At the far end of existence…can even Earth’s immortal soldier withstand a foe as old as life itself?
Gilad Anni-Padda, the Eternal Warrior, has sacrificed everything to shape a better world…but his work is only beginning. Turning his back on everything and everyone he loved, he must leave the safety of the world he knew behind…and begin a trek across a savage and unexplored realm to return to Earth…if the true cost of his immortality doesn’t destroy him first.
As with the last review, let’s get one thing out of the way before we start the review proper: there will more than likely be spoilers for Valiant‘s Book Of Death event within this review, so if you still haven’t read that miniseries, A) Why not? B) This series is worth buying. The second chapter digs into Gilad‘s sense of self in a way that I’ve not seen before, and I’m really enjoying .
Alright, there may be Book Of Death and issue #1 spoilers from here on out.
Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior #2 is scripted by Robert Venditti, and unlike the first issue which felt like it was missing something, falling short of my admittedly sky high expectations, the second issue not only felt much more complete, but also gave me another appreciation for the first issue.
Venditti is joined again this issue by an extensive art team of artists Raul Allen & Patricia Martin, art assistant David Astruga with additional colours by Borja Pindado (I’m going to refer to them as The Artists or the Art Team from here on out for simplicity’s sake, and because I’m not entirely sure what their process was in creating the issue). Despite the angry sounding title, Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior #2 makes great use of a calm, gentle approach a the beginning of the comic. The minimalist use of text during those pages encourages you to focuses on the artwork (which is growing on me surprisingly quickly, but more on that later), and the layouts that hark back to a simpler style of comic book layouts that I really enjoyed. I’m wondering if, as the story progresses, the panel layouts will change at all.
The Artists have delivered some very interesting work with this issue, and despite the style not working fully for me last issue, I really can’t say the same here. Despite the layout of the panels there is some brilliantly presented art here that I don’t think would work with a different layout. The use of colour in the second half of the book in the scenes where Gilad is the sole focus is also something I appreciated due in a large part to the simplicity of it’s use in emphasizing the wrath of the Eternal Warrior; I don’t mean to beat a dead horse with that word, but it’s honestly the most accurate term I can think of. The simplicity isn’t a bad thing here, indeed the lack of over explaining certain points is actually one of the strengths of the series so far, which in part is reflected in the detailed art.
Whether you’re interested in reading more about the Eternal Warrior, or you just want to read a good comic, this is a series that you should look out for.
Story: Robert Venditti Art: Raul Allen & Patricia Martin
Art Assistant: David Astruga Additional Colours: Borja Pindado
Story: 9 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy
Valiant provided a FREE copy for review, but I’m picking my copy up on Wednesday anyway.
Also posted on Graphic Policy.