Thanks to @Lorcan_Nagle I received a two month subscription to Scribd last weekend. It was in response to me asking about the Valiant Universe and so far I've plowed through:
X-O Manowar vol 1-3 - Thought this was on the whole really good. The armour does seem rather overpowered at times but the story follows a nice progression and although there hasn't been any real developments with regard to how the population of earth view the mysterious armoured figure, the off world stuff has been a good romp. Looking forward to the next volumes.
Harbinger vol 1 - I stopped after the first volume as, Deadly Class aside, I have no interest in reading comics about kids. It was okay but pretty much all of the characters were dull as dishwater and I didn't care what happened to them
Bloodshot vol 1-2 - I enjoyed enough of the first trade to carry on to the next but felt it definitely went downhill and I've stopped. Art was nice but the weird talking nanite kid was stupid and the story too basic. I hear Bloodshot Reborn is good but it will a while, chronologically, until i get to it,
Ninjak vol 1 - This was one of the first Valiant books I read, no idea why, and I didn't realise it was quite so far down the chronological reading order list (I'm using this as a rough guide http://www.comicbookherald.com/valiant-comics-reading-order/) That said, I will definitely be picking this title up again when i get that point in the Valiant Universe history as I thought it was great. I love a good spy yarn. Chuck in a ninja and some cool tech as well as smart writing and good art and it's a winner.
Rai vol 1 - Another book that I read 'out of sequence' and another I will return to. It was a bit confusing and not quite as good as Ninjak or X-O but I liked the 2000 ad feel.
Archer & Armstrong vol 1-2 - Up front knowledge. I've never liked anything by Fred Van Lente. In fact, he's part of a list of high profile creators who's name on the cover actively put me off reading/buying. Anyway, I had the option to read this for free and I wanted to sample all Valiant books so took a dive in. It was definitely better than I expected. I liked the way by issue 3 it was balls deep into the action, all the main players had been established and a world shattering plot had been set up. Art was good and each character had their own distinct voice. Armstrong is a bit of a dick and I didn't like the pop out boxes that told me what fighting style Archer was using as It seemed like they were added just to be something 'cool'. Vol 2 was okay but to be honest I'm not sure if I have any desire to continue. The plot got a bit too hokey and the jokes started to fall flat and slip into the unfunny/cringey status. I might come back to vol 3 at a later date but nit right now.
Shadowman issue 1-2 - This was the only title I couldn't get through a whole trade of. It just bored me and didn;t hold my interest at all.
Next up will be X-O vol 4-5, Unity vol 1-2, Eternal Warrior vol 1 and Rai vol 2. The Armour Hunters crossover follows that which I want to skip but I'm worried the X-O and Unity issues won't make sense if I don't read the other books involved.
Oh yeah, seeing as it was on scribd I read Weapon X for the first time. I thought it was naff. Horrible re-colouring and pretty rubbish scripting from BWS. Nothing happens. He basically stretches out one scene to 150 pages! Majorly disappointed.
I then read Wild Times 1-6. As an Abnett fan I'm surprised I never bought this (it's bee on my 'to get' list since it came out). I did like it and thought there was some great characterisation amid the slow burning plot. The back matter in each issue was a really nice touch as well. Does volume 2 conclude the story?