Review: Divinity III: Stalinverse #2

divinity-iii_002_cover-a_djurdjevicWelcome to the year 2017…where the Soviet Union has spent decades as the world’s reigning superpower and the Iron Curtain now encircles a planet riddled with war, strife, and oppression. Freedom is a thing of the past in the Stalinverse… So why can’t Russian intelligence officer Colin King shake the feeling that something has gone terribly wrong? He’ll put his freedom and life on the line to uncover the truth… Even if that means finding out whatever happened to the long-missing cosmonaut Abram Adams – the one man who just might hold the key to unraveling the dystopian world of today…

There are few comic book series scheduled for release from any publisher that have me as excited as Valiant‘s Divinity III: Stalinverse and it’s respective tie-ins, two of which we’ve already received, and the rest of which I have no idea about because I’ve stubbornly avoided any and all solicitations regarding the series.

Although you could probably start the story here, make no mistake that this isn’t as good a jumping on point as the first issue was, because that first issue did an excellent job of establishing the new Valiant Universe, and the direction of the story, with a very grand overview. If you haven’t read it, and you want to read this, then I strongly encourage you to do so in order to get the most from this story.

Speaking of the story,  Divinity III #2, brings the grand story established in the first issue down into a much more character focused comic, which serves to bring the reader right back into the story in a slightly different manner as we get glimpses into some of the more personal motivations of some of the characters playing a role in the story. Matt Kindt clearly knows how to get you invested in his stories, although he task is made infinitely easier when the stories look as good as they do under Trevor Hairsine‘s pencils and Ryan Winn‘s inks. Although David Baron‘s colors are great throughout the comic, there’s a scene within the cold north that is a simply fantastic use of color to impart details that you would otherwise probably have over looked.

I just can’t accurately convey how awesome this comic is; the creative team are on one hell of a streak with this series, and Divinity III #2 is another brilliant chapter in what’s shaping up to be one of the best event stories of the year.

Story: Matt Kindt Art: Trevor Hairsine
Inker: Ryan Winn Colourist: David Baron
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review