Review: Divinity II #2

DIVINITY2_002_COVER-A_DJURDJEVICJust a month after the arrival of long-lost cosmonaut Mishka, the former Soviet Union has made an impossible push to become the world’s preeminent superpower. But how? Ninjak has a theory, but it will require going undercover across enemy lines…and maybe some help from Mishka’s old comrade, Abram Adams – the god-like being known as Divinity! But can the motives of a deity among men ever truly be known…and will the return of Divinity’s former teammate rekindle his old allegiances?

I can’t understate how much I am enjoying this comic. Divinity II is the rare case in which an unasked for sequel to the first miniseries is stronger than the original.

A bold claim? Perhaps, but having read the second issue twice already it’s one I am comfortable making. Whether that’ll be the case is something we’ll find out in a couple of months when issue four hits the racks. I can’t wait.

I’m getting ahead of myself, but you can probably guess how this review will go. Minor spoilers may follow.

Divinity II #2 is really not your typical superhero comic, and were it not for the fact that this story is connected to the overall tapestry of the Valiant Universe, it’s entirely plausible that this could have been produced as a standalone series – although the use of some of the established characters is enjoyable, and yet there’s a previously unseen character’s appearance that could have wider implications in other books in the publisher’s line once Divinity II is over.

Series writer Matt Kindt reminds us just how powerful Abram Adams, the godlike character introduced in the original Divinity, is with a scene that had me shaking my head in awe at how effective it was. I’m not going to say anything specific about it, because part of the impact is going in without any fore-knowledge of the scene in question, other than this isn’t the only scene that will have you marveling at the comic as you read it.

In a summer where both DC and Marvel are putting out some heavy hitting event stories Valiant are on pace to deliver the best of them all with Divinity II. To say that I am absolutely loving this series would be a bit of an understatement; even only two issues in there has been so much to enjoy. Divinity II is reminding me why I love comics all over again, and I can’t get enough of it. 

Story: Matt Kindt Art: Trevor Hairsine
Inker: Ryan Winn Colourist: David Baron
Story: 9.25 Art: 9.25 Overall: 9.25 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review, but I read the copy I purchased.