Reviewed by Brady Steele. There is no Earth or universe more volatile and constantly evolving in comics currently than the Valiant Universe. It is not a safe place to live but is most definitely an entertaining place to read about. A prime example of this unpredictable world can be found in Imperium #8. Every month, this book exemplifies what 21st century comic book storytelling done right looks like.
WRITTEN BY: Joshua Dysart
ART BY: Scot Eaton
PUBLISHER: Valiant Entertainment
RELEASE: 2 September 2015
The scariest team assembled to benevolently (or is it malevolently?) take over the world continues to shock and awe this month. Of those Toyo Harada has brought together, all are menacingly powerful in their own way. Bearing all that in mind, these dangerous beings from across time and space are in one way or another under the control of psiot Harada.
So when Divinity, the time-manipulating, tremendously powerful Russian cosmonaut, shows up, Harada thinks recruitment. What does Divinity think?
“No thanks, leave me alone.”
“I’m going throw you around in time because I don’t fight like other folks you’ve met before.”
Writer Joshua Dysart has crafted something so fascinating here that it’s hard to look away from it. It’s like Professor X versus an aloof Professor Zoom minus the super speed but way better. It feels like when your younger sibling (Harada) wants you to do something but you (Divinity) are really not interested, but they are relentlessly nagging you to do it anyway. Somehow, Dysart has managed to infuse these two vastly different concepts into a confrontation that literally shakes their world.
Scot Eaton’s artwork continues to grow on me and make an impression when it comes to the action. There is no mistaking any of these characters for anyone else so Eaton impresses me by keeping them all looking so unique not only in appearance but in scale as well.
Imperium #8 feels like a warm up to a battle one of the big hitters isn’t ready for yet. Don’t get me wrong: this is a great tilt to start with. Trust me when I say this is one rematch that will epic down the line somewhere. On top of all that, there is another surprise hiding literally inside of one of the main players which was a fun reveal. This book continues to be a no-brainer for best book of the year so read it already.
Score: 9/10 Skulls
Mr. Steele enjoys all things comics and imagination-based. Using his lifetime of comic-fu-dom for good, he imparts his knowledge for the universe to enjoy and for you, dear readers, to pass it on.
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