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Review: The Visitor #6

The Visitor #6

The Visitor pulls the trigger on tomorrow once and for all in the epic finale in The Visitor #6!

I’m sure the huge gap between the 4th and 5th issues hasn’t done The Visitor any favors at all. Before the pandemic shut things down, I recall enjoying the first five issues about as much as I would a lukewarm curry (believe it or not I don’t mind lukewarm curry – it still tastes just as good – but I’d much prefer it hot); unfortunately, the gap between issues has really sucked any momentum from the series. I couldn’t quite put my finger on what was going on when I read issue five, but with the final issue in the miniseries, I realize that I’ve become somewhat indifferent to the Visitor and his quest.

The Visitor #6 is written by Paul Levitz and features artist MJ Kim, colorist Ulises Arreola, and letterer Simon Bowland, and finds the Visitor and his new ally Agent Dauber trying to stop the malicious program from being created – for fans of Rai, it’s a nice nod to the origins of Father, though I feel the reveal of Dr. Silk as one of New Japan’s architects was stunningly underwhelming (not that I wasn’t surprised, because I had no idea, but because the reveal came from nowhere and if you haven’t been reading Valiant for sometime, then it will mean next to nothing to you). honestly at this point it felt like the story was written hastily to reveal that tidbit, and we’re all missing that entirely.

The Visitor #6 doesn’t quite end the story on a whimper because there’s a lot of action in the book, I’m just not invested enough in the story any more. Despite the comic revealing some key information about the Valiant Universe (namely Dr. Silk’s involvement with the creation of New Japan), it is far from required reading at this point in the game – and you can get the key information online (or even just in this paragraph). If you’re only going to buy one book from Valiant this month, don’t make it this one – search your LCS for Cullen Bunn’s Shadowman #1 instead if you really want to get into the publisher’s characters. Read it if you care how the story ends, but I wouldn’t recommend the series at this point.

Story: Paul Levitz Art: MJ Kim
Color: Diego Rodriguez Letterer: Simon Bowland
Story: 6.0 Art: 7 Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: The Visitor #6 (of 6)

THE VISITOR #6 (of 6)

Written by PAUL LEVITZ
Art by MJ KIM
Colors by ULISES ARREOLA
Letters by SIMON BOWLAND
Cover A by AMILCAR PINNA
Cover B by ALAN QUAH
Preorder Cover by FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA
On sale JUNE 16th | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

The Visitor pulls the trigger on tomorrow once and for all in the epic finale…

THE VISITOR #6 (of 6)

Review: The Visitor #5

The Visitor #5

With only two of the Visitor’s targets left standing, what extreme lengths will he go to in order to finish the job? Find out as The Visitor #5 returns the series to the stands.

It has been more than a year since I read an issue of The Visitor, and in that time I’ve read a lot of comics (unfortunately due to a harddrive crash I’ve lost the pdfs that I would have used to refresh myself on the story, and my floppy issues are in a short box somewhere that isn’t as organized as I want it to be), and so I’m going into this using only my memory and the recap page to catch up with the story so far. The recap page does well enough to bring a person up to speed with the events of the previous four issues, thankfully, because I don’t know how well my memory was doing.

After over a year waiting for The Visitor to return, I’ll freely admit that I’m not sure it was worth the wait. The comic wasn’t bad, but it definitely suffers from the extended break; a lot of the characters were unfamiliar to me once again, but this is an easy fix if you reread the previous couple of issues.

The Visitor #5 is written by Paul Levitz and features artist MJ Kim, colorist Ulises Arreola, and letterer Simon Bowland. I previously wrote that “[the comic] follows the titular character as he’s trying to eliminate something that the Japanese scientists he’s hunting are working on and the UN Security agent Dauber assigned to protect them. Levitz keeps things entirely believable when the scientists keep frustrating Dauber’s efforts to keep them safe by insisting on their secrecy as they all underestimate the Visitor.” It’s still true. so I’m leaving it here because I don’t need to update the summary from the second to the fifth issue, really. The chase is now just a little further ahead, although with the fifth issue of The Visitor we finally understand what the program is that the scientists are working on, and knowing what it is will give some longtime Valiant readers an idea as to how the book will end.

There were a couple of moments where the art didn’t make sense to me from a chronological point of view; specifically when the Visitor confronts Dauber, initially it looks like he does so in front of a crowd of armed guards, though the following panels indicate she’s nowhere near any guards. It’s not a story breaker for me, but it definitely took me out of the comic for a bit.

