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Review: Fallen World #5

Fallen World, #5

In Fallen World, #5, it’s all-out war between Rai and Bloodfather!

Can Bloodshot be saved from his ultimate fate?

What does the future of 4002 hold for these characters? The first answers to what comes next starts here!

Fallen World #5, written by Dan Abnett, featuring art by Adam Polina, colors by Ulises Arreola and letters by Jeff Powell is the final issue in the series that follows the events of the final issues of Rai and the 4001 A.D. miniseries. It also serves as the introduction to the new Rai series coming later this year from Abnett and Juan Jose Ryp (more on this later). .

Fallen World started off strongly, with the first three issues playing into the best the science fiction stories have to offer; racism, religion and foreign politics. But that didn’t carry into the fourth issue which felt less like great science fiction and more like a stumble in the road to greatness. It was a comic that, without the subtext and allegorical aspects, was left to stand on its artistic merits. Sadly there was enough that pulled me out of the story in terms of the art that I missed the subtleties of the previous issues.

Thankfully, the fourth issue remains the weakest in the series.

Regarding those allegories…

My love for this series is, in part, due to the analogs to our current world. There are clear problems between humans and their former slaves, the artificially intelligent positrons. This leads to some powerfully haunting moments in the first issue. The second issue introduced us to a religious sect that worship Father – or rather their idea of Father, crafted to suit their needs. It’s a series of undertones that add what all great science fiction has. That’s a powerful modern relevance despite the book being set two thousand years in the future. The third issue has added an interesting commentary on a foreign body trying to impose its will on the existent population. It’s a population that is less than thrilled with the proposition being offered by the foreign body.

From my review of Fallen World #3

Although there is a lot of combat in this comic, the overall theme is one of struggle in the face of inevitability. Now it’s possible I’m reading too much into the comic, but then what is art if you can’t interpret it in ways beyond the obvious?

With this being the finale to Fallen World the divergent plot lines all come together to some degree, though the focus is primarily on Rai and his confrontation with Father/Bloodfather, and it’s through this confrontation that Abnett discusses the inevitability of things. Surrounded by artwork that propels the story along in clean concise lines and panels inset over full page images gives the comic an epic feel and a sense of urgency that underlies the rush of the story itself.

Although the series didn’t end as strongly as it started, the was a significant upswing in terms of quality from the previous issue. Overall, as a reintroduction to Rai and the cast of the 4001 Fallen World was an unreserved success. As a standalone story? Well, as I said, it’s a great introduction to kick off the next chapter of Valiant’s future timeline.

Story: Dan Abnett Art: Adam Pollina
Colors: Ulises Arreola Letters: Jeff Powell
Story: 8.4 Art: 8.4 Overall: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

Preview: Fallen World #5 (of 5)

FALLEN WORLD #5 (of 5)

Written by DAN ABNETT
Art by ADAM POLLINA
Colors by ULISES ARREOLA
Letters by JEFF POWELL
Cover Aby ADAM POLLINA
Cover Bby HARVEY TOLIBAO
Cover C by RAÚL ALLÉN
Pre-Order Editionby DAVID MACK
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale SEPTEMBER 4th

It’s all-out war between Rai and Bloodfather!

Can Bloodshot be saved from his ultimate fate?

What does the future of 4002 hold for these characters? The first answers to what comes next starts here!

FALLEN WORLD #5 (of 5)

Exclusive Preview: Fallen World #5 (of 5)

Fallen World #5 (of 5)

Written by DAN ABNETT
Art by ADAM POLLINA
Cover A by ADAM POLLINA
Cover B by HARVEY TOLIBAO
Cover C by RAÚL ALLÉN
Pre-Order Edition Cover by DAVID MACK

It’s all-out war between Rai and Bloodfather!
Can Bloodshot be saved from his ultimate fate?
What does the future of 4002 hold for these characters? The first answers to what comes next starts here!

$3.99 | 32 pages | T+ | On Sale SEPTEMBER 4th

Fallen World #5

Review: Fallen World #4

Fallen World #4

In Fallen World #4, Rai’s greatest enemy has returned in a whole new form, and he’s got an army with him!

Can the cyborg samurai save innocent people from the powerful foe?

What roles will fan-favorite characters Eternal Warrior, Geomancer, and War Mother play in the battle?

