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Valiant Entertainment made its latest series official today: the four-issue War Mother, from the creative team of writer Fred Van Lente and artist Stephen Segovia. The series stars the titular War Mother, who debuted in last year’s 4001 A.D.: War Mother one-shot — by Van Lente and artist Tomás Giorello.
Like 2016’s “4001 A.D.” miniseries, War Mother will take place in the far-flung year of, well, 4001 A.D. Valiant’s CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani calls the year a “critically important component of the Valiant Universe – a turning point where the full effect of events of the present day finally come into focus in the future.”
“I think there’s definitely an iron core there that once she’s decided that what she’s doing is for the greater good, nothing is going to stop her,” Van Lente said of War Mother in an interview with SyfyWire announcing the series. “She’s the classic immovable object or unstoppable force.”
Here’s the official description of the series: “Two millennia from today, Earth is not the hospitable home we once we knew. Ravaged by an endless onslaught of war, disaster, and time, the world is littered with desolate badlands, fortified kingdoms, and secretive enclaves where humanity still clings to life… Enclaves like The Grove – Earth’s last known repository of scientific knowledge and bioengineered prosperity. Now, under the leadership of the lone protector called War Mother and her sentient sniper rifle, the denizens of The Grove face a critical choice: remain where they are and die, or find a new land and flourish. Can War Mother lead her people out of isolation and reignite the fires of a dying planet? And even if she can locate the distant citadel she seeks, can she fight back the horrors and perverse monstrosities that lurk just beyond her doorstep?”
War Mother is scheduled to debut in August, but right now CBR has four new variant covers from the first issue of the series — by artists Clayton Crain (who illustrated the original 4001 A.D. miniseries), Kano (another Valiant regular), Jen Bartel (from IDW Publishing’s Jem and The Holograms) and Monika Palosz (who has illustrated covers for Valiant’s Harbinger Renegade and recently relaunched X-O Manowar).
War Mother #1 is scheduled for release on Aug. 23.