Review: Divinity III: Stalinverse #3

divinity-iii_003_cover-a_djurdjevic Across continents, the world bows to the oppressive and ruthless might of the global Russian regime. Former Russian intelligence officer Colin King, however, knows that this reality is not his own. With the truth on his side, Colin King is about to mount a resistance with aid of the world’s most feared undesirables…and release the classified asset known as Abram Adams from a prison guarded by the CCCP’s greatest super powers. But when Myshka — the divinely powered enforcer of the Soviet Union — comes to crush their uprising, will the man once known as Ninjak live long enough to discover the sinister reason that the Stalinverse came to be?

I’ve been trying to write an in depth  entirely spoiler free review while still actually talking about the comic in hand for nearly two days, and I realized today that I don’t think I can do it without giving too much of the issue away, which is something I’m loath to do.

So if you want to read an entirely spoiler free review, here it is: Divinity III: Stalinverse #3 is really bloody good, and didn’t feel long enough – every page of this deeply layered gem delivered a gripping story that had me flicking to the next page with gleeful abandon as the story unfolded before me. Matt Kindt and Trevor Hairsine continue to produce one of the most exciting alternate reality tales committed to comics in decades. Whether it’s in trade form or in single issues, have absolutely no doubt that you should be reading this series.

Now that the spoiler free bit is done there’s going to be spoilers from this point out. I’m going to keep trying to limit them so I don’t reveal too many story beats and take away your enjoyment of the book – no promises, though.

Divinity III: Stalinverse #3 is a great comic but it’s not going to be the place you want to start reading this series that, in all honesty, focuses more on Ninjak than it does any other Valiant character – something that I’m quite happy with, but if you’re not a fan of the character then your mileage may vary. The comic picks up from where last issue left off; with Ninjak and Harada as unlikely allies against the mysterious force that’s altered time. Although there’s a little exposition as to how said alteration happened, and welcome as that may be, the highlight of this issue is the extended action sequence between Ninjak and the Red Guard. It’s a tense sequence that just flows across the pages effortlessly until the finale of the comic – a finale that left me somewhat gobsmacked.

With only one issue left in this miniseries, I can’t wait to see how Matt Kindt is going to wrap this up (I was going to say I wasn’t sure he’d be able to, but… I’d be lying if I said I didn’t trust the man to wrap this story up with a single issue).

Story: Matt Kindt Pencils: Trevor Hairsine
Inker: Ryan Winn with Alisson Rodriguez Colourist: David Baron
Story: 9.5 Art: 9 Overall: 9.25 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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