Fallen World #4, written by Dan Abnett, featuring art by Adam Polina, colors by Ulises Arreola and letters by Jeff Powell is the penultimate issue in the series that follows the events of 4001 A.D. and War Mother. It also serves as the first time we see War Mother interact with another character from New Japan, the new Geomancer, and the Eternal Warrior.

Unfortunately, it’s also the weakest book so far in the series.

Gone are the allegories to the present day and our current struggles, replaced by an issue of combat and action that does little to provide any real excitement (which feels odd to say).

Regarding those allegories…

My love for this series is, in part, due to the analogs to our current world. There are clear problems between humans and their former slaves, the artificially intelligent positrons. This leads to some powerfully haunting moments in the first issue. The second issue introduced us to a religious sect that worship Father – or rather their idea of Father, crafted to suit their needs. It’s a series of undertones that add what all great science fiction has. That’s a powerful modern relevance despite the book being set two thousand years in the future. The third issue has added an interesting commentary on a foreign body trying to impose its will on the existent population. It’s a population that is less than thrilled with the proposition being offered by the foreign body.

From the review of Fallen World #3 I wrote last month.

Whereas the fourth issue has a throwaway line that infers people are willing to surrender far too much for the easy way out. It is a powerful line, but it’s lost amidst the rest of the issue and isn’t really revisited in any great detail, which is a shame.

Once again, the comic is split between two different plotlines; following Rai and the Eternal Warrior, the Geomancer and War Mother. Rai’s story is mostly focused on his impending confrontation with Father, and how the supporting characters try to help make such a thing a possibility in the finale of the miniseries. I’d love to say that the action of screen and the story itself are exciting, but it feels almost routine. Fallen World #4 is a by the numbers comic that is entirely at odds with the first two issues in the series – and as a person who was deeply enjoying the direction of the story, that’s a disappointing thing to say.

At this point, it would be nice to say that the diverging tale brings enough to the comic to save it, but there’s something a flatness in the way the Eternal Warrior, the Geomancer and War Mother interact; any of the emotion and humour from the previous issue seems to have drained away to be replaced with mostly forgettable dialogue (though there are highlights – for the most part it’s just “okay”).

I am aware that art is subjective, which makes talking about it tricky at times because this series has once again fallen below expectations for me. There are some wonderfully descriptive pages, and then you look at Gilad’s face and you wonder if it’s the same character that we saw last issue because he seems to have had an impromptu hair cut (which he seems to keep refreshing after every page or so), and the scars across his face have pretty much all but disappeared. Now while some of my misgivings can be attributed to the review pdf, there’s more than I can reasonably sweep under the rug.

That said, this series is still buoyed by two remarkable issues at the outset of the series, and another pretty good one right in the middle. While there has been a downward trend appearing, we’ve still got an issue left that will allow Abnett, Pollina and co to course correct for a much better finale than the fourth issue implies we’ll get. But, after a disappointing fourth issue, I’m still cautiously optimistic about the fifth.

Story: Dan Abnett Art: Adam Pollina
Colors: Ulises Arreola Letters: Jeff Powell
Story: 6.8 Art: 7.1 Overall: 7.0
Recommendation: Buy if you’ve come this far

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

Preview: Fallen World #4 (of 5)

FALLEN WORLD #4 (of 5)

Written by DAN ABNETT
Art by ADAM POLLINA
Colors by ULISES ARREOLA
Letters by JEFF POWELL
Cover A by RICK LEONARDI with DAN BROWN
Cover B by CHRISCROSS with ULISES ARREOLA
Cover C by BEN HARVEY
Pre-Order Edition by DAVID MACK
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale AUGUST 7th

Rai’s greatest enemy has returned in a whole new form, and he’s got an army with him!

Can the cyborg samurai save innocent people from the powerful foe?

What roles will fan-favorite characters Eternal Warrior, Geomancer, and War Mother play in the battle?

FALLEN WORLD #4 (of 5)

Review: Fallen World #3

Fallen World #3

In Fallen World #3, the mind-controlled Bloodshot enlists the help of the Church Fallen to further his nefarious plans!

Rai comes face-to-face with the animalistic hybrids of the Kor’Tunga clan! Can Rai stop the resurrection of Father, his greatest enemy, before it’s too late?

