Book Of Death: Legends Of The Geomancer #2

Watch a legend be born before your eyes as the saga of the Earth’s first Geomancer continues! 

New York Times best-selling writer Fred Van Lente (ARCHER & ARMSTRONG) and breakout artist Juan Jose Ryp (Clone) reveal the hidden story of the Valiant Universe’s beginnings as Earth’s protector enters a world of war, ruin and fire at the far end of pre-history! 

Fred Van Lente
Juan Jose Ryp
Valiant Entertainment

Do you know the most frustrating thing about Legends of the Geomancer? It won’t get the recognition or the sales that reflect what an enjoyable series it is due to it being a retailer incentive only.

So I’m addressing Valiant directly – if you can put this series out as a trade or even just have it available digitally? Based on how great the first two issue have been I would buy not only a copy for myself, but ten or so more, to be pushed into the hands of all my comic loving friends.

Legends is effectively a more modern take on Conan or Red Sonya – it’s simple, has a likeable band of people joining together for mutual gain and to crack some skulls. Oh boy do they crack some skulls. Ryp’s art is the main draw of this issue and his action scenes are visceral, brutal and bone crunching, as reflects a world that is equally unforgiving.

Fred Van Lente is smart enough to know how to keep things simple, breaking up the action scenes with those where we get to know about each of them a little more and see them bond. Drawn to be broad archetypes, it isn’t deep stuff, but that in itself is an art – you can tell Van Lente knows what he is writing and has made a decision to Keep it Simple Stupid.

As someone whom doesn’t tend to enjoy many of the traditional sword and sorcery tales, I think with Legends of the Geomancer I’ve found one that I can fully get behind. That this issue we begin to see how the series will slowly tie itself into the Book of Death event means it still managed to justify itself to Valiant.

But between you and me dear reader, this is the best comic to come out of the event so far. That Valiant made the mistake of making it a giveaway rather than its own paying comic may be something that it comes to regret. At the very least, I hope all the artists involved in it get to work on other things for Valiant.

So far everything from the Book of Death event has come with a caveat of ‘recommended, but’. This is the first series I would say wholeheartedly you need to track down and get a copy of. So how about that trade Valiant?

Images courtesy of Valiant Entertainment.

Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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