Eric Heisserer is a name that may be more familiar to avid moviegoers than comic book fans. He is a screenplay writer, known for the recent movie Arrival, and the 2011 movie The Thing, among others. Heisserer, who also has his hand in the Screenplays for the upcoming Sony movie, Bloodshot (release date still TBD), is no stranger to the comic book scene, having written for Darkhorse (Lone Wolf 2100 and Shaper). But it was while writing screenplays for Valiant that Heisserer fell in love with Livewire – the antagonist in Secret Weapons:
“Livewire, to me, has such a big heart. She’s such an amazing character due to her moral compass,” Heisserer said.
The government has dispatched Amanda McKee – the technopath codenamed Livewire – to investigate the ruins of a secret facility formerly run by Toyo Harada, the most powerful telepath on Earth and her former mentor. In his quest for world betterment at any cost, Harada sought out and activated many potential psiots like himself. Those who survived, but whose powers he deemed to have no value to his cause, were hidden away at this installation. But Livewire, having studied Harada’s greatest strengths and learned his deepest weaknesses, senses opportunity where he once saw failure. A young girl who can talk to birds… A boy who can make inanimate objects gently glow… To others, these are expensive disappointments. But, to Livewire, they are secret weapons…in need of a leader. Now, as a mechanized killer called Rexo seeks to draw them out, Livewire and her new team of cadets will be forced to put their powers into action…in ways they never could have imagined…
While the likes of Marvel and DC continue to churn out content, it is nice to see Valiant creating a universe that is a little less burdened with such an abundance of characters and multiverses. Don’t get me wrong, the quality content coming out, with the likes of DareDevil and the upcoming IronFist are exceptionally well made, but it can be overwhelming, either for new generations of comic book readers, or dabblers. The Valiant universe has plenty to offer, with rich, complex and flawed characters, that it does not require you to have devoured an archive of superhero facts to jump in and enjoy. Along with the likes of Faith, and Bloodshot, I think readers will fall in love with Livewire, the way Heisserer did. It is refreshing to see heroes who are not so powerful that nothing can hurt them; heroes who will need to unite and work together, using skill and tactics beyond the usual superhero fare. I’ve been a big fan of some of the recent blockbusters, though not all. But it gets to a point when it is hard to put yourself in the shoes of a billionaire genius, an alien from another world with only one weakness, or a norse God. I’m ready to see how the rejects do it. I’m ready for… Secret Weapons.
“[SECRET WEAPONS] could shake up comics… [Livewire] is the ideal character for [Heisserer] to focus on after his Academy Award-nominated ARRIVAL screenplay.” – The Hollywood Reporter
“[SECRET WEAPONS] looks amazing.” – Entertainment Weekly
“Some of [Heisserer’s] most ambitious work.” – MTV
“[Heisserer] is set to make a splash in the comic book world.” – Blastr
My advice, take hold of Livewire with both hands, and enjoy the ride. Between the storytelling ability of Eric Heiserrer and the obvious talent of Raul Allen bringing the images to life, I do not think you will be disappointed. This 4 issue series is the perfect on-ramp to the Valiant universe.
Look out for Secret Weapons #1 ($3.99) on sale June 28th from Valiant.
[Guest post by Marc Nutton]