Series: The Valiant
Writer: Jeff Lemire and Matt Kindt
Art: Paolo Rivera
Summary from Comixology: “From comic book superstars Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt, and Paolo Rivera – the year’s most epic new adventure ratchets up the stakes as Bloodshot is drafted into the eons-old war against mankind’s oldest, darkest enemy! The Immortal Enemy has crawled out from the black depths of history to destroy this generation’s Geomancer and send Earth back to the Dark Ages! Now…the Eternal Warrior, Ninjak, and Kay McHenry must overcome their worst nightmares before the unlikeliest of white knights rides in to save the day. Will he be enough to battle back the unyielding evil that threatens to plunge the Valiant Universe into the darkness?”
Like my fellow 4LN writer/good pal Cameron, I’ve recently gotten into Valiant Comics. Our friend, and favorite comic shop guy, Steve tried to get us into their books for months and we just never really bit. Eventually I picked up the first Bloodshot trade and Cam added Eternal Warrior to his pull list. Then we began to discover the other series, and I feel safe speaking for both of us when I say… we are most certainly on-board the Valiant Train.
Enter: The Valiant series. To clarify for those of you uninitiated, Valiant is the name of the publisher, and this is a current, 4-issue limited series they are running called “The Valiant”.
I’m a huge fan of what Jeff Lemire did with Animal Man over at DC, so I was pretty pumped when I heard he was going to be working on some Valiant series. The way he and Matt Kindt bring all these great Valiant characters together in this series is really exciting and I this issue in particular was really fun and dark.
One of the things that drew me too Lemire’s Animal Man run was how dark and creepy it is. This issue reminded so much of that. The villain, known as The Immortal Enemy, has the ability to take on the appearance of your greatest fear. Jeff and Matt perfectly blend their comic-writing specialties here. Lemire with the (previously mentioned) dark & creepy, and Kindt with his knack for writing action. It’s rare that comic capture these two styles. Normal it’s one or the other, with *maybe* some humor incorporated. I’m leery about using the term “horror” when talking about The Valiant because it’s not really a horror book. However, Lemire’s style is very much horror-influenced and that shows through here a lot. Also, Kindt can really capture tension well, and that’s something that really makes this issue stand out as well.
The artwork is wonderful, especially the panels depicting the Immortal Enemy. He literally makes my skin crawl. Rivera is proving that he’s a master of his craft on this series.
No “Lows”. Couldn’t find a damn thing I didn’t like about it.
The Final Say –
Valiant Comics has been stepping up the game for a few years, and now they’re poised to make the biggest impact they ever have. The Valiant is a huge step in them moving to the next level, and I’m confident this series is only the tip of the iceberg on what they have in-store for us ahead. I’m giving The Valiant #2 4 out of 5 stars. It perfectly continues the adventure set up in the first issue and gets you really excited to see where the next two take us. If you haven’t picked it up already, head out to your local comic shop and grab a copy today!
Music Pairing –
If you’re so inclined, I feel like you could pair reading this comic with the newest Down release “Down IV – Part II“. Down perfectly blends groovy riffs with dark, heavy sludge. For me, it was a great partner to The Valiant #2.