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Unity #10 Review

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Can the team hinder the Armor Hunters' mission by taking down GIN-GR?

The Good

UNITY seems to be the place where Valiant can just have a whole lot of fun throwing some of its most familiar faces into crazy scenarios and watch how they handle themselves in all kinds of action. This issue definitely has a good amount of that, but there's a surprising amount of emotion behind it, too. Thanks to some impressive visuals (art by Stephen Segovia, colors by Matt Milla), the opening sequence is a nice change of pace for the series and takes a sci-fi heavy turn as it focuses on one of the Armor Hunters' origin story and has an organic link back to the main narrative. This space scene hits you with a panel that's sure to drain you of your empathy, even if this is your first experience with GIN-GR. The face they create just shatters your heart. In an issue with so much action and destruction, that small moment is likely to be the one that impacts you the most.

It's no surprise that Ninjak gets a chance to show off how talented and formidable he is -- and it's most certainly an awesome sequence -- but writer Matt Kindt wisely uses this display of badassery to also hit us with the weight of the publisher's big event. Sure, seeing Ninjak flip around, stab and utilize new weaponry is all kinds of cool -- especially thanks to Segovia and Milla's handling of each motion and attack -- but the bit is also used to add more weight and heartbreak to the situation. There's some really impactful panels and it's great to see that doesn't just fade away immediately after the action sequence has concluded. We've watched these characters go through a lot and shrug it off, but the way this dark action scene is handled really allows it to sink in and showing a character reflect on the horrific thing that just went down was hugely appreciated. It's far too often these characters come off as cliche, unstoppable badasses, so it's welcome to see them hit with more humanizing moments from time to time.

The Bad

Just so you know, this isn't very new reader friendly. Sure, there's a fine opening page and enough exposition to make it technically serve as a jumping on point, but if you're not following the event, you won't get a full appreciation for what's going on, especially with GIN-GR. Also, as much as I love having a team-up with Ninjak and Eternal Warrior, their roles are beginning to fall into a pattern. Gilad gets a chance to do something remotely cool -- he does or doesn't and it may or may not have a flashback sequence first -- and then Ninjak does something way cooler. Look, I love Ninjak and I'm thrilled to see him doing some seriously impressive things and even get some character beats, but it would great to see Gilad shine more frequently. He's feeling severely underused and has yet to get any real depth in this series (aside from flashbacks).

The Verdict

UNITY #10 offers thrilling action that's back-up by some solid artwork and a surprising amount of heart. Kindt has thrown these characters right into Valiant's latest big event and the end result is a legitimately exciting and even slightly emotional experience. Even completely new readers will be moved by the intro and the creative team does an effective job showing us just how much this event is impacting ordinary people and not just immortal soldiers and slick ninjas. It may not feel like a mandatory read, but it's definitely something worthy of your time and attention.

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Posted by AllStarSuperman

Armor Hunters and Unity in the same day? wierd.

So...... grumble grumble Matt Kindt, grumble grumble biased, grumble grumble disrespectful.

My work here is done.

Posted by TommytheHitman

Yeah it is a bit annoying seeing Eternal Warrior being deeply underused. Especially since there's so much potential that could be done with him. At the moment I'm really wondering what he actually brings to team:

X-O Manowar - The Tank. Indestructible and Super Strong.

Livewire - Able to communicate with technology. VERY useful.

Ninjak - Badass Ninja. Master of stealth, fighting and tactics.

Bloodshot - Healing Factor, Dozens of guns and weapons. Has untapped potential due to Nanites.

Eternal Warrior - ...has quite a few weapons? Wait that's Bloodshot. Skilled fighter? Wait... Ninjak? Strong? Not as strong as X-O...

You're right Katzman his only asset to the team is cool flashbacks. Then again whenever I see Ninjak have an epic moment I want to cheer.

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Posted by AllStarSuperman

At the moment I'm really wondering what he actually brings to team:

Right? Its like he is just a watered down everybody mixed together. He is supposed to be the wise and knowledgeable badass immortal that takes no sh!t from anyone. But in this series he is a passive old fart, that its stuck in the BC times considering he only carries an ax.

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@allstarsuperman

It kinda sucks. There's so many times he could have awesome scenes. For example in the last issue of Unity (issue 9) we got a badass scene for about 2 pages where Ninjak flips all around one of those dog creatures and saves a small child before killing the thing. It was epic! Then we got about... a panel where Eternal Warrior fires a Sniper Rifle (using bullets that Ninjak created) and kills the thing. ...maybe a bit more balance between the two?

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@tommythehitman said:

@allstarsuperman

It kinda sucks. There's so many times he could have awesome scenes. For example in the last issue of Unity (issue 9) we got a badass scene for about 2 pages where Ninjak flips all around one of those dog creatures and saves a small child before killing the thing. It was epic! Then we got about... a panel where Eternal Warrior fires a Sniper Rifle (using bullets that Ninjak created) and kills the thing. ...maybe a bit more balance between the two?

No, that was actually handled well, Ninjak says to use the superpowerful bullets, Gilad ignores him and shoots a normal bullet through, a weak spot, the eye and the bullet goes out of the other eye and into the next dog's throat, it was pretty cool IIRC.

EDIT Nevermind you're right, he does use the bullet from Ninjak considering they explode the second dog, that's just great....

Posted by micah

Love this series. Only wish Eternal Warrior proved more of his worth to the team.

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@allstarsuperman

Would have been cool if he tried taking an axe to the dog... thing. Or maybe not. Maybe he could be the guy who gets the civilians to safety and always puts himself in harms way to protect others. Maybe that's what he could do... but nope. He's stuck in the "Cool but useless" category.

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Posted by Fallschirmjager

Did we just see Robot sex in the first couple pages? lol

Posted by AllStarSuperman

Did we just see Robot sex in the first couple pages? lol

I believe we did, it was weird.

@k4tzm4n

Gilad gets a chance to do something remotely cool -- he does or doesn't and it may or may not have a flashback sequence first -- and then Ninjak does something way cooler.

What are you referring to here? Where he just sits with a rifle but never uses it and lets Ninjak go through the trouble of killing it in 5 pages as opposed to him being able to kill 2 in one page? Yeah I thought it kinda made this issue a waste by wasting that much time. These Armor Hunter tie ins are kinda pointless.

Seriously though, like a 12,000 year old warrior can't handle an explosion and decides to fly a plane instead.