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Eternal Warrior #3 - War on the Gods! Review

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What has Xaran done to cause such turmoil between the Houses? All is revealed in this issue.

The Good

And so begins Eternal Warrior's mythos. Greg Pak spent the last two issues introducing us to Gilad's mystic world and threw a lot our way, but it was doing just that: establishing the basics. There were still a lot of questions to be answered and, in this issue, Pak goes all in and takes massive steps to flesh out this crazy world consisting of various Gods. Fascinating developments are made and the cliffhanger... well, let's just say it'll definitely keep you around to see what happens next.

This dark story of Gods, death and betrayal isn't all gloom and doom, though. Pak manages to throw some levity into the pages here and there. It's never enough to hinder the tone of the book or interrupt the narrative's progression -- it's just enough to put a smile on your face right before diving back into the violent fictional world. I don't quite know why, but the classic "cut away right before the hero slaughters a bunch of bad guys and then only reveal the sounds of chaos" tactic never gets old.

It's Gilad's name slapped across the cover, but this one's all about Xaran. We'll finally see what she's been up to this entire time and it's wildly entertaining (unintentional pun, I swear). Not only that, but it also grants Pak an organic way to unveil all of the elaborate details behind this expanding universe. Sure, it's a lot of exposition all at once, but it comes off as natural since it's something Gilad needs to know.

The Bad

Trevor Hairsine's sketchier and grittier art works well with the more chaotic and darker scenes, but in calmer and more character-driven moments, certain aspects of his character designs become a bit distracting -- most notably the eyes. This becomes even more transparent when the book makes a transition to a much smoother style and then returns back to Hairsine. Additionally, another artist chimes in later on and the transition is abrupt and there's a significant drop in detail. Long story short, it's really noticeable and the fact it happened mid-scene doesn't help.

Minor gripe: the monster brutes from the Death Cult were ridiculously tough to drop in issue #1, so I couldn't help but tilt my head when Xaran drops one with a slash through the torso.

The Verdict

While it's not as action-packed or as exciting as the other issues, Pak dedicates the vast majority of this one to answering numerous questions we've had and even creating a few new ones. The writer's creativity is on overdrive as he continues to grow the fantasy world around Gilad while never really neglecting character development, either. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing where this all goes.

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Posted by Cap10nate

This is definitely a series to watch. Pak is doing a great job building the mythos and carving out a niche for Gilad in the Valiant universe.

Edited by AllStarSuperman

I cant wait, this is my most anticipated issue for the week

Posted by CaptainHoopla

Excellent story telling here. My gripe is the same each issue, Hairsine's art just isn't for me. Will stick with it through the end of the arc next issue, not sure after that. Too many other books fighting for my money.

Edited by TheAcidSkull

It makes so much sense that Greg Pak is writing this series that it's ridiculous. It just fits him perfectly. I can't really describe how much fun it is to read this. I love the fact that Greg embraces the concept of humans Vs Monsters and provides us with a great story as well as great action sequences( Though this issue wasn't action oriented). Gilad seems like a great character, his motives and personality is amazing and intriguing. Oh, and I love Xarin, she's absolutely a badass.

I didn't have a problem with the art as much as you though, I guess the transitions between the flash-backs and the present day didn't seem as bothersome to me. Speaking of which I really love Trevors' art, it's dark, gritty and fits well with the tone. The story-telling by Diego Bernard was superb IMO, and while Xarin slicing through the Monsters was slightly off, I can forgive it because it gave us this amazing Panel.

Edited by AllStarSuperman

Excellent story telling here. My gripe is the same each issue, Hairsine's art just isn't for me. Will stick with it through the end of the arc next issue, not sure after that. Too many other books fighting for my money.

artist changes next arc.

Posted by AllStarSuperman

This is definitely a series to watch. Pak is doing a great job building the mythos and carving out a niche for Gilad in the Valiant universe.

finally got this issue, it was awesome. I love how the art switches in the flashback scenes, only probable is when you go back to the normal art.