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Underrated: Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior.



wotewJust under a year and a half aog, Valiant Entertainment released a deluxe hardcover edition collecting the entire 14 issue run of Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior along with Eternal Warrior: Awakening #1. Fifteen comics presented in an over-sized hardcover along with 20 odd pages of bonus extras that add a lot for  those interested in the process of the creation of the series, all for $49.99. And yes, I did buy this myself (and happily so) despite having access to the review copies and single issues I had picked up when released.

This series remains one of my all time favourites, so getting a chance to read it all in one spot was something I couldn’t pass up.

But despite this being one of my all time greats, it wasn’t until about the midway point that I fell for the series. Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior didn’t start out as a series that wowed me. The first four issues seemed to struggle with pacing and the art style, especially given the series billing as a follow-up to the explosively exciting Book Of Death miniseries that (spoiler) ended in the Eternal Warrior’s death. It’s that death, and those that follow, that form the crux of the series, but without the first four issues you don’t realize the toll taken on the Eternal Warrior with each death and resurrection cycle. The comics that I felt struggled with pacing quickly became some of the most important ground-setting in modern comics – a lesson that I took to heart, and quickly so.

Comics, like all stories, need time to breath.

It would also be fair to say that the art team of Raul Allen and Patricia Martin were not immediately to my taste. In furtherance to that, it would also be fair to say that my taste quickly changed as the series progressed and the elegance and artistic genius of the husband and wife team gave me a new appreciation of the majesty of sequential art.  There are other artists who contribute to the series, all with a fantastic level of talent; it’s these contributions that give the series the honour of being one of the most visually stunning and diverse pieces of sequential art published by Valiant.

Robert Venditti has written some incredible comics in his time, but one of the finest examples of his work comes in the fourteen issue run of Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior. Taking you on a journey through history,  across continents and beyond death, Venditti weaves an incredibly deep tale that reveals a different layer upon each subsequent reading.

It’s also violent as all hell in places, which should satisfy the need we have for a bit of blood and conflict in our comics, but there’s also a deep emotional story here that cannot – and should not – go ignored. The Eternal Warrior is an ancient being, and his life has not always been sunshine and roses – but he still picks himself up and dusts himself off.

Isn’t there a saying that’s roughly it isn’t how many times we fall, but how many times we pick ourselves up?

Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior is a fantastic series, and I envy those of you who get to read the entire thing in one sitting; the deluxe hardcover is worth picking up for that series alone, which is why I haven’t mentioned Eternal Warrior: Awakening at any point in this week’s column because that’s the cherry on top of the fantastic main course. Mixed metaphors aside, Awakening is another really good comic, and serves as another nice bonus for those who buy the collection.

I’ll  make no secret of my abject love for this series, indeed the fact I own both the individual issues and the deluxe hardcover when I also have access to the review copies should hopefully speak volumes to that love. It’s a love that I genuinely believe you’ll share when you give the series a chance – it’s an underrated gem.


Join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

Review: Rai #5

RAI #5

Rai and the Eternal Warrior fight in a bloody war against Bloodfather’s forces in the battle for Hope Springs in Rai #5.

I absolutely loved the first issue of the current volume of Rai. I was quite taken with the second issue, as well as the third and fourth. After how much I loved Fallen World, I wasn’t expecting to enjoy Rai as much as I have. Every issue has been near perfection. The theme of the series is the inclusion of technology in our lives and the potential future we face.

One could argue I’m reading too much into the comics, but I’d like to counter that. After all, what a reader takes from a book can be different depending on their perspectives.

The core concept of the series is that Rai and his younger brother figure who is also an older model android, Raijin, are searching for Offspirng. Not the band, but rather pieces of artificially intelligent code that when returned to Bloodfather will make him nigh unstoppable. Each issue centers around Rai and Raijin and their search for more Offspring. With that search, Dan Abnett is able to expand upon the world of 4002 A.D..

Rai #5 deals with the brutality of Bloodfather’s attack on Hope Springs. It’s a confrontation that’s designed to show how effective Juan Jose Ryp is in depicting a bloody fight. The artist is fantastic here as he captures the rage and desperation on the faces of the defenders. Andrew Dalhouse gives vibrancy to Ryp’s detailed artwork. His brighter colors are often at odds with the violence on the page in a glorious dichotomy. Severed limbs have never quite looked so pretty.

