Writer: Matt Kindt
Artist: Renato Guedes
In the 1960’s, Abram, a Soviet Astronaut, was launched into space, and years later returned with incredible powers. After thwarting the plans of one of his friends to create a mass hallucination in which Russia rules the world, he checks in on those who remain from the hallucination world seeming due to an anomaly of time and space.
Divinity starts off strong, with Abram reflecting on the sense of wonder and adventure he used to get from reading comic books as a child. How the world was simpler and seemed to stand still. It’s a little cliche, yes, but it’s earnest and heartfelt, and paired with Renato Guedes’ beautiful watercolor illustrations, it transcends cliche and is actually quite touching… for the first few pages.
After those first few pages, the narration quickly becomes an exposition dump. An incredibly hard to read exposition dump thanks to it being delivered in small, white print that fades into the backgrounds. Guedes’ excellent illustrations continue throughout, strangely nostalgic and adventurous, but it’s little more than a run-down of past events and checking in on various characters. Abram goes from place to place, delivering a few lines about a given character, their powers or history, but there’s little personality conveyed in either the narration itself or for these characters.
One of these trips is to a distant alien planet, and it’s something straight from classic pulp-sci-fi, seemingly fitting the theme brought up in the first few pages, but Guedes’ is left to do the heavy lifting in continuing this theme, as the narration just introduces a new character – something about how he was one of Earth’s greatest heroes and is now missing his special armor – and then moves on. This moment, more than any, expresses my disappointment with Divinity #0. There’s potential here, but it’s stifled by flat exposition.
Even if I were a fan of Valiant and knew these characters, this would still be an entire comic of boring exposition, and I’d be frustrated that the truly excellent artwork by Renato Guedes is being wasted on it.
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.