Writer: Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt
Artist: Paolo Rivera, Joe Rivera
Seeing an arc, series, or even an event in comics end strongly is a very rare thing. Some of the best storylines in comics can fall flat at the very end due to poor pacing, lack of consequence, or even just an unwanted outcome. The Valiant #4 avoids all of this and gives the reader one of the most satisfying endings I’ve ever read.
Most of the Valiant universe has failed to defeat The Immortal Enemy, and the only characters left in play to protect Kay are Bloodshot and Gilad. Neville Alcott at MI-6 is trying to open up the mysterious box that can possibly give our heroes what they need to save Earth, but just opening and understanding what’s inside is proving to be an obstacle. The journey from the beginning to the end of the issue is remarkable, and is full of some of the best moments I’ve seen in comics, including a ridiculous battle between Bloodshot and the enemy.
What really makes this issue special is the spectacular ending. Jeff Lemire and Matt Kindt have been building this huge story and then completely landed the ending. It was powerful, emotional, and completely unexpected. The story went in a direction that not too many could have seen coming, yet at the same time, it nailed the perfect ending.
It’s rare to see an event actually change the status quo for a universe. Oftentimes we see Marvel or DC advertise a huge event that is going to change the universe in a big way forever. Usually these are empty promises that only affect a few characters for a few months, but Valiant is actually fulfilling its promise. It’s a safe to say that the Valiant Universe will definitely be different from here on out, and most of these characters are going to have to deal with some major implications, mostly Gilad and Bloodshot. The Immortal Enemy has certainly made an impact on these characters, and I can’t wait to see where they go from here.