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If we’re talking Valiant and the letter U, there’s really only one thing this could be.
Unity was one of the most ambitious crossovers in modern comics, and the fact that Jim Shooter actually plotted the entire thing was a huge factor in it turning out so well (DC did a similar thing when Grant Morrison plotted out DC One Million, making that crossover turn out well, also).
The plot behind Unity was that this evil woman named Erica Pierce was trying to recreate the reality she wanted.
That was the plot, but the basic concept was “How do we get all of the Valiant Comics of the time into one cohesive universe?” That’s more difficult than you think when you consider that the styles of the books are drastically different and some of the books are set in the future!
However, Shooter not only did it – he did it well, and the end result was a cohesive universe that Shooter used to launch brand-new titles in late 1992, making Valiant as hot as it would ever be as a company. In late 1992, right off the popularity of Unity, Valiant released Bloodshot #1 with a special cover, and it was the biggest book Valiant had had at that point, we’re talking like 800,000 copies or something nuts like that.
Valiant was an 18 part storyline. The first part was in Unity #0, which was a free giveaway and the final part was in Unity #1.
It was done in two months (the first month opened with the launch of two new titles, Eternal Warrior and Archer and Armstrong).
In one last neat idea, Shooter had the first month’s covers all drawn by Frank Miller, so that they could all form one large image…
The second month, he did the same, only with Walt Simonson.
You don’t get much better than having Frank Miller and Walt Simonson draw all your books’ covers for two months for your biggest project to date!
And boy, did it work.
Unity 2000…well…that’s a different story…
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