While it is certainly true that there's some amazing talent doing the scripting ad art on the Valiant titles, one of the things that is clear to me is the role that editorial can have on creating successful, well-done titles.
Valiant hasn't had a misstep yet, either with titles or individual issues. Even Bloodshot, which isn't to my taste subject-wise, is an extraordinarily well-done title.
One of the great reasons for this consistency of excellence is putting together a great plan, as well as great teams, for their titles. Lack of a great plan is, to my way of thinking, why Marvel has disappointed for years and DC stumbled badly with a promising concept in the Nu52.
It's not just the storytelling that Valiant is excelling at. It's the preparation, the detailed creation of a universe. It's clear they understand the rules and the creators are living within the rules of the universe they are telling us about. It reads as though no detail is too small to be thought out in advance.
That's the way to be successful. Each month that passes, I can see Valiant catching up to become the third best-selling line in the industry. I really think they can push the big two, and I hope that they respond to that pressure in positive ways in their own lineups, reversing long trends in the other direction.