Bob Layton comic
Collected for the very first time - the debut adventures of the H.A.R.D. Corps in the original Valiant Universe by legendary creators Jim Shooter (Secret Wars), David Lapham (Stray Bullets), David Michelinie (Amazing Spider-Man), Bernard Chang (Green Lantern Corps) and more!The most important technological breakthrough of the century might also be its most dangerous. After years of trial and error, multinational conglomerate Omen Enterprises has finally perfected a cybernetic brain implant that will change the face of modern warfare forever. With a legion of ex-soldiers at their disposal, Omen is building the private army of the future - a squadron of enhanced commandos that calls itself the H.A.R.D. Corps! But even with the powers of flight, telekinesis, and mind control at their command, not everyone is willing to volunteer for service...but Omen has ways of making you fight for a paycheck.
- Issue # TPB (8 months ago)
In the Golden Age of Hollywood, at the height of production of the great serial movie adventures, the most successful serial of all features a man in a Bat-suit, fighting crime and striking fear into the hearts of evildoers. But this "fiction" soon becomes a reality in this three-issue Elseworlds mini-series. Byron Wyatt is a successful actor/director/producer, whose independent film company, Gotham Pictures, creates the Batman serials based on the popular comic-book character. But Wyatt (who stars as the Batman) and his success threaten to undermine the big studio Arkham Pictures, run by mogul Jack "the Joker" Napier. After several threats from Napier fail to sway Wyatt from stopping production of the serials, Napier uses his mob connections for a more permanent solution to his problem. After the mob kills off the production crew and sets fire to the sets, they find Wyatt in costume and shoot him in the head. Only Wyatt doesn't die. When the actor regains consciousness from his near-fatal head wound, he has no memory of his true identity. Instead, he only remembers his life asâ¤|the Batman, and is consumed with a thirst for vengeance for the murder of his "friend," Byron Wyatt. Will his memory fully return before the ultimate confrontation with Napier? And if so, will he still have the fearlessness of the Batman to bring Napier down for good?
THE PRINCE OF POWER IS BACK! Hercules has been the champion of the Andromeda galaxy for over 75 years! But when an attempt to save the capitol city of Port Anteris goes awry, the Lion of Olympus is left incapacitated and needing to be looked after by his Olympic offspring. However, with a sinister plot brewing against his son's government and the threat of Galactus looming, Hercules-even in his brain-addled state- is the galaxy's only hope! VERILY, 'TIS THE MIGHTIEST HERO EVER, IN A SPECTACULAR TALE SET IN THE FAR FLUNG FUTURE, THAT THOU SHAN'T WANT TO MISS!
Would Tony Stark still be Iron Man...if he wasn't Tony Stark? Twenty years ago, in a college experiment gone bad, the young Stark's mind is transferred to the body of impoverished but brilliant fellow student, Victor von Doom! Blamed for the unsanctioned research, his memory wiped clean, Tony is deported and forced to face life as a disgraced Latverian commoner. Meanwhile, von Doom grows and flourishes in the wealth and privilege of being sole heir to tark Industries. Thus, in separate cauldrons on different sides of the world, both Iron Man and Dr. Doom are forged anew. But who are the men inside the armors...really? Find out in "WHAT IF TONY STARK HAD BECOME DR. DOOM?", co-plotted and written by David Michelinie ("IRON MAN: THE END"), pencilled by Graham Nolan ("X-MEN FOREVER") and co-plotted and inked by Bob Layton ("HERCULES: TWILIGHT OF A GOD"). PLUS, What If: The Venom Symbiote Possessed Deadpool – Part 1!
- Issue # Full (one year ago)
The life of a hero…six decades in the making. Shortly after the United States' entry into WW II the young Bart Simms, heir to an industrial fortune, makes a discovery that will change his life forever and the course of history along with it. A cache of mysterious electronic equipment hidden within his father's factory, within it a fully loaded state-of-the art computer manufactured by Angel Computers… in 1998! Loaded with schematics for technology not yet invented and records of events not yet happened, Bart sees this as his opportunity to aid the Allied war effort. Armed with weapons from the future he becomes Doctor Tomorrow, a self-proclaimed time traveler journeyed back in time to ensure history keeps to its proper course.
The secret origin of Toyo Harada, revealed at last! Witness the rise of the Valiant Universe's most powerful man as he undergoes the journey from a frightened young boy to a deadly global superpower. What molded Toyo into a would-be conqueror and what actions from his youth will return to haunt the Harbinger Foundation's future? This is the side of Toyo Harada you've never seen before!
