Review: DIVINITY #1

DIVINITY_001_COVER-A_DJURDJEVICDIVINITY #1
Written by Matt Kindt
Art by Trevor Hairsine
Published by Valiant Entertainment
Release Date: February 11, 2015

Matt Kindt continues to put his stamp on the Valiant Universe with a new series, Divinity, focusing on Soviet astronaut Abram Adams and his preparations for a space mission the likes of which humanity has never known…

Kindt keeps details fairly sporadic in this first issue, leaving a ton of information out as to how Abram becomes the character we gain glimpses of, and from a story perspective it works. Readers get to know just the bare minimum required to keep them interested and I will admit he pulled me in fully by the end of the issue. Cold War politics, space missions, futuristic tech, time anomalies…Divinity is a sci-fi dream and I applaud Valiant for bringing a book with such a different scope into it’s next wave of titles. The line has Ivar, Timewalker who is already cruising through time, but even the time spanning elements of Divinity feel completely different. This could be because after the first issue readers have no clue if this character is evil, kind or somewhere in between, and the mystery is half the fun. Kindt allows details to unravel at a very controlled pace and it works. This first issue is a huge tease but any readers who like their super-universe books to have a sci-fi bend to them will feel right at home, and be quite excited by Kindt’s work in Divinity. Kindt’s work in the supplemental materials brings some of the feel of Mind MGMT into this book which doesn’t hurt one bit, and I’m finding Matt Kindt is really quite at home writing government conspiracies/secret projects/black ops super teams.

Trevor Hairsine’s artwork does not match the strength of Kindt’s script, as his inconsistent work hurts the overall flow of the issue at times. He delivers some strong artwork and some pages that look like they were very rushed and feature odd angles, with the net effect being a page that looks awkward rather than stylish. The high points do outnumber the low points, and Hairsine’s work on this issue is of a very similar quality to that of his work on Eternal Warrior. While there was not a single point in the issue that I was blown away by what I saw, Hairsine did deliver on the big plot points and our first look at our main character in his current form did have the appropriate amount of punch to keep me visually intrigued. The colour work by David Baron is very strong in this issue and helps set the mood of some scenes very well.

Divinity #1 entertained me and I will certainly be back for more, if for no other reason than to find out more about this mission and who the hell this guy is. The artwork could use a little more sizzle for my taste, but it certainly could be worse so I’m going to hold out hope that Hairsine falls into a stronger groove with this book as it progresses. Matt Kindt’s work at Valiant continues to impress and I’m intrigued to see where he takes Divinity.

The Verdict: 7.5/10

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