The Visitor‘s return wasn’t bad, but this isn’t a comic for anybody other than those who have read the first four issues and want to know how the story ends.

Story: Paul Levitz Art: MJ Kim
Color: Diego Rodriguez Letterer: Simon Bowland
Story: 6.9 Art: 7 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: The Visitor #5 (of 6)

THE VISITOR #5 (of 6)

Written by PAUL LEVITZ
Art by SOO LEE
Colors by ULISES ARREOLA
Letters by SIMON BOWLAND
Cover A by AMILCAR PINNA
Cover B by CASPAR WIJNGAARD
On sale JUNE 2nd | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

With only two of the Visitor’s targets left standing, what extreme lengths will he go to in order to finish the job?

THE VISITOR #5 (of 6)

Review: The Visitor #4

The Visitor #4

How many people would you kill to change the world? The Visitor continues to strike from the shadows, but what kind of change is he killing to create? The Visitor #4 dives into this very question.

I was a touch let down last issue. There didn’t really seem to be a lot of plot furtherance between the second and third issue. The art remained pretty consistent. There’s a lot more to get your teeth into this issue. Thankfully, as we learn more about the Visitor we can start to piece together what his mission entails. The end goal is still a little murky, which leaves me wondering whether the title character is the antagonist. There was a little more light given on which side the Visitor falls this week. It’s this grey area that I’m both thoroughly enjoying and at the same time unsure of, if I’m honest.

But it’s the uncertainty that’s so much fun about this book.

With the The Visitor #4 we’re given a good look into the who of the Visitor, and a solid glance more of why the Visitor has come back in time to kill some scientists, but the exact details of what the Visitor is trying to prevent from happening remains elusive still.

The Visitor #4 is written by Paul Levitz and features artist MJ Kim, colorist Ulises Arreola, and letterer Simon Bowland. I previously wrote that “[the comic] follows the titular character as he’s trying to eliminate something that the Japanese scientists he’s hunting are working on and the UN Security agent Dauber assigned to protect them. Levitz keeps things entirely believable when the scientists keep frustrating Dauber’s efforts to keep them safe by insisting on their secrecy as they all underestimate the Visitor.” It’s still true. I’m leaving it here because I don’t need to update the summary from the second to the third issue. Or the third to the fourth, really.

I enjoyed this issue more than the previous two; further information on the backstory to the Visitor was very welcome, as was some clarification as to his more than human qualities. The art of Kim with Arreola’s coloring is stronger this issue than the last; the action was kinetic fast and exciting. Watching the Visitor escape helicopters was a joy as the artistic team’s work would have made for an excellent live action sequence.

After the slight slump of the previous issue, The Visitor #4 restores my faith in the series. It’s still not the best thing I’ve read this week, but I sure enjoyed the book. It’s a fun science fiction romp that touches on various different aspects of the question: what would you do to change the future? In the case of the Visitor, murder isn’t out of the question. So whatever he’s trying to change must be something big – and I’m really curious as to what that is.

Story: Paul Levitz Art: MJ Kim
Color: Diego Rodriguez Letterer: Simon Bowland
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.8 Overall: 8.7 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: The Visitor #4 (of 6)

THE VISITOR #4 (of 6)

Written by PAUL LEVITZ
Art by MJ KIM
Colors by ULISES ARREOLA
Letters by SIMON BOWLAND
Cover A by AMILCAR PINNA
Cover B by JON DAVIS-HUNT
Cover C by NETHO DIAZ
Preorder Cover by TONCI ZONJIC

How many people would you kill to change the world?
The Visitor continues to strike from the shadows, but what kind of change is he killing to create?

THE VISITOR #4 (of 6)

Review: The Visitor #3

The Visitor #3

The Visitor’s origin revealed in The Visitor #3!?

As the unkillable assassin continues hunting his targets, the fate of the future begins to come into focus.

I really wanted to love The Visitor #3 because the first two issues were fun reads. This is as well, but less so than the first. If I’m honest, the plot feels like it’s dragging its feel here; we had a few pages revealing some backstory for the Visitor, and aside from the scenes showing what the Visitor is capable of, the rest seems a rehash of most of the previous conversations had between the same characters that effectively boils down to “we’re so smart doing this [unrevealed] thing right under their noses! We have to stay here [inexplicably] so protect us!”

I’m ready to know a little more about anything and everything within this story. There’s more treading water than furthering the plot beyond what we’ve already seen in the past two issues.

