Review: The Forgotten Queen #1
An ancient evil returns!
Long ago, the mighty generals of the Mongol Empire rode from Siberia to Carpathia and conquered all who stood in their way. Legends tell of a witch who walked with them, who could infect the hearts of any warriors in her midst with an unquenchable thirst for battle and bloodshed…a War-Monger. And now she is walking again.
Look, War Monger isn’t exactly a nice person. One could say she’s an outright villain with very little in redeeming qualities. What one cannot say is that the first issue in her solo series is devoid of quality. For despite the series focusing on the villain, the debut issue is really quite good; the story is split between the deep past and the present as we follow War Mother’s early(ish) life as it’s split with the present day where we follow a group of treasure hunters combing the depths of the ocean.
The Forgotten Queen tells the story of one of Valiant’s more underrated, though straight up, villains. From what we’ve seen of War Monger so far in the Valiant Universe, she’s a character who delights in causing chaos, claiming to be responsible for almost every major conflict in history. Last seen being dropped to the bottom of the ocean toward the of the Unity series, War Monger has been absent from the publisher’s comics for a couple of years now.
With Tini Howard setting pen to paper (or more likely tapping on a keyboard), one of Valiant’s more one dimensional characters is getting fleshed out. The first issue does it subtly, adding a gradual layer of humanity and allowing you to get a gradual understanding of the character without it being forced down your gullet, and the division of the story between the past and present flows smoothly and allows Amilcar Pinna and Ulises Arreola to flex their collective artistic muscles with sweeping vistas and vibrant colours across land and sea. Some of the facial expressions can be a little questionable, but nothing that’ll detract from the story itself.
Ultimately, this is a solid first issue, although there’s still room for the series to get better, this is still a worthy addition to your pull list – whether your a Valiant fan, or you just want a comic about a tough, sarcastic character. This isn’t a must buy, not yet, but it is worth your time and money.
Story: Tini Howard Art: Amilcar Pinna
Colours: Ulises Arreola Letters: Jeff Powel
Story: 8.3 Art: 8.2 Overall: 8.3 Recommendation: Buy
Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review