Armstrong is a 10,000-year-old libertine who may be as strong as a battalion, but abandoned idealism millennia ago. Now he spends his days drinking, carousing and telling tales of his outrageous adventures throughout history to anyone who will listen-- that is, when he's not on the run from an ancient cult whose bumbling agents have been hunting him for two thousand years. But Armstrong counts as the worst day of all his days the one when Archer turned up and decided that they were partners a team chosen by fate to save the world.
Parapsychologist Doctor Hwen Mirage and his brazilian bombshell, kickboxing-expert wife Carmen Ruiz are in world class, stuff-of-legend love. A love so strong it transcends time, space, death, and the sorcerous power of Master Darque. But can it withstand the second life of Dr. Mirage as an insubstantial specter of necromantic energy incapable of holding, kissing or even touching his wife?
The former Charlton Heroes stand between the world and chaos when the JLA disappears! After the mysterious being called Avatar casts the Justice Leaguers, and their lunar Watchtower, to another dimension as part of his plan to eliminate the world's "warrior class," Blue Beetle, the Question, Sarge Steel, Nightshade, Peacemaker, and Judomaster unite as an elite squad of "living assault weapons" to stop him. But can even these mighty heroes stand against a foe who has harnessed the powers of Captain Atom to bend the world to his will?
At last - the landmark issue that laid the foundation for the future of the Valiant Universe, featuring the first appearance of Bloodshot! Guest-starring X-O Manowar, Archer, Shadowman, Toyo Harada, the Eternal Warrior and a cast of thousands, the next generation of Valiant heroes begins here! But just what is the Blood of Heroes? And how will it create a legacy that stretches from the modern day into the distant future?
It's the final showdown between Iron Man and Justin Hammer, by the classic creative team of Bob Layton and David Michelinie! For years Tony Stark has dueled with the hated evil industrialist, and now it's time to settle the feud once and for all! A near successful attempt on his life by the high-powered Hit Squad prompts the armored Avenger to retaliate, but who's really pulling the strings? And where the Hit Squad goes, can the Spymaster be far behind? And how do Pepper Potts, Happy Hogan and James Rhodes all fit into this tale of corporate intrigue and high-tech action? Together with the ongoing series, this all-new story (set in modern continuity) will provide you with double your monthly dose of iron!
The man-god Hercules has been banished from Mount Olympus to the farthest reaches of outer space by his father , Zeus King of the Olympian Gods (see Hercules (1982 1st Series) #1). Zeus did this in hopes that his son would learn humility. What Hercules has found is a nitch. He has found the things that make him most happy; adventure, excitement, romance, and of course battle! A beautiful and mysterious woman catches the eye of Hercules, but he soon learns that out here not everything is as it seems. Plus, back on Mount Olympus the immortal gods are systematically being murdered by...Zeus?
The Lion of Olympus has returned home. However, the lord of the Olympian gods has decreed a day of silence and peace throughout Mount Olympus. Well, Hercules was never one to sit idly by, and his signature brand of merriment and revelry soon echo throughout the halls. Enraged by his son's arrogance, Zeus banishes him to the one place that might teach even an immortal humility. Too long has Hercules dwelled among mortals so Zeus sends him out into the void of space. Out here among the countless stars he hopes Hercules will learn the lessons he himself could not teach.
Maniac, Hammerhead, Shakespeare, Superstar and Gunslinger -- brought back to life from a comatose state by Omen Enterprises with bleeding-edge technology neural implants that allow them to mimic Harbinger abilities one at a time. Their mission: to oppose the machinations of Toyo Harada and the Harbinger Foundation. Together they make up the elite of the Harbinger Active Resistance Division -- the H.A.R.D. Corps!
Meet Scott Lang, the astonishing Ant-Man! To save his daughter, Cassie, Scott is forced to return to a life of crime, stealing Hank Pym's original costumed identity. But when his noble intentions win the Avengers' approval, he takes over as the all-new Ant-Man, full-time! Electronics whiz Scott secures a job with Tony Stark, but the size-changing super hero must save Iron Man after a brutal battle with the Hulk. No shrinking violet, Scott holds his own in astonishing adventures with Spider-Man, the Thing and the Avengers. And when Ant-Man and Hawkeye join forces, somebody's gonna get it!
- Issue #Ant-Man: Scott Lang TPB (one year ago)