Eternal Warrior #1 (Valiant)


Rating: 4.5/5 – Great story for new readers or legacy fans, Gilad’s daughter steals the show.

Greg Pak has written a fabulous introductory issue about the Eternal Warrior, Gilad Ani-Padda and we get to meet his daughter Xaran too.  This was a great story that was a completely accessible story for someone who had never seen the character before in their life, for someone who has seen Gilad guest-starring in one of the other current Valiant books, or readers who remember him from the original run of the character from the 1990s.

Trevor Hairsine turns in a stunning job on the art.  His style is really well-suited to the story and his page layouts and panel-to-panel storytelling, especially in the ancient Mesopotamia sequence that opens the issue, convey the action superbly.  The 2 splash pages in this section are placed perfectly, emphasizing just the right key moments of the story, particularly the 2nd with Xaran.

After the introduction to the main characters in Mesopotamia, we jump to current day Africa.  6000 years have passed (give or take) and Gilad’s still around, he’s not called the Eternal Warrior for nothing.  We get a very nuanced setup of the threat for the storyline and then “to be continued!”

The thing I found most notable in this issue was the introduction of Gilad’s daughter Xaran.  I love this character.  In my opinion she stole the show from her father.  I’m not sure if it’s that good a thing for her to be overshadowing the title character like that, but I am definitely excited to see what’s going to happen next.  You can’t ask much more from a #1 issue than having me love the issue itself and also pre-selling me on #2.

Reviewed by: Bob Bretall – Covering the full spectrum of comics culture

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