The Visitor #3 is written by Paul Levitz and features artist MJ Kim, colorist Ulises Arreola, and letterer Simon Bowland. I previously wrote that “[the comic] follows the titular character as he’s trying to eliminate something that the Japanese scientists he’s hunting are working on and the UN Security agent Dauber assigned to protect them. Levitz keeps things entirely believable when the scientists keep frustrating Dauber’s efforts to keep them safe by insisting on their secrecy as they all underestimate the Visitor.” It’s still true. I’m leaving it here because I don’t need to update the summary from the second to the third issue.

I still enjoyed the issue. The backstory to the Visitor was certainly interesting. The art of Kim with Arreola’s coloring is for the most part very solid. I say for the most part because there were hiccups that aren’t worth highlighting. The way the pair capture the fluidity of the Visitor’s movements amidst the flying bullets seems effortless. The art really stands out when you notice how the other characters seem to struggle to catch the Visitor. It’s very much showing the excellence by focusing on the mundane.

Despite my misgivings about the shallowness of the plot, this was still a very enjoyable book. I’d be lying if I said The Visitor #3 is a bad comic. It’s just not as good as the first two issues in the series. Hopefully, it’s the weakest of the series, because if this is as bad as The Visitor gets then I’d consider this a solid miniseries that’s well worth picking up.

Needless to say, where the plot falls a little in The Visitor #3 the comic is still a strong entry in the series. The art remains top notch. There’s enough here that you won’t feel robbed when it comes to the plot progression. It just feels like the comic is longer than it needs to be.

Story: Paul Levitz Art: MJ Kim
Color: Diego Rodriguez Letterer: Simon Bowland
Story: 8.1 Art: 8.8 Overall: 8.3 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: The Visitor #3 (of 6)

THE VISITOR #3 (of 6)

Written by PAUL LEVITZ
Art by MJ KIM
Colors by ULISES ARREOLA
Letters by SIMON BOWLAND
Cover A by AMILCAR PINNA
Cover B by ALAN QUAH
Cover C by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI
Pre-Order Edition Cover by ADAM POLLINA
On sale FEBRUARY 19 | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

The Visitor’s origin revealed!?

As the unkillable assassin continues hunting his targets, the fate of the future begins to come into focus.

THE VISITOR #3 (of 6)

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

The Runaway Princess

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.

Atlantis Attacks #1 (Marvel) – Marvel has been building to something involving Namor and we’re in for another piece of that bigger picture puzzle.

Batman #87 (DC Comics) – The new team has taken Batman in a new direction and all of the themes and upcoming stories hinted at in the last issue has us intrigued enough to see what else there is to come.

Ghostbusters: Year One #1 (IDW Publishing) – Never before seen adventures of the first year of the team after they’ve defeated Gozer.

Guardians of the Galaxy #1 (Marvel) – The team has saved the universe once again and decided to relax and take a vacation. But the returned Olympians ravaging the universe have a different plan. A new volume that seems to be the main series so much of Marvel’s Cosmic Universe will revolve around.

Kidz #1 (Ablaze) – Ablaze is an up and coming new publisher whose material has been solid so far. This zombie apocalypse has a twist in focusing on young boys whose world is turned upside down when some girls come to town.

Once & Future #6 (BOOM! Studios) – A fantastic modern fantasy series that plays with Arthurian legend. Well worth checking out.

Runaway Princess (Random House Graphic) – The publisher kicks off their new line of graphic novels with this one that follows the adventures of a Princess who has runaway. Kids’ comics are an explosive business and it’s always interesting to see the new releases and imprints focused on that audience.

Vampire State Building #4 (Ablaze) – Vampire survival goodness taking place in the Empire State Building. It’s just entertaining, solid, horror, and action.

The Visitor #2 (Valiant) – The Visitor targets the world’s leaders in this very intriguing series from Valiant written by Paul Levitz that has us wanting to see more and how it fits into the Valiant big picture.

Wonder Woman #750 (DC Comics) – It’s a huge issue with a who’s who of creators celebrating the iconic character. There’s also stories that will define Wonder Woman, and the DC Universe, going forward.

Preview: The Visitor #2 (of 6)

THE VISITOR #2 (of 6)

Written by PAUL LEVITZ
Art by MJ KIM
Colors by ULISES ARREOLA
Letters by SIMON BOWLAND
Cover A by AMILCAR PINNA
Cover B by JON DAVIS-HUNT
Cover C by BECCA CAREY
Preorder Edition Cover by JEREMY HAUN
On sale JANUARY 22 | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

Chaos strikes the Big Apple as The Visitor targets a group of revolutionary international scientists!

THE VISITOR #2 (of 6)
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