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Review: Book Of Death: Legends Of The Geomancer #3

BOD-GEOMANCER_003_COVER_RYPBuried deep in a time long forgotten, the hero called Anni becomes history’s first observer—and warrior—for the Earth. But what happens when the Earth just wants humanity dead?

It is unlikely to come as any surprise if you’ve been reading any of the reviews I’ve written previously about this series, or the main Book Of Death miniseries, to find that I’m a bit of a fan of the event as a whole package. Book Of Death: Legends Of The Geomancer has focused on the origin of the very first geomancer, during a time before the Eternal Warrior walked the earth.

Aside from giving us the genesis of the geomancers, Book Of Death: Legends Of The Geomancer is also a fantastic story in it’s own right. Written by Fred Van Lente, the man behind the reintroduction of the geomancers in the current Valiant universe, this series features some great interactions between characters and there is another highlight in the opening pages of this comic. Juan Jose Ryp continues to provide some solidly great artwork here, as does colourist Jordie Bellaire. This is a wonderful glimpse into the chronological earliest days of the publishers timeline.

Much like verifying the truth behind any ancient story that has passed into legend, finding this print only series on the racks won’t be easy.

The reason for that, is that Book Of Death: Legends Of The Geomancer is a retailer exclusive series; in order to qualify to order this series then your Local Comic Shop needed to reach a certain preorder level on the main Book Of Death series, and there will be some retailers (like my own) who simply didn’t have the interest level or order numbers required to even qualify to bring this book in. If not for the free review copy Valiant sent to Graphic Policy, I wouldn’t have the opportunity to read this series.

If you do get a chance to read Book Of Death: Legends Of The Geomancer, then take it. It’s well worth it.

Story: Fred Van Lente Art: Juan Jose Ryp Colourist: Jordie Bellaire
Story: 8.25 Art: 9.75 Overall: 9.25 Recommendation: Buy (if you can find it)

Valiant provided Graphic Policy a FREE copy for review