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COMIC REVIEW: FTN reviews Valiant’s Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #1

November 25th, 2015 by Phil Robinson Comments
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WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR #1
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by RAUL ALLEN
Wraparound Cover by DAVID LAFUENTE
When was the last time you had a really high quality fantasy soap opera to sink your teeth into? Valiant’s “Wrath of the Eternal Warrior” has been getting a lot of the buzz that suggests it could be something special; a fevered tap of the refresh button on sci-fi’s comic browser. But hype is one thing, does it actually deliver on the page?

Continuing on the tale of Gilad Anni-Padda, Robert Venditti’s stories rush on like an ever-flowing stream, from the pair’s previous outing in “The Book of Death.” With page one serving as a short history lesson, things then jump into top gear with a monstrous creature getting an axe to the face. “Wrath of the Eternal Warrior,” you have my attention. Gilad, the titular eternal warrior is being set upon by not just one, but a swarming horde of nightmare creatures. The beast whose face previously had an axe residing in it stirs back to life – our current location, “Beyond the Veil of Life” is a place devoid of death it seems – but as our hero dives in to take axe to legion…

…He awakens, “Before.” We’re going to have to earn the blood and the mayhem, it seems. In a time long gone by, Gilad’s waking world finds him a family man, yet stirring under the surface, the creatures are ever-linked to him, his actions and experiences in what he thinks is the real world are felt in The Beyond. Troubled dreams and a recurring references to the fact he cannot stay hint at the potentially ominous truth that lies beneath this story’s surface.

It’s an intriguing world we’re thrown into in issue one, certainly interesting and genuinely refreshing to not be spoon-fed the world building information straight off the bat. The tale is already beginning to drip with established history – thanks to its predecessor – with plenty of its own tales and mythology still to be seen. This is indeed a solid continuation to “The Book of Death,” with art so vibrant and striking it feels like the colours just was over you.

“Wrath of the Eternal Warrior” throws its doors open wide, to die hards and newcomers alike. If you’re looking for big concepts in your fantasy, look no further.

5 out of 5 Nerds

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