Valiant Entertainment 2019
Written by Paul Levitz
Illustrated by MJ Kim
Coloured by Ulises Arreola
Lettered by Simon Bowland
The Visitor’s origin revealed!? As the unkillable assassin continues hunting his targets, the fate of the future begins to come into focus.
Oh I am loving this book! There are moments throughout that make you shake your head and double and triple check what you saw and read to make sure it wasn't a mistake. Paul shows us why he's still one of today's most accomplished writers and I couldn't be any more thrilled by this. Also I really am enjoying seeing how someone can be prejudiced based on culture because it really isn't something we see that often, at least not in this manner. Of course there's more at play here and by turning to the Americans they've opened a can of worms that they will have to explain at some point.
I think the way that this is being told is extremely well handled. The story & plot development that we see through how the sequence of events unfold as well as how the reader learns information is presented sensationally. There is some nice layering happening here and we can multiple characters each with their own agenda and one who just wants to do her job. The way we see things happening we may not notice how intricate the layering really is. The character development is phenomenal and the more the we see them the more we get to know them and our opinions keep changing just like they would in real with the more we learn. The pacing is superb and as it takes us through the pages revealing the twists and turns along the way it helps to create this dynamic ebb & flow.
This is full of those awkward moments and delicious tension that gives you pause. You pause because you don't know what is going to pop out at you but you need to turn the page to find out what's going to pop out at you. This level of engagement as well as how Paul takes us off-script is phenomenally well achieved. Also as I think about it all these moving parts are like the inner working of a clock, each separate piece and yet continually working together in sync to create something greater as a whole. Coincidentally this is also the way that the entire creative team works together.
The interiors here are utterly marvellous to behold. The linework is mindbogglingly good and it shows such a strong and steady hand as the varying weights create this quality and level of detail. I am super impressed with how we see backgrounds utilised here and how they are utilised within the composition in the panels to bring us depth perception, scale and that overall sense of size and scope. As I sit here looking at this I really am awed by the linework and just how well we see this attention to detail it's really beautiful. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels show a masters eye for storytelling. The colour work is done with aplomb. The work really is divine and how we see the various hues and tones within the colours to create the shading, highlights and shadows is amazing.
I expect a lot from Valiant and this exceeds the standards I have placed on them. The way that the story keeps unfolding and introducing new elements as one are revealed keeps this so mesmerising. Then there are moments like when Talia was examining the blood that are well you can see for yourself but damn. Also I am dying to know more about this Visitor and how human it is because that love affair he had I want to see more of. This is the hot now series and if you aren't reading it then you're missing out on one of the truly great reads.