08/20/15 | by Marcus Orchard
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Writer: Robert Venditti
Artist: Robert Gill
Book of Death has been a solid event so far, with fun tie ins that are faithful to their characters while avoiding any clichés. Following a few one-shots, the main event continues with Book of Death #2, another solid entry for Valiant’s big event.
Robert Venditti continues to write for the story as he pits the team of Unity against one another. This issue doesn’t progress the story too much, but still manages to be fun and exciting with a solid encounter that reveals all of the cracks that are within the team. This has been some of the best writing for the Eternal Warrior since the Valiant reboot, showing plenty of character, rather than a barbarian that fights stuff. Between all the fighting there is plenty of dialogue full of jabs against opposing sides. Some of the dialogue is a little campy, but it goes well with the characters that deliver these lines.
When the heroes aren’t fighting each other, the reader gets to learn more about the dark future thanks to the new geomancer. This story was the best part of the issue, focusing on Gilad’s struggle against the geomancer responsible for the end of the world. The story is paced well and the format of the series is helping the story feel fresh with little hiccups.
Robert Gill’s art continues to impress, with a style that perfectly complements not only the style of the mini-series, but also the Valiant Universe in general. The battle is an especially high moment for the art, with the panels being laid out exceptionally well, allowing for the action to unfold without a hitch. Everything is easy to follow and seeing the characters’ weaknesses being exploited is especially rewarding for readers.
Book of Death #2 is another great issue, helping to solidify this event as a worthy successor to The Valiant. The writing is excellent, despite the lack of storytelling when compared to the first issue, and the art makes the battle fluid and exciting. It’s clear that Book of Death is more of a Unity event than a universe-wide crossover, which is by no means a bad thing. This is a fantastic way to make new readers familiar with the team, while giving long-time fans plenty to gawk at.
Book of Death #2 continues to be an exciting book pitting some of Valiant's best heroes against each other.