In the wake of Book Of Death…the Earth’s immortal champion is dead…but his battle is far from over. Cast out of our world and into a fearsome afterlife of pain and punishment, Gilad is determined to return to our world and resume his duty… Now, on the cusp of freedom, the Eternal Warrior rises to fight an enemy with a grudge as old as himself…
When you have everything to loose, will you fight harder, or will you back away?
With the opening arc in Valiant‘s latest series helmed by the Eternal Warrior coming to a close, we’re treated to a solid finale that continues along the same quality levels as the previous three chapters in the arc. I’ve struggled with this series so far to be honest, because I while want to love it (and in many ways I do), there feels as if there’s something not quite there with this series. Whether that’s because of my unusually high expectations for the series that have, for the most art been met, I don’t know.
Despite my misgivings, Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior #4 is a good comic. The entire arc has been an exploration of sacrifice, and whether if you’ve attained your paradise, your happy ending, would you risk it to help others achieve theirs? As far as motivations for a superhero, it’s an interesting one, and one that I’m glad Robert Venditti is exploring with this series. The confrontation between Gilad and Humongous that the arc has been building towards is well done here, and while the end result is never really in question, the fight was very well done. The art work, produced by the extensive team consisting of Raul Allen & Patricia Martin, art assistant David Astruga with additional colours by Borja Pindado, has been growing on me with each issue and I’ve really come to appreciate it as the series progresses, but never more so than during the central battle between the Eternal Warrior and the demon king.
As an arc that explores just how much the Eternal Warrior is willing to risk in order to help guide the Earth’s destiny, the question that Venditti is asking is just what would you sacrifice to do the right thing?
Would you risk as much as Gilad Anni-Padda?
Story: Robert Venditti Art: Raul Allen & Patricia Martin
Art Assistant: David Astruga Additional Colours: Borja Pindado
Story: 9 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy
Valiant provided a FREE copy for review, but I’m picking my copy up on Wednesday anyway.
Previously posted on Graphic Policy