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Review: Book of Death #2

BOD_002_COVER-A_NORDValiant’s event story line Book Of Death continues as the Eternal Warrior faces off against his former team, Unity, and it’s awesome.

To briefly recap the previous issue, which I reviewed here, a series of unnatural disasters have been occurring in the United States where nature will suddenly attack and murder people. While some believe a new Geomancer from the future to be the source, the Eternal Warrior believes otherwise and has run off with the future Geomancer. The superhero team Unity have tracked down the Eternal Warrior and the new Geomancer to a cabin in the middle of the desert. 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!

This is, by far, my favourite event series this summer.

I say that after reading only two comics in the series, which is less than I’ve read in either Marvel’s Secret Wars or DC’s Convergence. Valiant’s Book Of Death has been fantastic thus far. I thoroughly enjoyed the first issue, and the second issue did not disappoint,  either.

Opening where Book Of Death #1 left off, we see the Eternal Warrior face off against Ninjak, X-O Manowar, Livewire and Gin-Gr, and the fight is spectacular. As much as I try and keep any spoilers from my reviews, there is a minorish spoiler here, so skip to the next paragraph if you want to go into Book Of Death #2 utterly spoiler free. That being said, the opening encounter is an excellent showcase for those unfamiliar with the skills of the man with the axe. Whilst his opponents are far from unskilled combatants, they totally underestimate their opponent. The outcome of the battle is never in doubt, and the way in which the Eternal Warrior so casually deals with Unity is a sight to behold.

Book Of Death #2 is just as worth reading as the first issue, and while you won’t necessarily need to have read the opening chapter to enjoy the first half or so of the comic, the second half will make little sense to those who haven’t read issue #1 as the second half of Book Of Death #2 moves the story on quite a bit. Robert Venditti writes some terrific dialogue during this issue, and a personal highlight was the interactions between the Eternal Warrior and the Geomancer throughout the comic.

Robert Venditti has given us two issues in what’s shaping to be one of the best miniseries of the year; and while you may think you need to have been reading Valiant before picking the series up, that’s not the case. This is a story that anyone can, and should, enjoy regardless of whether you’re a new reader of Valiant’s comics, or if you’ve been along since the beginning.

Book Of Death #2 is on sale August 19th, and I’m already counting down the days until issue #3 come out.

Story: Robert Venditti Art: Robert Gill with Doug Braithwaite
Story: 9.0 Art: 8.75 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy a FREE copy for review.

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