Review: The Valiant #4

We don’t get to review many Valiant comics, but after talking to them on Saturday, I felt that the time was right to review one, and since this issue came out this week, it’s elected. I’ve been wanting to get engrossed in all of the intertwined Valiant titles after reading the guidebook I picked up at last year’s Free Comic Book Day, and so I opted with this one, featuring several of the Valiant characters. I wasn’t prepared for what I discovered while reading it.

TheValiant004THE VALIANT #4

(W) Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt
(A/CA) Paolo Rivera
$3.99 / In Shops: 3/25/2015

Solicitation:
The darkness is now! The heroes of the Valiant Universe make their triumphant last stand at the end of all things as superstar creators Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt, and Paolo Rivera bring their magnum opus to its gut-wrenching conclusion!

The Immortal Enemy has all but won and only Bloodshot and Geomancer are left to stand against his darkness. Are they willing to save humanity if it means losing their own – and each other?

Review:

The-Valiant500I have not read any of the previous issues of this mini-series, but now I want to, and that is a big success for this book. I barely knew anything about Geomancer, but Jeff Lemire made me care about her by the end. I also want to see what happens to Bloodshot, and I have never been able to say that before. I still think the Eternalk Warrior is a character that’s hard to relate to, but a lot of that baggage comes from his previous incarnation at the original Valiant and not here, but he’s still not developed enough to make me care for the character like Bloodshot and Geomancer is. My opinion of Jeff Lemire had been slanted from his work with the Legion on Justice League United, but here, he’s won me over. I have MIND MGMT waiting for me to read, so I don’t know yet how much of this really great story is Lemire and how much is Matt Kindt.

The artwork is good, with no flaws in anatomy or storytelling, and any nits that I have to pick are just a matter of personal preference with Paolo Rivera’s style. There are scenes with Bloodshot that should be hard to believe, but without spoiling, Rivera renders them so that they are as unnerving as Geomancer claims that they are. The final scene carries with the seriousness that it needs to without being cliché. Like I said at the beginning of this review, I care what happens to these characters, and part of that comes from the art, not just the writing.

Do yourself and pick up a Valiant book. Start by looking for one by a writer that you already know, and give it a chance. You may not like it, but more than likely, you’ll find something to make you give another issue a shot.