07/15/15 | by Marcus Orchard
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Writer: Robert Venditti
Artist: Robert Gill
Earlier this year, Valiant Comics delivered The Valiant, one of the best comic book events in recent history. The event introduced Tama, a young geomancer who comes from the future with an ominous book foretelling the death of everyone in the Valiant Universe. Book of Death is sort of a direct sequel, as Gilad attempts to change everyone’s fate the save the world. The only issue is that he needs Tama to read the book, but the rest of Earth’s greatest heroes want to take the young geomancer from Gilad in order to stop a series of events that has killed countless innocents.
The story is penned by Robert Venditti, the current writer of X-O Manowar. Venditti doesn’t waste any time as he starts the story off with a bang and doesn’t ever slow down the pace throughout the supersized issue’s 40 pages. The stakes are high and Venditti successfully delivers a sense of urgency as the reader watches the members of Unity struggle to grapple onto the idea of needing to face one of their own.
Between all of the action, Venditti fills the rest of the issue with sequences pulled from the book’s prophecy. Here the reader gets a small peek into the future. As expected, the future is dark and violent, with many characters dying in awful ways, even those that we previously thought couldn’t be killed.
Characterizations are solid, and no character has dialogue that seems out of place. This isn’t surprising since Venditti is has been on board with Valiant since the relaunch and likely knows the characters more than anyone. It’d be nice to see a bigger variety of characters show up in the series, since right now this event only features the roster of Unity plus Tama. Since this is only the first issue though, it’s safe to expect to see more characters show up soon.
Robert Gill’s art is impressive from start to finish. In the past, Gill has worked on some of Valiant’s most visually stunning titles. This is a title full of emotion, rage, and pain, and he effectively shows this with the characters’ faces. There are many scenes full of terror that are delivered without issue, and the action scenes contain panel layouts that make events easy to follow.
Book of Death #1 is a great start to Valiant’s biggest event of the summer. While the roster isn’t everything I want it to be yet, Venditti still manages to effectively use these characters effectively. While this title may be accessible to those who are unfamiliar with the Valiant Universe, I would recommend at least reading The Valiant trade before picking this one up.
Story - 7.5
Characters - 8.5
Art - 8.5
Book Of Death is a solid start, but it'd be niceto see more characters show up.