Birth of the Defiant Universe
Defiant distributed these promotional items as a part of the launch of Defiant line - Shooter's rebirth after he was excised from Valiant. An interesting experiment - and a strange arm of the Shooterverse. A cartoonish - alternate universe parallel to much of what was launched before.
The comic filled in much of what was to become the short-lived Defiant Universe - and isn't much more than a promotional item and advertisment promoting upcoming titles in the new Defiant Universe. It seems very stuck within its time - not certain if it really was trying to be supercilious or just an alternate offshoot of what was somewhat popular at the time. The women are busty and the man has swooshy hair that flows down his neck and fills much of the frame around him.
The comic was distributed - and limited to 1000 - a crazy low amount for a comic at the time - and all were signed by Shooter. It comes aboard a slick card stock and light cover over the front - with the powerful Defiant logo in the corner. Beautiful setup. And extraordinarily concept within it. Still not certain how the whole universe would fit inside of this - but a cool idea. I loved the delivery with the gloves, too. A real slap to a few - and it could be why Marvel hurried its own fake Plasmer comic.
Conflicting reports exist online as to whether or not the information was presented elsewhere - but the information while it may be duplicated in some portions - certainly is different in this book - with some dedicated parts that are specific and only included in these pages, apparently.
Most of the pages are somewhat eyewitness accounts - sort of like a whole Blair Witch concept - expressing a perspective - but carefully guiding everything that will be revealed inside of the pages later.
It also suggest forward and describes some of the stories - including two that never really came to fruition inside of the sets of the existing universe. I also liked the little peeks inside of the creators - even if much of it seemed to just extend all of the confidence of Shooter - and the differences inside of our own style. Shoks me that this is almost 25 years old now.