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Following last month’s knock-your-socks-off penultimate issue, Divinity II returns for its grand finale.

Is it good?

Divinity II #4 (Valiant Comics)

Observations

  • I appreciate Abrams resolve and spirit, but the poor guy still appears to getting his ass handed to him.
  • Myshka: A realist with terrifying cosmic level powers.

  • Her skin is looking a lot better than Abrams at this point, too.

  • Gotta love a fist fight where the opponents also debate the narrative themes of Dostoyevsky.
  • HA! A ‘prison’ for Divinity. Right.
  • I bet Myshka would make one heck of a gardener…
  • ..and I bet Abram is a bit craftier than any of us realized.

Is It Good?

That depends.

On one level, any time you get Trevor Hairsine drawing a big epic fight scene, it’s going to be a real treat. This issue was no exception.

Although this issue didn’t have the same visceral impact and inventive paneling as the last one, we still get a lot of gorgeous fisticuffs to behold. There’s also one incredibly cool splash page that perfectly (and beautifully) demonstrates the time ripping effect the battle between these two titans is causing.

And just like every other issue of the series, Hairsine’s work is made even better by Ryan Winn’s excellent inks and David Baron’s lush, beautiful colors.

The story, on the other hand, fell a little flat. Don’t get me wrong–Matt Kindt still does a great job making Abram and Myshka feel like real and distinct characters. Their dialogue and severely different demeanors turn what could have been two cosmic boxers slugging it out into an emotionally charged confrontation. Things get a little dense near the end (See: The Dostoyevsky Debate), but otherwise, their verbal and physical sparring crackles with passion and power.

Unfortunately, the end of the story feels a little too easy. While I liked the misdirect Kindt used to get us there, the moment that changes the fight has a much bigger affect on everything than I thought it should. I obviously can’t say what that is without spoiling the story, but it just might be my personal taste. Feel free to scream at me in the comments section if I’m wrong.

On the positive side of things, the story’s coda was incredibly chilling. It made me want to get Divinity III in my hands immediately. Combine that with Hairsine’s wonderful art, and you’ve still got a pretty good finale. It might not have been as brilliant as the penultimate chapter, but the series has a whole has proven that the Divinity series–and this creative team–can be counted on for thrilling and intelligent science fiction storytelling.

Divinity II #4 Review
Any time you get Trevor Hairsine drawing a big epic fight scene, it’s going to be a real treat. This issue was no exception.The verbal and physical sparring between Abram and Myshka crackles with passion and power.
The end of the story feels too easy.Things become a little dense once Dostoyevsky gets involved.
7.5Good
Reader Rating 1 Vote
8.9
  • NickV

    SPOILERS:
    So, these valiants are some of my favorite comics over the past 2 years so thank you for the in depth reviews.

    As for the ending, did Abram go back in time at some point and give Myshka the necklace? Or has he played with her memories so that she remembers an event that never happened? Or, is it both where he gives her the necklace and affects her memory so that she thinks she was begging when someone gave it to her?

    Also, who is it that speaks to her at the end when she is gardening?

    Thanks!

    • RamblingBeachCat

      1.) Thanks!

      2.) I’m pretty sure it was a combination of both. Either way, though, it felt a bit too simple/easy to me considering her strong nationalistic world view.

      3.) Can’t say for certain, but I think it was the last astronaut they left behind.

      • NickV

        Thanks, that is helpful! I agree that it was a little easy. It will be fun to see where we go in Divinity III and since I assume this peace is only momentary then I think it will feel more earned when it turns out be a short lived trick to keep her in check instead of a lasting solution. Keep up the good work!