Unity #1

Unity #1

Writer: Matt Kindt Artist: Doug Braithwaite Publisher: Valiant Comics Release Date: November 13, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 31 User Reviews: 7
8.6Critic Rating
8.7User Rating

To kill a king…he has created an army. The world’s most dangerous man, Toyo Harada, has been struck by the one thing he never thought possible – fear. Halfway across the globe, a new power threatens to topple modern civilization and, to preempt the cataclysm that is to come, Harada will unite the most unforgiving team the world has ever known – UNITY. Their mission: defeat the threat responsible for the destruction of MI-6, the decimation of an alien world, and the occupation of Eastern Europe… Unseat the warrior king armed with the universe’s most powerful weapon… Kill X-O Manowar!

  • 10
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Nov 3, 2013

    The war has begun, and there will be blood. Unity has arrived. This is one series launch that you shouldn't miss. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Unleash The Fanboy - Russell Johnson Nov 8, 2013

    Valiant has done it again and added to their already impressive stable of books with Unity. This is a new kind of team book and brings a diverse and complex group from Valiant's Universe to readers who are looking for something fresh in the world of comics. This is a great read with a bright future. If you needed a reason to pick up a Valiant title the Unity is it. Once you read this you'll want to go back and see what you've been missing. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Nov 11, 2013

    The thing about the storyline here is I'm fascinated about how they're going to resolve this situation that's been created for Aric and what the repercussions of this will be in the X-O Manowar comic. If you read only 1 Valiant comic, this would be a great one to jump on board with. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Nov 13, 2013

    You can't walk into a comic shop without seeing issues containing crossovers. They're all around but Valiant gives it a different approach. This is a story that anyone can easily jump right into. The stakes are high and it's made perfectly clear within the first few pages. Matt Kindt builds up the action and suspense as the story progresses and Doug Braithwaite's art is top notch. Many comic book crossovers have an almost flamboyant feel. UNITY is a more than just an event - it has the makings of a great story. There's no flashy gimmicks necessary. With a focus on that story and the characters, you know we'll be treated right with what is delivered. Do yourself a favor and pick up this issue to find out what you've been missing. Read Full Review

  • 10
    All-Comic - Tyler Goulet Nov 14, 2013

    This team is quite possibly the best that Valiant has brought together to date. This was an issue to remember, and this is a series that demands your attention. If youre not reading anything Valiantprobably because youve been under a rockyou should do yourself a favor and go pick up Unity. This is going to be a crazy ride, no question. Kindt and Braithwaite have a lot of great characters at their disposal, but can any of them actually take down Aric and the X-O Manowar armor? Thirty days is far too long to wait for another issue. Take note, comic world; this is how you start a huge, universe cross-over. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Fortress of Solitude - Byron Hendricks Nov 2, 2013

    Unity #1 continues to show that Valiant is publishing some of the best books on the market. This is definitely living up to the hype that has been surrounding the title and it will surely receive a great following. Unity is the perfect blend of great story telling and illustration! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Analog Addiction - Jideobi Odunze Nov 8, 2013

    Unity #1 is the perfect entry point for new readers. You would not regret picking up this book and seeing for yourself why the launching of Valiant's first-ever superteam is that big of a deal. Not many from these books you can say disappoint and Unity #1 surely won't. Great plot, characterization, it's nothing short of visually stunning through the style of Doug Braithwaite. The penciling brings everything to life, the detail in their faces, and the environments which look very real. He sells every moment and that is why you will enjoy this book. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Nov 13, 2013

    This is a really good intro issue to a new series with adequate recap of characters and more importantly a clear understanding of the stakes at play. Without that the entire series would fall on plot and character, but here we've got the groundwork for something that could be truly epic. The art suits this type of story too. Bravo Valiant, looking forward to the rest of this series! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    We The Nerdy - Randy Z. Ochoa Nov 15, 2013

    Unity #1 is a powerhouse of an issue and is a great beginning to a series that promises, and delivers, great action, and a good time. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Nov 14, 2013

    Adding to that awesomeness is the supreme art being known as Doug Braithwaite. Unity #1 is freaking gorgeous. His sketchy, detailed style fills every panel to the brim. He never skimps on detail, finely crafting every building, tree and jet. The characters look fantastic and the action, oh the action. Put it this way - at one point X-o Manowar punches a dudes head off, and the head lights on fire and flies through a second dude. It's insane, but the kind of insanity that you can't help but love. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - kanchilr1 Nov 12, 2013

    Unity #1 has some twists and turns that will make this issue worth the wait. For those seeking the next organic movement of the Valiant Universe, or even a good comic book, look no further. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Forrest C. Helvie Nov 12, 2013