Fallen World #3 follows two main plot threads. The first features Rai and Noah as the pair race back to Sontaku Sector to warn them about Father’s impending return. The second finds Gilad and the Geomancer as they’re introduced to War Mother and her sentient gun. The second plot thread is one of the first times we’ve seen War Mother interact with another character from a series other than her own in Valiant’s future timeline. It makes it a momentous occasion. The meeting of War Mother, the Eternal Warrior, and the Geomancer provides some oddly humourous interactions.

The comic expands upon the denizens of the Earth in the year 4002 A.D. It reveals a little more about the state of the world beneath New Japan and their feelings about the fallen city.

Written by Dan Abnett with art by Adam Polina and colors by Ulises Arreola Fallen World #3 is a solid entry in the series. Though it’s not quite as good as the previous issue. That ultimately isn’t a huge deal given the quality of the series as a whole thus far.

My love for this series is, in part, due to the analogs to our current world. There are clear problems between humans and their former slaves, the artificially intelligent positrons. This leads to some powerfully haunting moments in the first issue. The second issue introduced us to a religious sect that worship Father – or rather their idea of Father, crafted to suit their needs. It’s a series of undertones that add what all great science fiction has. That’s a powerful modern relevance despite the book being set two thousand years in the future. The third issue has added an interesting commentary on a foreign body trying to impose its will on the existent population. It’s a population that is less than thrilled with the proposition being offered by the foreign body.

If there’s any flaw here, it’s in the presentation. As art is often subjective the issues I had with the art, minor though they are, aren’t really worth bringing up. But I will to explain what I mean. There are going to be so many people out there who love the artwork in this comic – and they’re not wrong to do so. Art’s subjective. Just because the style of this issue didn’t resonate with me, doesn’t mean that it’s bad. It’s actually technically very good; the lines are clean, the colors are vibrant and the layouts are interesting. But certain parts of the style just don’t quite work for me.

That said, this comic is still remarkable in what it achieves. Abnett and Pollina build upon everything they’ve laid out in the first two issues. Whether it’s a doubling down on the themes and commentary within the comic, or establishing the direction for the final two issues (and the inevitable confrontation between our heroes and Father), Fallen World #3 is a solid entry in the series.

Although Fallen World #3 didn’t quite grab me the same way the other two issues did, this is still a solid comic by a creative team who are for the most part firing on all cylinders. This event is shaping up to be something special.

Story: Dan Abnett Art: Adam Pollina
Colors: Ulises Arreola Letters: Jeff Powell
Story: 8.6 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Bad Weekend (Image Comics) – If you missed this story arc from Criminal in individual issues, now’s your chance to get it… plus extras!

Criminal #6 (Image Comics) – One of the best comics out today. Each issue is amazing and a must for folks who enjoy crime/noir comics or just quality.

Black Hammer/Justice League #1 (Dark Horse/DC Comics) – Jeff Lemire’s brilliant deconstruction of superheroes meets some of the original heroes.

Care Bears #1 (IDW Publishing) – The classic property get a comic series and we’re always excited to see classic kids properties see new life. More comics geared towards young kids is a good thing.

Fallen World #3 (Valiant) – Valiant consistently knocks it out of the park and this is a series that’s well worth checking out as to see why the publisher is known for quality.

Giant-Size X-Statix #1 (Marvel) – The X-Statix are back and you don’t need to know the past to enjoy this giant-size comic. Filled with humor and well worth checking out.

Ghosted in L.A. #1 (BOOM! Studios) – Sina Grace and Siobhan Keenan’s new series about a girl with undead roommates. The premise sounds fun.

Lola XOXO Vol. 3 #1 (Aspen Comics) – We’ve been fans of this series since the first volume. It’s a post-apocalyptic world that has a nice “western” feel to it.

The Magicians: Alice’s Story (BOOM! Studios) – The popular series comes to comics.

Naomi #6 (DC Comics) – The end of the “first season” of the series and if you’ve missed it, you’re missing one of the best superhero comics out there. It’s nailed the set-up and delivered on reveals. Naomi is a breakout star in the making. Don’t miss out on this entire series. Amazing writing and even better art.

Reaver #1 (Image Comics) – A new series from Justin Jordan and Rebekah Isaacs, that creative team alone has us excited. Six horrible individuals are assembled to help stop the end of the new world. It sounds like the Dirty Dozen (in half) but this creative combo has us excited to see the insanity is coming.

