Artist Raul Allen and letterer Patricia Martin from Wrath of the Eternal Warrior will Heisserer on the new series. This isn’t Heisserer’s only connection to Valiant as he is also the screenwriter working on the Harbinger and Bloodshot films that are being made in collaboration with Sony.
Secret Weapons focuses on the character Amanda McKee/Livewire from the Harbinger series, seeing her seeking out other powered individuals.
“I approached [CEO] Dinesh [Shamdasani] and [Valiant editor-in-chief] Warren Simons and said, ‘Guys, I’ve got a lot of stories here for her,’” Heisserer told Vulture. “‘I see her path pretty well. I’d love to take a swing at this, writing a book that has her as the anchor.’”
The series synopsis, according to Previews World.
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 failures. 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…
Running in the 1990’s before folding as a company and then being resurrected by Shamdasani in 2012, Valiant has built up quite a history in their stories over the last five years but Heisserer hopes that the story will still be accessible and serve as a gateway into other Valiant series.
“We’ll spoon-feed what you need,” he said. “Enough, hopefully, to get you so curious to say, ‘What’re they talking about here? I should pick up another book.’”
The four-issue Secret Weapons goes on sale on June 28. Valiant has released preview art from the first issue on Twitter.