greatest villain in the Valiant Universe wages war…to create Utopia!
weapons. And the last, greatest gambit he needs is deep within the clutches of
his most powerful opponents. To secure the human asset critical to his plan,
Harada gambles everything he has in an all-out battle to win everything he
beginning to see a pattern in Joshua Dysart and Doug Braithwaite’s globe
trotting tale of a villain saving the world…by completely demolishing
everything we currently take for granted. With each issue focusing on a
different character whilst incrementally advancing the ongoing storyline, it
takes the formula of successful properties like Game of Thrones or Heroes and
brings it to comic books.
Horus Heresy, because though the series’ villain, Toyo Harada, is everywhere,
setting up events and manipulating characters behind the scenes, rarely do we
get to see in to the mind of the man himself, leaving him to be a somewhat
mythical character in his own story. This works for the most part and is a
smart move too, for seeing the internal thoughts of such a person (who, I’m
guessing, is a bigger threat to regular readers of the Valiant Universe) would
only manage to disappoint.
Sunlight on Snow; the world’s only AI, bound to a single body, and the Broken
Angel, an inter dimensional being that has taken over the body of a psiot to
conduct research in our dimension.
team that the Editor has kept everyone on track, bringing the talents of
Braithwaite, Reber and Arreola together to make sure that Dysart’s story, no
matter where it heads, still feels grounded. Via the use of muted colours,
subtle shading and the use of detail on each characters face that emphases
their reactions and feelings in every scene, it keeps a emotional through-line
that means that were the story stripped of its outlandish elements it would
still work as a great character piece.
so far; I’m liking the characters a lot and seeing how they react under
stressful conditions is a real joy. As an ongoing superhero series, though I’m
not quite feeling the weight of characters actions on the global stage yet,
it’s early days. From the cliffhanger set up at the end off issue 4, it looks
like things are about to kick up another notch.
one of the better series in the past few years.