Writer: Robert Venditti
Artist: Robert Gill
Gilad’s efforts to save the newest geomancer have been valiant, but now the Eternal Warrior has decided that it’s best to go on the offensive, which leads to Book of Death #3 being the bloodiest issue of the miniseries so far.
The revelation that Master Darque is the mastermind behind the end of the Valiant Universe is pleasantly surprising. It’s nice to see a classic villain step out of the shadows and prove to be a worthy antagonist in such a solid event. Book of Death appears to be the catalyst for the end of Unity, and I can’t think of a better villain to lead the way.
Venditti’s writing is both stellar and chilling. As Tama continues to read the book, the reader learns about the future in an unobtrusive way. This month, we mostly discover Master Darque’s abilities in the future as both a necromancer and geomancer. This all leads to a cool battle between Gilad and some undead creatures as he seeks to finally track down his foe. The rest of Unity isn’t too prominent in this issue, but the team still makes an appearance as they tend to their wounds and attempt to find a lead on where to go next. It looks like the team will reunite with Gilad soon, and under the current circumstances, it’s likely that Unity will reunite in an effort to prevent the prophecy from the book being realized.
Robert Gill’s art is consistent through, with solid poses and expressions coming from the characters. The battle scene with Gilad looks particularly great due to the designs of the creatures he is fighting. Gill effectively makes the battle as terrifying as it should be, as the gore-filled panels easily guide the reader through the conflict. Most of the success of this issue relies on Gill’s ability to thrill, who shows that he was up to the challenge. This is the best drawn issue of the series so far.