There’s more to this book than abject violence, though. Abnett waits for the majority of the fighting to be done to hit you with an unexpected combination of reveals that will leave you thinking about the book for hours. I’m not going to say anything more about that here, but rest assured the creative team have delivered another seminal comic book about a half android samurai.

Like last issue, there were a couple of minor blips for me this issue, primarily around the Eternal Warrior’s beard, but again they’re so inconsequential in the long run that I’m not factoring them in with the overall visual experience. What bothers me may not even register for you, and ultimately it doesn’t impact the quality of the comic.

I said about Rai #5 that “at this point, if I could only read one comic a month, then it would be Rai.” The same is every bit as true with this issue. Rai is easily the book I look forward to most each month.

Writer: Dan Abnett Artist: Juan Jose Ryp
Colorist: Andrew Dalhouse Letter: Dave Sharpe

Story: 9.8 Art: 9.8 Overall: 9.8 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Avengers of the Wastelands #3 (of 5)

Avengers of the Wastelands #3 (of 5)

(W) Ed Brisson (A) Jonas Scharf (CA) Juan Jose Ryp
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 11, 2020
SRP: $3.99

A FULL MOON RISES ON THE WASTELANDS!

• The AVENGERS have assembled!
• But so has BARON BLOOD and his legion of vampires!
• The saga continues with more revelations and a SURPRISE reappearance of a hero of the Wastelands to guide the new team!

Avengers of the Wastelands #3 (of 5)

Preview: RAI #5

RAI #5

Written by DAN ABNETT
Art by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by RAMÓN F. BACHS
Cover B by MIGUEL SEPULVEDA
Cover C by ADAM POLLINA
Preorder Cover by JASON METCALF
On sale MARCH 11 | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

Rai and the Eternal Warrior fight in a bloody war against Bloodfather’s forces in the battle for Hope Springs.

RAI #5

Exclusive Preview: RAI #5

We’ve got an exclusive early look at RAI #5, which ends the first arc! If you haven’t been reading the series, you’ve been missing out one of the best comics out today.

RAI and Bloodshot editor Lysa Hawkins hints as to what’s to come!

Everyone should be excited for RAI #5. It answers the question that has weighed heavily though-out the last four issues. What will become of Rai and Raijin after they succeed in their mission? And what will be revealed will make the little hairs on your arms stand straight up. Although it’s the end of the first arc, as always the story written artfully by Dan Abnett allows new readers to join in on the fun.”

RAI #5 makes its way to shops on March 11, 2020 and is written by Dan Abnett with art by Juan Jose Ryp.

Preview: Strikeforce #7

Strikeforce #7

(W) Tini Howard (A) German Peralta (CA) Juan Jose Ryp
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 04, 2020
SRP: $3.99

SHOWDOWN ON DEADPOOL’S MONSTER ISLAND!

There are still hundreds of shape-shifting Vridai sneaking their way through Midgard – and Strikeforce is the only team that can recognize them. But when Blade and his team go hunting on King Deadpool’s Monster Island, they’ll find the worst monsters of all may be the ones in the mirror!

Strikeforce #7

Preview: Avengers of the Wastelands #2 (of 5)

Avengers of the Wastelands #2 (of 5)

(W) Ed Brisson (A) Jonas Scharf (CA) Juan Jose Ryp
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 26, 2020
SRP: $3.99

HUNTING FOR DOOM!

• DANI/THOR, DWIGHT/ANT-MAN, and HULK, JR. set off on a quest to save the Wastelands from DR. DOOM’s reign of terror!
• But can they succeed where OLD MAN LOGAN left off?
• And what does the return of CAPTAIN AMERICA herald for the team?

Avengers of the Wastelands #2 (of 5)

Preview: X-O Manowar Deluxe Edition Book 2

X-O MANOWAR DELUXE EDITION BOOK 2

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TREVOR HAIRSINE, JUAN JOSÉ RYP, and TOMÁS GIORELLO
Cover Art by Viktor Kalvachev
On sale FEBRUARY 19 | 304 pages, full color | $49.99 US | T+ HARDCOVER | ISBN: 978-1-68215-348-2

From barbarian…to agent…to hero!

