Valiant Entertainment signs deal for line of adult novels and audiobooks


Valiant Entertainment has signed a deal for a line of adult first novels featuring the Valiant characters they still own as part of a partnership with Blackstone Publishing. With characters such as Shadowman, Eternal Warrior and Livewire appearing in prose for the first time. Blackstone is best known as an audiobook publisher, based in Ashland, Oregon, with five in-house recording studios.

Valiant Entertainment signs deal for adult novel line with Blackstone

Rick BleiweissBlackstone’s head of new business development reportedly said, “I’m thrilled that we’ll be releasing Valiant’s fabulous comic book characters in newly written full-length novels. I know their existing fanbase will love these books and stories, and it will give many more people exposure to the worlds and characters that Valiant has created and that so many of their ardent followers regularly enjoy.”

While Brendan Deneen, Blackstone’s director of media, television and film is similarly quoted: “I am delighted to be working with the team at Valiant to find the perfect prose writers as we develop exhilarating new takes for this incredible comic book library. This is a great opportunity to bring new readers to the valiant universe while staying true to what makes these characters so iconic in the first place.”

However, the press release issued by Valiant doesn’t actually cite anything from anyone at Valiant. It also doesn’t list the planned details of the novels or even suggest who might write them.

Valiant Comics was founded in 1989 by Jim Shooter and Steven Massarsky before being sold to Acclaim Entertainment in 1994. After Acclaim declared bankruptcy, the company was restarted as Valiant Entertainment by Dinesh Shamdasani and Jason Kothari in 2005, before being ousted by investors DMG in 2018, who now own the publisher 100%. Valiant has published novels before, such as with the character Faithbut intended for a YA market.

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