Writer: Ales Kot
Artists: Adam Gorham & Michael Spicer
Valiant Comics’ next big miniseries is here with Dead Drop #1, a series that features a few great Valiant characters coming together to stop a threat from quietly wiping out humanity. The series is being told in a unique format which will focus on a different character every issue. This month features X-O Manowar as he races to intercept a virus that has the potential to swiftly end the world.
Ales Kot is the writer of the series and seems to have a good grasp of Aric. He writes the character well and successfully nails all of his quirks. Aric is still kind of lame and makes terrible jokes, but it makes for good comic relief. While the issue doesn’t present a strong plot or even much progression, it still has feel moments that feel significant to the Valiant Universe. The development of Aric is very evident in this issue as he understands the significance of the lives around and makes a few surprising calls that will cause trouble but resulted in fewer casualties right now.
As said earlier, there isn’t too much in this issue as far as story goes. The entire issue is basically one big chase with some dialogue occurring in the background. Those looking for anything deep in this issue will find themselves disappointed. However, the action that consumes almost the entire issue is very exciting and every panel is very well laid out, displaying the talent of the artistic team.