Nightmares, magic, action and immortality. The Valiant #2 has it all and is another stellar issue of Valiant series. Read on to find out why.
The official description from Valiant
The Immortal Enemy has crawled out from the black depths of history to destroy this generation’s Geomancer and send Earth back to the Dark Ages! Now… the Eternal Warrior, Ninjak, and Kay McHenry must overcome their worst nightmares before the unlikeliest of white knights rides in to save the day. Will he be enough to battle back the unyielding evil that threatens to plunge the Valiant Universe into the darkness?
The Valiant is easily the best new series in the Valiant line-up. The first issue gave readers more information about the Eternal Warrior’s never ending battle with the Immortal Enemy. Gilad’s track record in this fight has been less than stellar and now that Kay McHenry is the new Geomancer, Gilad enlists the help of nearly the entire Valiant Universe. Jeff Lemire and Matt Kindt are a great team for this book. Kindt knows his way around team books, while Lemire is an expect on the mind twisting world of monsters and nightmares.
The beginning of issue #2 starts with plenty of stealthy, violent action from Ninjak when he tries to rescue the “Code Breaker” to crack the box found by Bloodshot last issue. While the action is great the real meat of the story lies in Kay’s fight against her greatest childhood fear. Mr. Flay is the shell that hides the Immortal Enemy and it’s a more terrifying evil than most we’ve seen in other Valiant titles. Not only does Flay do a number to Kay’s mind but cast it’s evil shadow on Ninjak as well. This is easily the most exciting and interesting part of the story. Crafted to near perfection by Kindt and Lemire.
The art is a surprising mix that play well perfectly together. Paolo Rivera’s work is, as usual, outstanding and while it’s light on fine detail it’s the action and the imposing angles he uses to tell the story best. Another bright spot is Jeff Lemire adding a helping hand in drawing the childhood story of Kay’s. His art really separates the two story’s without resulting to simple tricks to tell the story of Mr. Flay. His style is so pronounces opposed to Rivera’s it makes this book an even better than it already could have been without it.
Quite simply, The Valiant is an incredible read! Valiant is such a tightly linked universe and seeing all the characters play their part to help Gilad feels more like a solid story than a simple cheap stunt to include everyone. This book comes with my highest recommendation and it’s a great way for new readers to introduce themselves to all the best characters in Valiant’s lineup. It’s a must read!