By Robert Venditti, Raul Allen, and David Lafuente
Once again when it came time to choose my pick for the best comic of the week, Venditti and Allen won again for many of the same reasons as last time.
The splot is expanded on here, deepening my appreciation for the character and the story being told.
The story this month is largely the same as last month. While that may not seem exciting, think how many comics are released every week whose stories you’ve literally read before?
The difference here, is that this story is almost new to me, and it feels compelling.
Gilad has made his choice to return to the Earth, leaving behind his family in their idealistic existence in limbo. But first, he must fight his way through a demonic horde in a dark and nightmarish realm. This time, his enemies intend to stop him from succeeding.
That’s the story this month, with some more personal details added in by Venditti. We see some of Gilad’s past on Earth, when he lost his wife and child to a plague in an ancient civilization. Before he starts on his mission, he and his oldest son talk about their strained relationship. Once again, Venditti depicts this as a honest conversation with both sides having valid points of view. It’s resolution is sad, but also leaves hope for the two to fully reconcile.
The art this month is terrific, showing different art styles and huge shots of beautiful landscapes. Allen seems to handle most of the art duties this issue and doesn’t leave anything to be desired.
The demonic horde has a sketchy, ugly approach to their appearance while Gilad’s family is shown as happy, healthy, and content.
What really sells the art in this issue is the camera angles. Allen seems to stick to an informal grid for most of the issue and gives the story a cinematic feel. Rather than spend it showing Gilad fighting horde after horde of demons, most of it is spent with him reflecting on his life with his family and the cost of his mission.
While 12 months of this type of story would wear thin eventually, I believe Veditti is building to something. These introspective issues could be the “calm before the storm”, possibly whatever is waiting for Gilad on Earth whenever he returns.
I came close to picking other books this week, but ironically they lost because they were stories I read before. What made this book in particular TWF, was that it made me feel for the characters during my reading.
Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #2 continues its story from last month, slowly revealing its larger plot without sacrificing making the readers care for the characters.
Disclosure: Publisher Valiant Comics provided an advance review copy of this comic to Nothing But Comics without any payment between the site or publisher or agreement on the review’s content.