By Robert Venditti, Robert Gill & Roger Braitwaite
This week, Valiant launches their summer event Book of Death. The plot pivots on the status of Geomancers, those individuals selected to be the voice of the Earth. In the recent series The Valiant readers witnessed the death of Geomancer Kay and the arrival of Geomancer Tama from the 41st Century. She has brought with her The Book of the Geomancers, which contains not only the grim fate of humanity, but also the individual ones for the heroes of the Valiant Universe. Valiant has teased that these various “Falls” will be revealed as part of the event.
This idea of revealing the future of the Valiant Universe has precedent. In 1992, the original Valiant did something similar. They had just completed their first line-wide crossover, Unity, and decided to offer their readers a glimpse into what might happen next. They released Rai #0 which told the story of the Valiant Universe from the present moment into the 41st Century. Along the way, the heroes continued fighting, some giving their lives in the process. Others simply succumbed to the passing of time. The immortal Armstrong disappears from recorded history, unable to handle his grief for the fallen Archer. It is a bold, sweeping feat of storytelling which holds-up over two decades later. (Jim Shooter, David Lapham, Bob Layton and Jon Hartz plotted the issue; Layton handled the script, while Lapham did the pencils).
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BOOK OF DEATH #1 (of 4)
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by ROBERT GILL & DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Cover A by ROBERT GILL (MAY151586)
Cover B by CARY NORD (MAY151587)
Cover C by CLAYTON CRAIN (MAY151588)
Cover D by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC (MAY151589)
Character Design Variant by PAOLO RIVERA (MAY151591)
Valiant Icons Variant by PERE PEREZ (MAY151592)
Artist Variant by PAOLO RIVERA (MAY151593)
Blank Cover also available (MAY151590)
$3.99 | 40 pgs. | T+ | On Sale JULY 15 (FOC – 6/22/15) Continue reading Preview: Book Of Death #1
Harbinger: Faith #0 by Joshua Dysart & Robert Gill
Set between the Valiant’s Armor Hunters story and recent development in last month’s Unity, Dysart takes a breather from fast paced events to focus on smaller scale character work. Following the disbanding of The Renegades, Zephyr and Torque featured prominently in Armor Hunters, but were absent from Dysart’s Harbinger: Omegas mini-series. Fans of the characters, such as myself, may have been wondering where they were while their former adversary, Toyo Harada, more or less reset the global geo-political stage. This issue answers those questions.
In the aftermath of their public role assisting the devastated Mexico City, Faith and John are treated as major celebrities upon their arrival in Los Angeles. Though the circumstances were different, both characters came from lonely, isolated backgrounds. Neither were ever the flamboyant personality that their fallen teammate Charlene was. In fact, this inherent shyness is one of the reasons they have made such an appealing couple. However, such similarities can only get you so far, and Dysart soon reveals the cracks beneath the surface. John immediately revels in the newfound attention, while Faith appears more hesitant. He is ecstatic about the possibility of reality TV gig (this was someone who used to daydream of a televised fantasy world dubbed Torquehalla). Faith is more hesitant. She is sincerely grateful for the outpouring of support, yet worries about distractions. She wants to help people, live up to the great responsibility of her powers, like all the superheroes she grew up reading. Only real life is not like a comic book. She tries to assist with a fire, but finds that she is just in the way of “the real heroes”. Meanwhile, former Renegade Kris, languishes in prison.
Dysart uses these differing pre-occupations to chip away at Faith and John’s relationship. They want different things from life, neither of which is wrong. The bloom has come off the rose, and Faith is suddenly faced with some real adult decisions. Deciding the future of any relationship is never easy, let alone your first serious one. In the end, Faith approaches the situation in a mature, poignant manner.
Long time readers know that I am a huge fan of Faith. Ever since her introduction she has been one of the highlights of Dysart’s Harbinger. It is only fitting that he focuses on her for this epilogue to his series. After all the violent trauma The Renegades have endured in the past or how much may still lay in wait for them in the future, Dysart closes with a gentle note of kindness.
Faith, for one, would approve.