Review: Divinity II #3
I don’t envy the position that Divinity II is in. The sequel to one of the most critically acclaimed series, it’s currently vying for you attention amidst another sequel event from Marvel, DC’s Rebirth, and Valiant‘s very own summer event 4001 A.D. (which also has a tie in comic released this week). Matt Kindt, who also wrote the first series, doesn’t seem to be aware of any of this, however, because Divinity II is absolutely smashing it.
When the Russian cosmonaut Abram Adams returned to Earth with the powers of a god after fifty years in space in the first Divinity, we were treated to a tale about a man who just wanted to be left alone to exist in peace; that hasn’t been the case with the second cosmonaut – Myshka has been the antithesis of Abram Adams with her desire to bring the now defunct Soviet Union back to power and play a much more active role in the world.
My brief summary above doesn’t do any justice to the first couple of issues, and it won’t do any justice to the comic, either. Despite the fantastical nature of Abram and Myshka’s situation, their motivations are more relateable than you’d expect.
Divinity II #3 is a spectacular comic. Not only has Matt Kindt delivered an issue that is better than the last, he is more than effective in his explanations of just how impactful the two godlike beings can be with their powers in the past, leading to some really jaw dropping moments every page or two. If you’d expect the art to lag behind the writing, think again because Trevor Hairsine, Ryan Winn and David Baron have kept pace with some gorgeous artwork. While it would obviously help if you’ve read the first or second issue (or even the first Divinity), this is a comic that stands alone as a phenomenal piece of art. The way that the some of the pages have been constructed, and how the colouring works with the layouts go beyond any hyperbolic phrases I can come up with to describe them… I’ve already claimed that this miniseries was one of the best of the year after two issues, and the third issue has just proven why.
If you’re not reading Divinity II, I genuinely feel sorry for you. You’re missing out on the best comic of the year.
Story: Matt Kindt Penciller: Trevor Hairsine
Inker: Ryan Winn Colourist: David Baron
Story: 9.5 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy
Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.