Series: Book of Death
Writer: Robert Venditti
Artist: Robert Gill and Doug Braithwaite
Summary from Comixology:
A new dark age of the Valiant Universe draws nearer as the events foretold in the Geomancer’s BOOK OF DEATH unfold!
Convinced the unnatural disasters tearing our world apart are a direct result of the new Geomancer’s arrival, the combined forces of the Valiant Universe are forced to confront the Eternal Warrior about his new charge. But to prevent civilization from falling into a new Dark Age, the Eternal Warrior won’t go down without a fight! Valiant architect Robert Venditti (X-O MANOWAR) and rising star Robert Gill (ARMOR HUNTERS: HARBINGER) bring you the next chapter in the summer blockbuster that promises to alter the Valiant Universe as you know it! Plus: new visions of the future that awaits – illustrated by superstar artist Doug Braithwaite (IMPERIUM)!
As I said in my review of the first issue of Book of Death, I approached this comic event with a sense of optimistic skepticism. I was worried that, like most events, it might seem a little contrived, BUT… I was so incredibly wrong. After reading Book of Death #1, I could tell that Venditti was setting up something exciting, and the first few pages of the second issue proved that to be 100% true.
Book of Death #2 is about as close to perfection as a comic book can get. Robert Venditti is a magnificent writer and his skills are on full display here. Book of Death #1 ended with Gilad, the Eternal Warrior and protector of the Geomancer, squaring off against his former teammates in Unity (X-O Manowar, Ninjak, Livewire, and GIN-GR). The second issue dives right into that fight, and one of the coolest fight scenes I’ve seen in a Valiant comic… or any comic for that matter. The art by Robert Gill and Doug Braithwaite is just beautiful. The fight sequence between Gilad and Unity is nothing short of fantastic, and it was easy to follow the action from panel to panel. When the story shifts into the Book of Death prophecy the tone of the art also shifts, and it’s beautifully done.
As you can imagine with a title like “Book of Death,” this series is pretty dark, with this issue’s prophesy being particularly brutal. Kudos to Robert Venditti for putting together such an interesting story. I also like that Venditti really seems to get the characters he’s writing. His Eternal Warrior is nothing short of badass. As a matter of fact, I am not sure I have seen Gilad written any better than he was in this issue, which makes me really excited to see what Venditti has planned for the upcoming Wrath of the Eternal Warrior series. His tactical experience from thousands of battles over thousands of years is on full display.
I am really excited to see where this series is going. Book of Death, Legends of the Geomancer, and the Fall of Bloodshot have all been absolutely fantastic and I am looking forward to everything else this event has to offer. Valiant has proven before that their crossover event game is strong, but with Book of Death they are putting out some of the best books on the market. Head on down to your local comic shop and pick up everything you possibly can with the Valiant logo on it – you won’t regret it.