Series: The Valiant
Written by: Jeff Lemire & Matt Kindt
Art by: Paolo Rivera
Publisher: Valiant Comics
I’ve been waiting for this book since The Valiant #1 hit the shelves. The previous issues have been terrific, but I had no idea how it would end. Will the combined strength of the greatest heroes of the Valiant universe be enough to save Kay, the Geomancer, from the Immortal Enemy? After millennia of fighting will Gilad, the Eternal Warrior, finally succeed in putting an end to the Immortal Enemy’s reign of terror? Is Bloodshot as big a bad-ass as he appears to be? And, most importantly, will we finally find out what’s in the box? This book answered all of these questions in a book that was a great ending to a great, universe changing miniseries.
This story was awesome from page 1 issue 1 to the end. The writing team, Jeff Lemire and Matt Kindt, put out a phenomenal story that didn’t pull any punches. They did a great job of highlighting the best aspects of some of Valiant’s most popular heroes while putting them in one of the bleakest situations I’ve seen in the current Valiant books. This story was complemented perfectly by Paulo Rivera’s fantastic art. There were some seriously epic scenes throughout this series, and the finale was no exception. His sets and fighting sequences are tremendous, but his work really shines with his characters. The Immortal Enemy is terrifying, Ninjak looks awesome, Gilad (both the bearded and unbearded versions). There isn’t a single panel in this miniseries that seemed rushed or thrown together.
Bloodshot answers the question of whether or not he’s a bad-ass with a resounding yes. The run-and-gun fight between Bloodshot and the Immortal Enemy was terrific, but his interactions with Kay in this issue show that there is more to him than just a partially invulnerable amnesiac killing machine. It also appears to have set up Lemire’s upcoming Bloodshot Reborn really well.
Surprise, this miniseries is terrific, especially if you are a fan of the Valiant universe. The only problem I have with it is that it’s finished now.
The Final Say –
This book was a great ending to a great miniseries. If you are unfamiliar with the Valiant universe this series is a great jumping on point (although I would recommend going back a reading a majority of the current stuff, it’s worth it). I give this issue, as well as the entire miniseries, a 5 out of 5. It answered all the questions it asked and provided a great story with equally as great art. Go to wherever you get your comics and buy it, or just wait for the trade paperback which will hit the stands in May.