Rating: 4/5 – Divinity Takes a Tour of the Valiant Universe.
By ComicSpectrum senior reviewer Shawn Hoklas.
Divinity is one of my favorite characters at Valiant. He’s all powerful like DC’s Dr. Manhattan, able to bend and shape reality to his will, but he still has a humbleness about him that keeps his powers in check. He’s had a few limited series, each written by Matt Kindt that have focused mostly on him and the two cosmonauts he went into space with, both of whom also have tremendous powers. Now, Kindt and artist Renato Guedes have Divinity taking a tour of the Valiant universe in a zero issue that’s more about Divinity’s thoughts on each of the major characters within the universe, rather than being the first part of an all new story.
I have to first start out by talking about the visuals. Guedes’ art is beautiful. I remember Guedes’ art on Superman, but I just don’t remember it being this good! He uses a painted style that looks as though it was done with watercolors and each character that Divinity visits gets a slightly different color pallet so that each stands out on its own. The art definitely has a Clayton Crain vibe to it, but tighter. Although there are a couple pages that got a bit confusing for me with exactly what was going on within the panels, overall this is a really strong output and I’m hoping that Guedes sticks around for more adventures with Valiant.
The story in Divinity #0 is solid, but it’s more of seeing how Divinity feels about each character he’s had a run in with in the past. So, in a way, it does feel like a zero issue. It’s meant to define the character and show you what makes him tick. Divinity’s meeting with Ninjak for example not only shows what Divinity is thinking, but also does a great job of showing just how cool Ninjak is, a character who also happens to be written by Kindt. The end has a nice surprise and gives us a sneak peek at the next Divinity mini series which I’m really excited about. I’d definitely recommend this zero issue for the art alone, but Kindt does a really nice job of showing how this all powerful hero thinks and feels about all the major players within the Valiant Universe.
Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas
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