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Review: Book Of Death: Legends Of The Geomancer #4

bodlog4Anni, the first Geomancer, has lived countless centuries and shepherded the Earth and her people through upheaval and disaster. Now, generations upon generations later, she finally begins the twilight of her life. The secrets of the Geomancer will not die with Anni, and the Earth must not be left without her warrior…

Book Of Death comes to a close this week, and it has honestly been one of the most entertaining events that I’ve read in a long time, Although it was billed as a good bye to Valiant‘s characters, it has been easily readable and enjoyable for new readers alike (aside from a single one shot where I wasn’t familiar enough with the characters, I was able to follow along quite easily with only minor knowledge of the characters), but one of the more interesting spin offs from the main story has been Legends Of The Geomancer.

This is, honestly, an interesting review to write. I was able to read this series because Valiant had provided review copies to Graphic Policy, but due to the retailer incentive nature of the series I know that not everybody will get the same opportunity. You see 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 were 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, so there are people who will never have the ability to read this series.

Finding this print only series on the racks won’t be easy, as according to Valiant, it won’t be collected into a trade paperback – whether that will change in the coming months or not I have no idea..

That being said, this has been a fantastic addition to the main series. The glimpse offered of the Valiant Universe of a time before The Eternal Warrior walked the earth protecting the geomancers has been fascinating and extremely enjoyable. Written by Fred Van Lente, this series has featured some terrific dialogue and characterization, and the final issue to the Legends Of The Geomancer is no exception; I really enjoyed the relationship of the three brothers here, and how their interaction . Juan Jose Ryp and Jordie Bellaire have delivered some stunning artwork from tart to finish on this series, with Jordie Bellaire‘s colours really bring the detail and smoothness to Juan Jose Ryp‘s artwork. This series has been a wonderful glimpse into the chronologically earliest days of the publishers timeline, and a story that has been superbly enjoyable.

If there is a chance for you 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

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