Advanced Review: Eternity #1

ETERNITY_001_COVER-A_DJURDJEVICFrom the minds of New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt and blockbuster artist Trevor Hairsine comes an expedition into the Unknown. Beyond time… Beyond space… Beyond reality itself… ETERNITY awaits!

This October, Valiant unveils a new plane of existence beyond our own and unleashes a universe of new worlds, new beings, and new myths…

There are two questions I aim to answer with this review once I’ve read the comic. The obvious, whether it’s any good, is self-explanatory; but the second, whether you need to read the Divinity trilogy in order to be able to make sense of and enjoy Eternityis asked because while this is a follow up to that trilogy Valiant are billing this as an introduction of an entirely new universe in the vein of the late, great, Jack Kirby, and I suspect that the publisher are hoping to draw a larger audience to this series.ETERNITY_001_003.jpg

Eternity #1  reunites writer Matt Kindt, artist Trevor Hairsine, inker Ryan Winn, and colorist David Baron, the same team behind Divinity, as they explore the far reaches of the cosmos – an area which, truth be told, has never really excited me, and were it not for the publisher or creative team the odds are pretty even as to whether I would have picked this book up. Had I decided not to pick this up (or had I ignored the review copy… because we all know I ignore Valiant’s comics…) then I would have missed out one hell of an artistic experience. As you can see from the preview pages here, there’s very clearly an off-world feel to the opening of the comic that, for my money, has echoes of some of Kirby’s off world work. I’m not going to compare Eternity to Kirby because while I’m aware that’s a very lofty comparison, that’s not my intent – I’ve never really read much of Kirby’s work beyond his Marvel stuff, but I have seen images here and there, and when I see pages like those in this review? The art feels as though it was inspired by Kirby, and that’s no bad thing.

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Beyond the art we come to Matt Kindt’s story. The Divinity trilogy grew from a story about one man with god like powers to an all encompassing tale that featured almost the entire Valiant universe in one form or another, and with Eternity focusing on the wider universe (the cosmos one and not the publisher’s cast of characters universe) the new chapter in the story of Divinity flows incredibly well from the closing of Divinity III. As the opening chapter of a sequel, this feels like the beginning of a suitably epic universe spanning story that will be rooted in a very human desire.

The way Kindt is able to weave both the far cosmos into a grounded and relateable tale whilst being able to make some theoretically unrelatable godlike beings very human is something to behold. Given my love and admiration of the first three Divinity books, I had some huge expectations for this series, and honestly I am shocked that  Kindt, Hairsine, Winn and Baron have been able to exceed them. There’s a reason that Divinity is so critically acclaimed – it’s time you find out why.

Story: Matt Kindt Art: Trevor Hairsine
Ink: Ryan Winn Color: David Baron

Story: 9.25 Art: 10 Overall: 9.67 Recommmendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review. And I love them for it.