Today, Valiant announced an awesome new standalone series, RAPTURE, which is being described as the Lord of the Rings of the Valiant Universe!

“This series is ‘Lord of the Rings’ for the Valiant Universe, and Matt Kindt and CAFU have crafted a sprawling, Tolkien-esque journey that will see Ninjak, Shadowman, the Geomancer, and Punk Mambo fighting alongside a barbarian horde in one of their grandest battles yet,” said Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. “In the mold of previous standalone events like THE VALIANT, this series is a self-contained entry point that will will open an entirely new, unexplored corner of our universe and propel the twin destines of two of Valiant’s biggest characters forward for some time.”

Ninjak, Shadowman, and a barbarian horde? Yes, this self-contained four-issue series is going to be intense, and with a star studded team to boot, RAPTURE is shaping up to be an absolutely epic event.

“RAPTURE is our biggest and most harrowing exploration of the Shadowman mythology to date,” said Valiant Editor-in-Chief Warren Simons. “The return of Jack Boniface is the just first step in a series of major developments that will be coming for Shadowman over the next year, and RAPTURE will officially begin his long-awaited return to the forefront of the Valiant Universe.”

RAPTURE #1 (of 4) will hit shelves on Wednesday, May 24th. Click in the gallery below to check out some of the variant covers being offered for RAPTURE #1.