Advance Review: Fallen World #1

Fallen World #1

In the year 4002, a cyborg samurai named Rai struggles to find his morality, while the nanite-filled supersoldier Bloodshot is on a mission to save the citizens of Earth. Will they work together for the greater good? All signs point to no.

If you’ve read 4001 A.D. and the final arc of Rai, then you’ll know that New Japan has fallen to Earth after a battle between Rai and Father that cost millions their lives. But if you didn’t read those comics, then it doesn’t matter; Fallen World #1 is packed to the gills with some early arc world building and explanations through judicious use of the often underrated narration boxes. The first few pages in this book feel like they were taken from a twenty year old comic – and I say this as a positive thing because Forgotten World #1 is one of the most accessible comics for newcomers to Valiant.

Written by Dan Abnett with art by Adam Polina and colours by Ulises Arreola this book represents a long awaited return to Valiant’s future timeline, and while there are some minor stumbles, over all the comic doesn’t disappoint. Fallen World #1 follows the characters from the 4001 A.D. story in their new grounded reality; Rai, Bloodshot, the Eternal Warrior, the Geomancer and other former citizens of New Japan – both human and positronic (think artificially intelligent humanoids) as they try to adapt to their new surroundings and (re)build their society.

The artistic stumbles previously mentioned largely come about in the second half of the comic in the figures and forms on the page; though I am aware that what may be a stumble for me could be your favourite moment in the comic. For me, it was only really noticeable because the rest of the book has a very high standard of quality.

As a launching point for a new miniseries, this is a really good comic. But Fallen World #1 is also a launching point for a new era of Valiant’s future time line – and it takes that challenge and [insert random sports analogy here denoting massive success]. This issue has me genuinely excited for what comes next.

Story: Dan Abnett Art: Adam Pollina
Colors: Ulises Arreola Letters: Jeff Powell
Story: 9.1 Art: 8.8 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.