Billed as the Valiant Universe’s answer to the Avengers, “Unity” launched with a massive bang and a lot of hype. The first story-arc promised to alter the status quo of the Valiant universe and to bring together a cast of misfits to help bring down X-O Manowar. Now four issues into their run, writer Matt Kindt and artist Doug Braithwaite are attempting to stick the landing and ensure that the first arc is a memorable one for readers.
WRITTEN BY: Matt Kindt
ART BY: Doug Braithwaite
PUBLISHER: Valiant Comics
RELEASE: February 19, 2014
Matt Kindt does a fantastic job of wrapping up all the loose ends that have been seeded throughout the previous three issues. Kindt takes the time to flesh out the characters unique personalities and shine a spotlight on Livewire as he develops her into a leader for the ‘Unity’ team. The story also comes back around full circle in this issue, as he comes back to photojournalist Renee Rousseaux, who was introduced in the first issue of the series when X-O Manowar saved her life. In this issue Rousseaux returns as an advocate for Aric and is attempting to uncover the truth about his imprisonment along with the Visigoth people. The use of Rousseaux as a framing device in this issue was a brilliant twist and one can only hope that the character returns as a permanent member of the cast moving forward.
Doug Braithwaite has done some phenomenal work on the initial arc of this series. Here the characters leap off the page with emotion and the action sequences pack all the wallop of a blockbuster movie. Braithwaite’s detailed artwork sets a high benchmark for the series moving forward that means future artists will have their work cut out for them.
In just for issues, Kindt and Braithwaite have managed to bring together all the key players of the Valiant universe and given them a dynamic reason to co-exist. If fans of the “Avengers” or “Justice League” would be willing to give ‘Unity’ a chance they would be instantly hooked by the high stakes action and powerful storytelling that is contained within this series. The only complaint with ‘Unity’ is that after reading each issue, fans are left in agony waiting another thirty days for the next issue to drop.