Eternal Warrior Awakening #1

It is a time before civilization…On the brink of carving out victory in the most violent battle of his life, Gilad Anni-Padda suffers a devastating injury. He awakens weeks later in a strange land, nursed back to health but with no memory of his past. A tribe has shown him compassion in an age of cruelty, and he will return their gift in kind. Now the real violence will begin…

While you could say it for any comic, a one-shot in particular is more of a crapshoot than usual. Sometimes you’ll run into one that can truly stand on its own, sometimes not. As for the Eternal Warrior Awakening, it was a shaky start but closed out just strong enough.

At first, the (re?)introduction of Gilad Anni-Padda aka the Eternal Warrior could be confusing for those who don’t know him, like me. Eventually though, some kindly placed flashbacks to the past life he forgot fill in at least some blanks. Thanks to those, his mission of vengeance against the Fell Legion who have been hunting him makes far more sense by the end.

The majority of the art in this solo issue was pretty great, most especially the intense pages of battling. There were some pages that just sort of passed by, but I suppose that’s true in many a book. The action scenes more than made up for any shortcomings, so a solid round altogether.

Once traction was gained reading this, it picked up and got quite good before concluding. The problem I had was that it just felt rushed, all in the interest of compacting it into one issue. A fair way to introduce those who’ve never seen the series and likely a book not missed by old readers.

For more on Eternal Warrior Awakening or other Valiant titles, check out 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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