Advance Review: THE VALIANT #2

Written by Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt
Art by Paolo Rivera
Published by Valiant Entertainment
Release Date: January 21, 2015

When you put three talents like Lemire, Kindt and Rivera on a book you expect big time results. With The Valiant #2, readers get exactly what they expect, and probably more. This is one of the best superhero comics on shelves today, and it is definitely worthy of your attention.

Lemire and Kindt work very well together, especially with these characters. Their take on Gilad, Kay and Ninjak is great and this is the strongest I have read these characters in the Valiant U. The tale of the Geomancer is one that has intrigued me since Kay took the mantle in Archer & Armstrong, so this is right up my alley. The Immortal Enemy is an immensely powerful and creepy foe that is almost Mignola-esque in nature, which gives this title a really cool vibe. His history with Gilad adds multiple layers to this and the Valiant heroes banding together to take the fight to him leads to some great action sequences. Their plotting is very solid and this issue is paced very well. It builds brilliantly and, more so than ever, these Valiant heroes feel like they are big time players. I’d read this alongside one of the premiere superhero books from the Big Two any day of the week.

While Lemire and Kindt write the issue well, Paolo Rivera absolutely kills it on art duties. He teams with Joe Rivera to craft artwork that is exceptionally strong, with fantastic detail and excellent colour work. Rivera handles each cast member very well, and The Immortal Enemy in particular is a page-stealer. Rivera is a top flight artist and this issue shows why. His pencil work is brilliant, the colour work dynamic and powerful….The Valiant #2 is simply one of the best looking comics on store shelves.

The Valiant #2 is a damn good issue in what is proving to be a phenomenal series so far. Sure, we’re only two issues in, but they are both fantastic and if readers are looking for a gateway into the Valiant U, they’ve got a great one with this series. The Valiant features top notch creators firing on all cylinders. If you think the superhero market is saturated, The Valiant (and the Valiant line) are proof that if you put interesting characters in the hands of skilled creators, great things can happen.

The Verdict: 9.5/10


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