Review: Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior #11
Gilad Anni-Padda, the Eternal Warrior, has sacrificed his humanity for the betterment of the Earth. Empowered with the gift to recover from any wound – including death – he has waged an endless crusade to guide the path of civilization through the ages. But as the centuries pass and his list of battlefield victories grows, he is fated to always reap the same sad reward: to see his families, his children, and all his loved ones…age, wither, and die.
Wrath Of the Eternal Warrior, as a series, has grown on me quite a bit over the last four issues, and a lot of that is thanks to the way in which Robert Venditti is constructing the story of the Earth’s immortal guardian. If you’ve been reading from the start, then you’ll be able to appreciate the way that the story has built upon foundations laid in the very first issue – and in ever arc since.
Whether it’s the first four issues where Venditti took his time in telling us what Gilad endures, and sacrifices, to achieve resurrection each time he dies, or the slowly explained tension between Gilad and his first born son Kalam, there are seeds planted every issue or two that will inevitably bear fruit later.
But what if you haven’t been with the series from the get go? What if you’ve drawn in by the preview text that tells you that this is a brand new jumping on point (and, being the first part of a story, that’s technically true)?
Then you’re in luck; just because Venditti has been weaving plot threads throughout numerous issues doesn’t mean that this issue specifically is inaccessible for new readers. The recap page tells you (albeit with a minimum of detail) about the events that you’ve missed, and while you won’t see how idyllic Gilad’s post death life could be, or what he fought through when his son was stolen from him, you do learn enough that you can follow along with the story.
Robert Gill and Mike Spicer have taken over art duties from the team who, aside from issues 5 and 6, had handled the book since the first issue. The new direction isn’t a jarring change, though, and retains much of the same feel as the previous arc – which I’m aware may not be to everybody’s tastes, but I enjoy the style. This issue, and perhaps this arc, has a similar enough style of art that there is no jarring switch as the artistic team is changed up. You’ll notice a little shift in a how the panels are laid out, and the usage of shadow and negative space, but nothing that’ll take away from your enjoyment.
Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior #11 is a great place for new readers to start, but it’s also a comic that rewards readers who have been with the series for an issue or two. As the first part to a new arc, the comic sets up the story very well; it builds upon the themes of sacrifice, and the loss that comes with that sacrifice, that a thousand lifetimes in service to the Earth can bring a person. Based upon the first issue alone the story shows some significant promise aready, and I’m excited to see where Robert Venditti takes the character from here.
Story: Robert Venditti Art: Robert Gill Color: Mike Spicer
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy
Valiant provided Graphic Policy a FREE copy for review. I also purchased a copy.