(W) Jim Zub (A) Robert Gill (CA) Stonehouse Rated T+ In Shops: Jan 08, 2020 SRP: $3.99
THOR’S MIGHTY PREQUEL TO THE UPCOMING VIDEO GAME, MARVEL’S AVENGERS!
The adventure leading to MARVEL’S AVENGERS continues, with an all-new story leading directly into the events of the highly anticipated video game! When the GOD OF THUNDER uses his mighty Mjolnir to aid TONY STARK, a.k.a. IRON MAN, with his latest experiment, why does this lead to an unexpected Asgardian encounter…and a one-on-one battle between THOR and the green gamma goliath known as THE HULK?! Is all as it seems, or is an ancient enemy planting seeds of distrust that will bloom into the disassembling of the AVENGERS?!
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.
Just 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.
Written by CULLEN BUNN, PETER MILLIGAN Art by ADAM GORHAM, ROBERT GILL Cover by DAN BRERETON $14.99 | 144 pages | T+ | On Sale OCTOBER 23rd
In her first-ever solo series, hard-living voodoo priestess Punk Mambo investigates a series of abductions in the New Orleans gutter punk scene, stumbling upon a deadlier mystery that takes her to the haunted shores of Haiti.
From writer Cullen Bunn (Venom) and artist Adam Gorham (New Mutants: Dead Souls) comes this hilariously horrifying breakout adventure for Valiant’s fan-favorite mystic malcontent.
Collecting the complete PUNK MAMBO five-issue limited series, along with PUNK MAMBO #0 from writer Peter Milligan and artist Robert Gill.
Written by PETER MILLIGAN Art by JUAN JOSÉ RYP, ROBERT GILL, RYAN LEE, ROBERTO DE LA TORRE, JUAN CASTRO, BRIAN THIES Colors by JORDIE BELLAIRE,FRANKIE D’ARMATA,JOSÉ VILLARRUBIA, DIEGO RODRIGUEZ, ANDREW DALHOUSE Letters by DAVE SHARPE Coverby DAVE JOHNSON $49.99 | 320 pgs. | T+ | On sale JULY 31st | HARDCOVER | ISBN: 978-1-68215-320-8
On the fringes of civilization, the world’s first detective is about to make an unholy discovery.
In the remote outpost of Britannia, Antonius Axia – the First Detective – will become Rome’s only hope to reassert control over the empire’s most barbaric frontier…and keep the monsters that bridge the line between myth and mystery at bay.
Collecting BRITANNIA #1–4, BRITANNIA: WE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE #1–4, and BRITANNIA: LOST EAGLES OF ROME #1–4, along with over 20+ pages of rarely seen art and extras!
(W) Ethan Sacks (A) Robert Gill (CA) John Tyler Christopher Parental Advisory In Shops: Jul 03, 2019 SRP: $3.99
THE SHOCKING SECRET BEHIND QUILL’S QUEST REVEALED! QUILL has made it to the BAXTER BUILDING… but with the hidden weapon in reach, a shocking secret will turn the quest on its head! This is the issue everyone will be talking about – the biggest surprise in the WASTELANDS universe since WOLVERINE’s tragic encounter in OLD MAN LOGAN. DO NOT MISS IT!
We’re going back to early 2018 to revisit an old column this week, because I recently reread the book and forgot just how much I liked it.
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: Ivar, Timewalker
My comic shop recently got the deluxe hardcover edition of Valiant’s Ivar, Timewalker in on a special order for yours truly, which collects the entire twelve issue run in one place for $40. You can also pick up the series in three softcover trade paperbacks, if you’re so inclined, but I’ve become partial to the oversized hardcovers (especially because of the bonus material in the back, but then I love that stuff). I had already read the final four issues of the series long before I started reading the hardcover, which some would think would be foolish, but when you’re reading a book about time travel then it suddenly becomes less foolish.
In order to give you a bit of context, you’ll find the preview text for the series below.
“At this very moment in Geneva, Switzerland, history is being made. A thousand meters underground inside the Large Hadron Collider, researcher Neela Sethi is about to discover time travel – and jeopardize her life in the process. But she doesn’t know that yet. Ten minutes from now, every deadbeat chrononaut, wannabe conqueror, and misguided protector of the timestream will be banging down her door. Good thing that the legendary Ivar, Timewalker, got there first…right? Now it’s down to history’s most jaded, most tempestuous time traveler to stop the worst of everything that is, was, and will be…before time runs out!“
The series was written by Fred Van Lente, who was joined by Pere Perez, Francis Portella and Clayton Henry with Robert Gill, the first issue being released in January 2015, with the final issue coming in December of that year. The twelve issue series is one of the more underrated offerings from Valiant Entertainment, as many people don’t tend to think about Ivar, Timewalker when talking about the great comics to have come from this publisher – myself included.
As a story about time travel, Ivar, Timewalker is a series that rewards multiple readings – indeed, you could reasonably start at the beginning of any of the three arcs within the series, though this is admittedly more difficult to do with the deluxe edition than the single issues or the trades. Van Lente put together a story that will leave you with as many questions as it will provide answers with an intelligent script that effortlessly blends a heartbreaking story of loss, hope and determination with a sly wit that will have you laughing out loud more often than you would expect in a series that, technically, isn’t a comedy.
Time travel, and effects travelers can have on history are touched on, and often provide some interesting flashes to a story that at its heart is a tale of two incredibly different people; Ivar himself, and Neela Sethi – the scientist who will invent time travel. For as fantastical as the scenery is in this series (and thanks to the artists, it truly is phenomenal), the true draw is the relationship between the two leads.
And that relationship is why you need to read this wonderful story at least twice. I didn’t realize how good this book was when I first read it, and I dare say it’ll only get better with time. Pardon the pun.
Time travel has never been so wonderful.
Join us next week where there will doubtless be another movie, series, comic or comic related thing discussed that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.
(W) Ethan Sacks (A) Robert Gill (CA) John Tyler Christopher Parental Advisory In Shops: May 15, 2019 SRP: $3.99
GLADIATOR CLOSES IN! • PETER QUILL and the GUARDIANS’ good deeds across the Wastelands are starting to gain them a following… • …which isn’t as good as it sounds as GLADIATOR and his advance team from the UNIVERSAL CHURCH OF TRUTH close in! • But it’ll all be for nothing if Quill can’t escape from the MADROX gang!
(W) Ethan Sacks (A) Robert Gill (CA) John Tyler Christopher Rated T In Shops: Mar 13, 2019 SRP: $3.99
BACK IN THE SADDLE! • PETER QUILL and the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY make their way through the WASTELANDS! • But even as they try to help the Earth’s downtrodden…the shadow of DOOM hangs over their every move! • Their only hope…a valuable weapon that may or may not have been forgotten on Earth…
(W) Ethan Sacks (A) Robert Gill (CA) John Tyler Christopher Parental Advisory In Shops: Feb 20, 2019 SRP: $3.99
IN THE COURT OF THE CRIMSON KING! • PETER QUILL returns to Earth…but a lot has changed since he was last there. • As Peter reacquaints himself with the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, he’ll find it’s difficult to pick up where he left off. • But they’ll have to figure it out quick, as A DEADLY ENEMY is closing in… • And: What happened to the AVENGERS?
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