Valiant have been hyping the release of ‘Unity’ #1 for months now with a fantastic marketing campaign. The company have been talking about the book, previewed it in the back of all their issues, and released countless teasers to coincide with the book’s release. The company’s marketing team even issued a press release revealing that the title’s first issue sales were in excess of 68,000 copies making it the one of the highest charting comic book series to launch in 2013. Now ‘Unity’ is here and it has the to sink or swim on the strength of its creative merits.
WRITTEN BY: Matt Kindt
ART BY: Doug Braithwaite
PUBLISHER: Valiant Comics
RELEASE: November 13th, 2013
“Unity” #1 is the perfect entry point for new readers into the Valiant universe. Writer Matt Kindt does a great job of framing the overall story of X-O Manowar verses the rest of the world, and connects it to humanity through a photographer covering the battle. From there we get to see the assembly of Valiant’s version of the Avengers as Toyo Harada enlists the help of Ninjak, the Eternal Warrior, and Livewire to bring down Aric of Dacia. Kindt is able to pull all the characters together from various titles in the Valiant universe without it feeling contrived. Seeing these characters together fighting to achieve a common goal of taking down X-O Manowar feels natural and the characters still retain their unique voice throughout. Kindt also does a great job of synching up each character’s unique voice and personality to what we’ve seen in other regular ongoing books.
Artist Doug Braithwaite has been one of comics most underrated talents and it’s great to see him being thrust into the spotlight here on “Unity”. His style is expressive and bold, but he knows his job is to compliment the story that Kindt has set up. Braithwaite beautifully illustrates the opening sequence of the book to show just the massive scale of the war with X-O Manowar and he does a great job at making it appear larger than life.
“Unity” #1 lives up the hype and delivers a strong first issue. Kindt and Braithwaite already have readers on the edge of their seats in anticipation for the impending war between Toyo Harada’s team of misfits and X-O Manowar and you don’t want to miss a minute of this action.