitated, they’re able to get away with the help of Livewire. Our issue ends where two of our characters Nicole and Owen are lead to an abandoned building, where Livewire is waiting to properly introduce herself and begin to build the foundation of the Secret Weapons team.

This was an enjoyable read and did everything a first issue should do. Each character introduction was natural and shows the reader these aren’t your god-like beings who you would take to fight a war. These characters remind you if special abilities were a real thing, they wouldn’t be as cool as you may think. Some people may easily be able to compare them to Inhumans. But their emotional backstory is what separates them from superheroes you’re familiar with. That’s where Eric Heisserer shows his talents of getting the reader attached to the characters we’ll be following. The issue had a great overall flow to get everyone on board.


Near mint condition, 1st printing.