The Valiant Universe is the shared universe of the characters originally created by Jim Shooter. There have been several different versions of the Valiant Universe published by different companies and in different continuities. The first Valiant Universe began publishing in 1991 under Voyager Communications and was known as Valiant Comics. The company was acquired by Acclaim Entertainment in 1994, and all Valiant titles were canceled, revamped, and relaunched as Acclaim Comics, the second Universe to host the Valiant characters, in 1996. When Acclaim went out of business, the rights to the Valiant Universe, its locations, and its characters were picked up and rebooted by Valiant Entertainment in 2012, resulting in the third (and ongoing) version of the Valiant Universe. A new division was launched alongside the ongoing Universe in 2017, which ushered in two new versions of the Valiant Universe: one was a comiXology-exclusive reimagining of the Valiant Universe published as Valiant Digital Firsts, and the other, in partnership with Bat in the Sun, is a live-action webseries called Ninjak Vs. The Valiant Universe.
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- The term "Valiant Universe" is generally used as a catch-all to describe the history of Valiant media.
- A shared continuity is what divides one Valiant Universe from another.
- According to the comic book collector's consensus, there are 6 universes in the Valiant Multiverse:
- VH-1 for "Valiant Heroes One" published from 1991–1994 as Valiant Comics;
- VH-2 for "Valiant Heroes Two" published from 1996–2002 as Acclaim Comics; and
- VEI for "Valiant Entertainment, Inc." published 2012–present as Valiant Entertainment. Additions include
- VDF for "Valiant Digital Firsts" published 2017
- NVU for "Ninjak Vs. The Valiant Universe" released in late 2017
- VCU for "Valiant Cinematic Universe"
- Multiple forms of media may be produced and still take place in the same continuity, and, therefore, in the same Valiant Universe. For example...
- During the early 90s, Valiant Comics (through licenses with a major trading card manufacturer) produced a number of trading card sets and promotional cards to highlight the comics and characters of the Valiant Universe being produced at the time. The trading cards were simply another medium for the same characters, teams, events, continuity, etc., so the cards are a part of the Valiant Comics Universe.
- Other examples are the crossover video game and its comic book adaptation X-O Manowar/Iron Man in Heavy Metal which take place in and is a cannon addition to the Acclaim Comics Universe, as are the Shadow Man, Shadow Man: 2econd Coming, Turok: Dinosaur Hunter, and Armorines: Project S.W.A.R.M. video games, which also roughly take place in the same Acclaim Comics Universe.
- Additions to the Valiant Entertainment Universe include the QR Voice Variants, audio dramas, and Valiant Universe handbooks.
There are some versions of the Valiant Universe that, for one reason or other, aren't considered their own Universes.
- The Prime Universe featured in Unity 2000 by Jim Shooter (dubbed the VH-0 by fans as a tribute to the shorthand for the other two Universes of the day) could be considered its own Valiant Universe, but because of how short-lived it was (only three of the planned six issues were released) these events fall under the umbrella of the era's Universe, the Acclaim Comics Universe.
- The Darque Future warned about and flashforwarded to in the Book of Death could also be considered its own Valiant Universe, but because of the fact that very little is shown of or know about this alternative timeline (as it is only mentioned in four issues) these events fall under the umbrella of the era's Universe, the Valiant Entertainment Universe.
- The Stalinverse Timeline from Divinity III has what is arguably the most compelling argument to be its own Valiant Universe, but because of how the timeline was erased and was forgotten (and only appeared in eight issues) these events fall under the umbrella of the era's Universe, the Valiant Entertainment Universe.
Valiant Entertainment Timeline
Taken from the most recent Valiant Universe Handbook (2019).
From EONS AGO to THE END OF TIME.
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