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Eternity #1 Review: A brand new tale from Valiant

Eternity is the brand new series from Valiant revolving around Divinity.

Matt Kindt and Trevor Hairsine
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Eternity is the exciting new miniseries that sets up a brand new universe for Valiant Entertainment. The series is based around the character of Divinity who has appeared in previous Valiant works.

So what’s it about?

The official summary reads:

From the minds of New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (X-O MANOWAR, Mind MGMT) and blockbuster artist Trevor Hairsine (DIVINITY, X-Men: Deadly Genesis) comes an expedition into the Unknown. Beyond time… Beyond space… Beyond reality itself… ETERNITY awaits!

What’s the story?

The observer is dead. Struck down on the god platform. This leads the Eternity to seek out Myska and Abram as well as their child in Russia. There they are living as a family until their son goes missing when they wake up. Even when Abram uses his powers to search the known universe to find their son, it brings up nothing. So they make their way into the Unknown to find their son.

What was good and bad about it?

The issue starts immediately by introducing the reader to the main characters of the series and showing their family dynamic as well as showing that they’re more than human and close as a family unit. The main plot of the series is then set up by showing that the mysterious Observer has been killed. The reactions to the death show the reader that this is a big deal, as all the people who have found about it are very worried, and it allows them to take a trip to where they wouldn’t usually go. The writer also shows how powerful the main character Abram — also referred to as Divinity — is by showing that he can search the entire universe for his son. This also shows that the main character is going to have to deal with something that he does not want to face due to the narration by one of the members of The Eternity detailing how he left to be away from everything. This also does a good job setting up future conflict.

Some of what is happening may not be incredibly clear to newcomers to the character or Valiant as a whole, even though it’s a new series that’s intended to be a jumping point for new readers. It doesn’t take too much time fleshing out backstories with the only real dive into that being the narration by one of the members of The Eternity.

And the art?

The art is incredibly well drawn with a very colorful palette. One of the main colors used is blue which is present in nearly every panel of the issue. Blue is often used for cosmic type stories and the use of it primarily during the issue sets out that the story will be a very cosmic based one.

Eternity #1
Is it good?
Eternity is a good jumping on point for new readers, however it makes more sense with a little back reading into the character of Divinity.
Great art that gives the story the cosmic scale the writing strives for.
Sets up the family dynamic between the main characters well in the first few pages.
Brings the scale of what is happening in the story within the first few pages and through character reactions.
May not be completely clear without some prior knowledge of the character of Divinity.

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