Review: Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior #14
Gilad Anni-Padda has faced tanks, trenches, and legions many thousands strong. Now, true peace is finally within reach of the man that myth calls the Eternal Warrior… but, to claim it, he must undertake a mission beyond the grasp of any mortal soldier…and rescue the soul of his long-lost son from the underworld. But to venture into the land of death itself means suicide even for an immortal master of war… and the cruel being known as the Pale Herder intends to make sure that this time, Earth’s Fist and Steel stays dead once and for all…
The final issue of Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior is a very bitter sweet one for me because I’ve been looking forward to the issue quite a bit… but I’m less enthused that this issue is the conclusion to the series.
Although Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior may have started slower than I’d have liked coming, as it did, from Book Of Death, by the time the first arc had concluded I’d found my favourite series. Robert Venditti has written a fourteen issue run that can be read starting from any of the three story arcs, but when you read from the first through to the fourteenth issue then you’ll find even more to enjoy about the series. There are things that are said, or actions taken, that are well done if you have no prior context but when you’ve read the previous issues those very same words and actions will take on an entirely new meaning. From start to finish, the entire series has been written fantastically, and the final issue is no exception to that.
Robert Gill and Mike Spicer deliver a comic that switches effortlessly between the brutal hellscape and the battle within to the quieter moments interspersed with said battle. The comic looks as good as you want a comic to look, and despite some issues in the series having a love-it-or-leave-it style, the final issue should appeal to all those who do pick it up to varying degrees.
The fourteenth issue is a fantastic way to wrap the series up, tying up more loose ends than it leaves this issue won’t disappoint whether you read it in floppy or trade format. But make no mistake, if you’re reading the floppies, this isn’t an ideal place to start reading the series.
But it’s a fucking amazing conclusion to one of the best series of 2016. A series I’m really going to miss.
Story: Robert Venditti Art: Robert Gill Colourist: Mike Spicer
Story: 10 Art: 9 Overall: 9.75 Recommendation: Buy
Even though Valiant were kind enough to provide a FREE copy for review, I read the physical copy I picked up from my LCS.