Review: The Valiant #1
The Eternal Warrior has protected the Earth for more than 10,000 years. A master of countless weapons and long forgotten martial arts, he is guided by the Geomancers – those who speak for the Earth. During his long watch, the Eternal Warrior has failed three times. Each time, the Geomancer was killed…and a new dark age for humanity began. Each time, he was unable to stop The Immortal Enemy – a monstrous force of nature. A civilization killer. A horror that appears differently each time it arrives…and whose seemingly only purpose is to bring disorder and darkness to the world. Now, the time has come for The Immortal Enemy to return once more. But, this time, the Eternal Warrior will be ready. This time, he has a force greater than any single warrior. This time, he has…The Valiant.
Normally when I hear about events from a company or even big deal limited series, I tend to role my eyes. Recently, the majority of these have been lackluster and don’t live up to hype. The exception is anything done by Valiant, whose events and limited series (like this one) are not only organic, but enhance the greater world. It’s a company who really thinks through how things connect, not forcing anything, and it shows.
The Valiant seems to be a continuation of that. It again brings together some of the bigger characters of the Valiant universe, and focuses on the mysterious Geomancer, a rather new individual to the role. The first issue jumps through time from the Eternal Warrior’s perspective showing us his failures over and over setting up what’s to come and having us the reader actually question whether he’ll succeed in his role as the protector of the Geomancer. I honestly don’t know if the good guys will completely succeed here, and sowing that doubt is a success by the writers.
As expected, the art is solid for the first issue, continuing the company’s success in matching talented artists with writers to give us beautiful comics to look at, and fun stories to read.
The Valiant hits in December, and this is a four issue limited series that’s perfect for folks who might want to see the style of comic that Valiant has to offer. Here’s looking forward to see where it goes and what Valiant has in store next!
Story: Jeff Lemire and Matt Kindt Art: Paolo Rivera
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy
Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review