New York Times bestselling writer Matt Kindt (HARBINGER WARS 2, Mind MGMT) and blockbuster artists Trevor Hairsine (ETERNITY), Juan José Ryp (BRITANNIA), and Tomás Giorello (NINJA-K) come together for a thrilling melee of blood and steely-eyed daring right here in a deluxe edition hardcover collecting the next epic chapter of the Eisner Award-nominated run of X-O MANOWAR!

Collecting X-O MANOWAR (2017) #15-26 along with 20+ pages of rarely seen designs, process art, and behind-the-scenes extras in a must-own, oversized hardcover edition of the series CBR calls, “stunning”!

X-O MANOWAR DELUXE EDITION BOOK 2

Review: Rai #4

Rai #4

In Rai #4, Rai’s quest to rid the world of his nemesis puts him on a collision course with one of his closest allies: The Eternal Warrior!

I absolutely loved the first issue of the current volume of Rai. I was quite taken with the second issue, too. Hoping I’d enjoy this series after how much I loved Fallen World, I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it as much as I have. Although it follows on from Fallen World’s events Rai can be read entirely separate from the miniseries. The overarching plot has Rai and Raijin searching for Offspirng. It’s pieces of code or AI that when returned to Father will make him nigh unstoppable.

A hallmark of the series so far has been presenting a question within the story for readers. The first issue explored the evolution of machines and what it means to be human. The second issue asked us to rethink how we take for granted the limited AI devices in our lives and how they could work toward sentience. The third issue was full of allegories for online privacy. The fourth issue tells us to rethink how we treat others, and whether a machine is nothing but a tool. Dan Abnett also touches on the nature of evil; is it something you do or something you are? Do you deserve to be judged on what might happen or what will happen?

After an issue story that played heavily into online privacy and consent, with a comatose Rai being forced into a conversation with somebody who had hacked his operating system, you could expect Abnett to give you a bit of a break this issue. And he does. Kinda. If you don’t pay attention to the undertones of Rai #4. If you want to gloss over the unspoken questions then you’ll still find a fun comic. The depths add an interesting layer to a story that is the best thing I’ve read since the previous issue.

I will never make any secret of the fact I am a big fan of the Eternal Warrior. I always enjoy seeing him in the various time periods that Valiant has shown him in across the years. Seeing him teased in the pages of the previous issues had me anticipating how he’d end up returning. I’ve got to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the character’s return, and the verbal sparring between the Eternal Warrior and Rai only serves to underline what Abnett is asking in a very natural and organic conversation.

Rai #4 once again has Juan Jose Ryp providing the artwork with Andrew Dalhouse and Dave Sharpe on colors and letters respectively. It’s hard to talk about how great this book is without heaping praise on the artists that work on it, but truthfully the team met every expectation that I had for them once again. Ryp has had to draw flying cars, dinosaurs, and a perfect house so far in this book among other elements that we haven’t conceived of yet, and each and every page has been fresh and exciting.

There were a couple of minor blips for me this issue, primarily around the Eternal Warrior’s beard, but they’re so inconsequential in the long run that I’m not factoring them in with the overall visual experience. Especially since it’s something most of you probably won’t even be bothered by. No, honestly I have no objective complaints about either the art or the writing in this book.

At this point, if I could only read one comic a month, then it would be Rai.

Writer: Dan Abnett Artist: Juan Jose Ryp
Colorist: Andrew Dalhouse Letter: Dave Sharpe

Story: 9.8 Art: 9.8 Overall: 9.8 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Rai #4

RAI #4

Written by DAN ABNETT
Art by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by KAEL NGU
Cover B by SIMON BISLEY
Cover C by ADAM POLLINA
Pre-Order Edition Cover by ADAM GORHAM
On sale FEBRUARY 12 | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

Rai’s quest to rid the world of his nemesis puts him on a collision course with one of his closest allies: The Eternal Warrior!

RAI #4
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