Review: Unity #24
GIN-GR, the reformed killer robot who destroyed Mexico City and rampaged through downtown Los Angeles during the Armor Hunters’ attack, has turned on her Unity teammates! As she perpetrates the world’s most unstoppable jailbreak – a head-first, guns-blazing, kamikaze flight straight into the military base that holds her one-time squad – can X-O Manowar, Livewire, Ninjak, and the Eternal Warrior stop the giant engine of destruction…while trapped inside it? And if they survive GIN-GR, all they have to look forward to is the remaining Armor Hunters attacking from all sides!
One of my favourite things about Unity that I’ve noticed over the past two (unreviewed) issues is that they don’t like each other very much. Which makes for some interesting moments.
Unity #24 is the finale of a two part sequel two the Armor Hunters story line from last year, which was before I started to follow the publisher’s comics. Although at some point I intend to read the story, that I haven’t read it yet didn’t lessen my enjoyment of issues #23 and #24 of Unity. I’ve mentioned before about how useful Valiant‘s recap pages are, and the same rings true again here; giving enough background knowledge of the relevant events leading up to the story that you’re able to enjoy this two parter.
James Asmus has written an action packed story that packs in some great one liners from the Unity team, with each character really feeling as if they’ve got their own voice. The story takes place over a relatively short time period, and the pacing reflects that, as does the art. There is an urgency to Karl Moline‘s art that lends itself well to the pacing of the story in the same way, but an over reliance on thicker inks and shadows did detract a little from the quality of the art work.
Unity #24 was an enjoyable, if not spectacular comic, and although it wasn’t quite as good as some of the other single issues from Valiant that have come out lately, it’s a great popcorn comic and one that should be enjoyable to new fans (so long as you also pick up issue #23).
Story: James Asmus Artists: Karl Moline and Mark Pennington
Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read
Valiant Provided Graphic Policy a FREE copy for review.