The retro gamer nerd in me is totally thrilled June’s finally arrived! This Wednesday, Valiant rolls out the first of their 8 Bit variants with “Archer & Armstrong” #10 and “Shadowman” #7, homaging “Donkey Kong” and “Final Fantasy.”

The best part? Later this month my birthday heralds the release of my favorite Valiant series “Harbinger,” saluting a game I played all the time with my cousin Dan — “Double Dragon!”

Check out all the Valiant 8 Bit variants, also including a “X-O Manowar” homage to “Metroid” and “Bloodshot” to “Contra:”

And just for fun, a rare look at my NES shelf. Props if you can actually identify any of the items. I know the photo’s blurry, my camera phone needs an upgrade! You can’t see what’s on the top shelf — we’ll save that reveal for another day. To the right are other retro systems, none older than the first generation XBox. Keepin’ it old school in this household, yo.


I’m in the hunt for the classic NES Valiant comics from the 1990s, but they’re a bit too pricey for my blood at the moment. One day!

Valiant recently released the “Harbinger Wars: Battle for Las Vegas” 8-bit game for iOS and Android devices, where you can play as either Bloodshot or Peter Stanchek. It seriously makes me want to upgrade my phone solely to serve as a console for the game.