Itā€™s not every day you see a comic company actively want to ensure that most of their readers donā€™t get their hands on their latest comic, but thatā€™s the aim with Legends of the Geomancer, a new tie-in for Valiant Comicsā€™ upcoming Book of Death event. Huh.

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The new series, penned by Fred Van Lente with art by Juan Jose Ryp, will be released as an incentive to comic book retailers in the way variant comic covers are usually released ā€” in what is apparently a first for an actual series of comic books. Copies of each of the four issues will only be made in limited runs, and given to retailers based on their orders for the main Book of Death issues. To boot, Valiant doesnā€™t intend to even collect Legends of the Geomancer as a trade paperback after the fact, basically meaning that once the copies are out in the wild, thatā€™s all thereā€™ll be.

So why go through all this trouble to get as few people as possible to read the series? To make the contents akin to a Legend of their own, according to Valiant.

The series, a sort of origin story for the mysterious Geomancer character that will be the heart of the Book of Death story, is meant to reflect the fact that so few people in the Valiant universe actually know who she is ā€” so only a select few readers will get their hands on the Legends detailing her back story in the real world, too. Hereā€™s Valiant publisher Fred Pierce explaining the intent:

This is a little known story, the history of which is only known to a select few of the most important players in the Valiant Universe, and itā€™s telling will mirror its method of distribution. This will be a rare series that we hope fans will seek, much as they did decades ago for tales like the original ā€˜Harbingerā€™ #0.

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Honestly, itā€™s a pretty neat idea, connecting the series into the Valiant lore in a fun way and making the series special in the process. But in this era of digital comic scans being the norm, Iā€™m thinking that the Geomancerā€™s Legends may not end up being as legendarily secret as Valiant wants them to be.

[via Comic Book Resources]