Second Coming #1 (AHOY Comics) – The delayed (and publisher switched) controversial series is finally out and we want to see what the buzz is all about and if it deserves the notoriaty and protests, it has.

Strangelands #1 (Humanoids/H1 Comics) – The latest entry in the Humanoids “H1” superhero comics line is an interesting concept of two individuals who cause mass destruction when they’re separated.

Unearth #1 (Image Comics) – Cullen Bunn, Kyle Strahm, and Baldemar Rivas’ new series that seems to mix horror and science for a subterranean nightmare. Bunn is a master of horror and a new series from him in that genre is one to always check out.

Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle (Ten Speed Press) – The classic protest novel gets a graphic novel adaptation. The story brings to life harsh conditions and exploited existences of immigrants in Chicago’s meatpacking industry in the early twentieth century.

Preview: Fallen World #3 (of 5)

FALLEN WORLD #3 (of 5)

Written by DAN ABNETT
Art by ADAM POLLINA
Colors by ULISES ARREOLA
Letters by JEFF POWELL
Cover A by BRETT BOOTH with ADELSO CORONA and ANDREW DALHOUSE
Cover B by FERNANDO DAGNINO with ULISES ARREOLA
Cover C by CASPER WIJNGAARD
Pre-Order Edition by DAVID MACK
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale JULY 10th

The mind-controlled Bloodshot enlists the help of the Church Fallen to further his nefarious plans!

Rai comes face-to-face with the animalistic hybrids of the Kor’Tunga clan!

Can Rai stop the resurrection of Father, his greatest enemy, before it’s too late?

FALLEN WORLD #3

Review: Fallen World #2

Get ready for Fallen World #2, the second thrilling chapter in Valiant’s explosive event series!

Rai’s creator and most dangerous foe has returned! The cyborg samurai faces an impossible challenge. Can he stop his greatest enemy from gaining even more power? 

Fallen World is series that uses the building blocks established in 2016’s 4001 A.D. and the final arc of Rai that was published concurrently. Although you can still enjoy the current series without having read the 2016 books that laid the ground work, you may very well miss the weight of some of the connections between characters (re)introduced in this issue – and possibly some of those yet to come. It isn’t the end of the world, however, to not fully grasp the intricacies of those relationships and the back story that you’ve missed if you’re starting with Fallen World. Valiant’s propensity for ensuring that new readers are able to start (almost) anywhere is on full display here, and you’ll get the bare bones of the previous events – and that’s honestly all you need.

Written by Dan Abnett with art by Adam Polina and colours by Ulises Arreola Fallen World #2 is every bit as good as the previous issue.

My love for this series is, in part, due to the analogues to our current world. There are clear problems between humans and their former slaves, the artificially intelligent positrons, leading to some powerfuly haunting moments in the first issue. The second issue introduces us to a religious sect that worship Father – or rather their idea of Father, crafted to suit their needs. It’s a series of undertones that add what all great science fiction has, and that is a powerful modern relevance despite the book being set two thousand years in the future.

In terms of the characters themselves, the plot is rather straight forward as Abnett focuses on establishing some pieces that will play out deeper into the series; the threat of Father’s new body, the possible solution to that and the end page reveal. All pieces to the tapestry that he and Pollina are weaving with the story.

My expectations were pretty high coming into the second issue, especially given how I felt about the first (as a side note, Fallen World #1 was the first comic I bought two copies of because I liked the covers – usually I buy a couple copies if one is a blank sketch variant). This issue is one of those comics that narrows down the scope and focus of the story, and ends up making the entire premise that much stronger.

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

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

Preview: Fallen World #2 (of 5)

FALLEN WORLD #2 (of 5)

Written by DAN ABNETT
Art by ADAM POLLINA
Colors by ULISES ARREOLA
Letters by JEFF POWELL
Cover A by SANFORD GREENE
Cover B by DECLAN SHALVEY
Cover C by NIK VIRELLA
Pre-Order Edition Cover by DIEGO YAPUR with ULISES ARREOLA
On sale June 5th, 2019
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | Full Color 

Get ready for the second thrilling chapter in Valiant’s explosive event series!

Rai’s creator and most dangerous foe has returned! The cyborg samurai faces an impossible challenge. Can he stop his greatest enemy from gaining even more power?

FALLEN WORLD #2 (of 5)
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