The Eternal Warrior is pretty wrathy, but is he still trudging through the god damned Underworld? It’s Wrath of the Eternal Warrior, up next on Is It Good?
Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #3 (Valiant Entertainment)
I’ll be honest, if they sell a hoodie with armor plating, I’ll buy one for the Zombiepocalypse.
Ok, let me start this by saying, that I like this book, and I’m glad when it comes out.
Having said that, if you remember one of the main points of criticism around the Lord of the Rings movies, it was that people were getting sick of two Hobbits… just walking. All the plot advancement seemed to be around the Hobbits, with dudes aragorning and gandalfing all over the joint, while the two fur-footed bastards just kept on trudging.
Unfortunately, that’s kind of the feeling of this issue.
Gilead, our wrathy friend, is still, STILL trying to get out of the underworld to go kick ass in the real world. Just like he was doing last issue, before the flashback. Oh, and issue 1, before the flashback.
HEY GILEAD ARE YOU…oh…you’re STILL killing red demon monsters. Guns though, nice. Nice.
This issue opens…with a flashback…and we’re once again led down a long list of almost torture porn injuries to Gilead, as he recalls the horror of being captured by the horde of demons between him and the Iron Door, the exit that removes him from Purgatory and puts him back in All Out of Bubblegum Land.
The President of Bubblegum Land.
Is It Good?
Yes, actually. Even though the first 14 pages are flashback, and the final 8 are new story, this is STILL A GREAT BOOK. I just need them to get us the hell moving a little here. Some comic book ex-lax, if you will.
Artwork, still grand, battlescenes, still very dismembery, and I’m still honestly invested in this book and want to see Gilead get out there and bust heads. I will give a shout-out to Allen and Martin’s layouts, because look at the beauty below:
The use of page layouts and panels in this book is fan-damntastic.
Like I said above, this is still a solid book, and with this type of attention to not only the artwork, but the perceived limitations of the “panel” structure, and how to make them pop like this – screw it, I’ll read a book that’s another flashback.
This gets a 7 from me. If Gilead was through the door in the first few pages, and we finally got a sense of the big evil he’s leaving his purgatory wife and kids to go toe to toe with, I think this would be an 8.5 or 9.
As he’s still hobbiting his face off, I’m going lower. I have faith that next issue, he’ll be through the damn first chapter, and on to the real story.