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
Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review