Writer: Matt Kindt
Art: CAFU and Brian Reber
Summary from Valiant Entertainment: “A world on fire! Unity vs. The United!
A dark secret at the heart of the Unity team has led the world to the brink of global war. Only Unity and their international counterparts, The United, can broker a peace…but that might not work, seeing as how they’re trying to kill each other. All hope lies with Unity’s newest team member, who may not be able to shoulder the weight of the world!”
I first picked up Unity to satiate my hunger for more Eternal Warrior. It was the second of many, many more Valiant titles I would read, and I have been looking forward to it each month ever since.
Unity #14 did not disappoint. This issue finds Faith, the newest member of Unity, trying to come to terms with some of the other members more… violent tendencies. We also see a Fox News style debate between Gilad Anni-Padda and Bill Butler, a xenophobic political pundit who thinks Unity’s Iron Giant-like robot, GIN-GR, is a menace to society and must be destroyed.
I loved the contrast in this issue. Matt Kindt does a great job telling two stories on each page without it getting confusing. I was able to follow along as Gilad pummeled people with his axe (upsetting Faith in the process), while also seeing him justify GIN-GR’s existence and membership in Unity. If you watch the news (especially the more politically slanted news organizations) you will see exactly where Kindt got his inspiration for Bill Butler and his style of “debate.” It was just a really cool way to tell two stories at the same time, and it would not have been possible without the excellent art and layouts by CAFU (Carlos Alberto Fernandez Urbano). The upper part of each page consisted of battle sequences and flashbacks of GIN-GR proving her worth, while the lower fifth showed the Gilad/Butler debate.
While the battle/debate dichotomy was really great, and was ultimately done really well, it did take me a page or two to acclimate to what was going on. That’s not necessarily a knock on the book, because it turned out to be really neat, but it might take some adjustment for some people.
Final Say –
If you haven’t been reading Unity you will definitely need to get caught up before reading this issue; it really jumps right into the action and doesn’t let up until the last page. This book is a solid 4 and a half out of 5. If you aren’t reading it, you need to be. If you aren’t reading Valiant? Then it’s time to change your priorities.