Published on November 13th, 2017 | by Kevin Given0
Review: Eternity #1
This issue opens in Ugra National Park in Russia. A baby is playing with his father in a log cabin while dinner is being prepared. Not your traditional action-packed opening. The baby is put to bed and we cut to an unknown area where we witness the murder of the “Observer.” The observer’s world is in chaos. No one knows what to do without their beloved observer. It’s the Eternals meets New Gods as we witness the birth of a new world within the valiant universe.
Matt Kindt is clearly a Jack Kirby reader and probably followed his career even after he left Marvel and DC. Not to say he copied the King’s work, but you can see a clear influence on this world he has created for Valiant. The issue brings what appears to be a normal family with a young baby only to show us that they are far from an ordinary every day couple. This issue is an unrestrained journey into a race that is far more advanced than they initially appear. Not many answers in this issue, mostly questions. Who was the Observer and why does his death impact the entire world? Who was the couple at the beginning of this story and what is unique about their baby? Why was a cultic off shoot of this world exiled to Australia? It’s a great set-up for what could be an epic tale with clear religious and scientific connotations. I loved it.
Trevor Hairsine clearly enjoys creating alien creatures and gives us no shortage of strange looking beings in this unusual setting. The opening splash page tells us that this ain’t earth (though earth clearly plays a part in this saga.) The universe displayed here is breathtaking and the characters are realistically rendered even though most of them are clearly not real creatures, but they blend in so well with humans that no one thinks twice about it. This is great stuff! I haven’t read a good sci-fi/fantasy saga in a long time. Some excellent art work draws us into this unique universe and makes it worth the trip.
We don’t learn much about the workings of this universe in the opening issue, it’s all set-up. But the set-up is excellent and will make any fan of the Valiant universe wanting more. I highly recommend this title to any science fiction fan, even those who don’t read comic books. **** (8.7 rating)
Writer – Matt Kindt
Art – Trevor Hairsine
Colors – David Baron
Letters – Dave Lanphear
Publisher – Valiant Entertainment
Publication date – November 2017