    Overall, I was impressed with the way in which this creative team was able to deliver solid, stand-alone comic using characters who have already begun re-establishing themselves in this universe. Moreover, I couldn't help but notice that this issue continued to deliver page after page of quality content as Unity #1 delivers an approximate 36 pages of solid story for the same price that many other publishers charge for only 22 pages " not a bad way to sweeten the deal. It also doesn't hurt that some of those pages include a short story from Robert Venditti and the artistic powerhouse Cary Nord (whose approach to the art in this story is both simple and yet exceptional) at the very end. So if you are someone who loves superhero comics or looking to try one out that is making itself open to new readers, Unity #1 is one title that shows a lot of promise. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Crux - Cal Cleary Nov 14, 2013

    Unity #1 does pretty much everything right. It manages to unite an incredibly disparate group of heroes and villains against another hero, all without betraying anything we know about them previously " and it does so in a surprisingly exciting first issue. I've seen, time and time again, so many 'team-up' books like this fall flat because they spent their entire first issue 'getting the gang together', a dramatically inert trope Kindt avoids by setting up an explosive situation and then forcing his characters (on all sides of the conflict) to react quickly and decisively. It checks off many of the plot points you'd expect to see in a book like this " with one darkly comic surprise excepted " but never feels rote. Indeed, Unity feels alive and vital in the best way possible. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Comic Canuck Nov 12, 2013

    Well, if you're looking for something new, that's packed with great art, writing and coloring from start to finish, then do your comic/geeky self a favor and pick up the first issue of Unity, from Valiant Comics. After just one issue, this is a series that delivers action, great characters and a hefty punch of comic goodness, that will leave you clamoring for issue two. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Peter Schmeiser Nov 20, 2013

    Unity #1 is full of intrigue, good writing and great art. Pick it up, and be counted as one of the readers who were there at the beginning of something great. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GoCollect - @octii_pies Nov 14, 2013

    Despite my lack of attachment to anyone in general or specifically, I do enjoy the story so far. I dont feel like I absolutely have to catch up on the X-O Manowar series to understand what is happening. This means that this issue successfully stood alone as its own unique piece of work. I know, I know. Unity and X-O are blasts from the past, technically, but this feels fresh. Definitely want to see what Unity has to bring to the table that Aric has so kindly flipped for them. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    CHUD - D.S. Randlett Nov 15, 2013

    Unity is a new step for a bold line of comics, and well worth checking out. Even for new readers. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geeked Out Nation - Philip Suson Nov 6, 2013

    Overall, this is a good comic. It has some problems, but it is only the first issue so they are usual. It is rare to get a perfect first issue with great characterization. This is especially true when you consider the number of characters that are introduced. This reviewer doesn't think the comic is as great as some of the early reviews have stated it is, but it is a good comic to read, especially if you are new to comics or the concept of the Unity title. Unity #1 will be available in stores and through digital distribution on November 13, 2013. Do you agree with this review? Please comment below, we love hearing from you. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Nov 13, 2013

    If you're a long time Valiant fan you'll be excited for this, and if you've wondered what you've been missing, this is a perfect issue to start with. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Shadowhawk's Shade - Abhinav Jain Nov 19, 2013

    So, first issue is off to a great start, and I'm really looking forward to the second issue next month. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Multiversity Comics - David Harper Nov 11, 2013

    Regardless of expectations and what the old Unity was, I thought this issue kicked ass. I loved the opening with the war-time blogger talking about how she became obsessed with the Man-O-War, as per usual Ninjak was tremendously badass, and this book acted as a really interesting counterpoint to Harbinger and Bloodshot, as it positions Toyo Harada as a"good guy? I think this issue does an incredible job of underlining how heavily in the gray areas of the world the Valiant universe exists in, and in the process tells an explosive, exciting story that should have ramifications all over the place. So I dug it big time. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bloody Disgusting - BigJ Nov 13, 2013

    “Unity” #1 lives up the hype and delivers a strong first issue. Kindt and Braithwaite already have readers on the edge of their seats in anticipation for the impending war between Toyo Haradas team of misfits and X-O Manowar and you dont want to miss a minute of this action. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Rob McMonigal Nov 14, 2013

    Matt Kindt's script is brutal, with the death toll climbing higher and higher as artist Doug Braithwaite draws detailed scenes of every destructive moment. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Taylor Lilley Nov 18, 2013

    Packaged up in a wealth of variant covers at cover price, and a recap page intrographic that should be industry standard, Unity is every bit as good a cape comic as anyone else has to offer, and cements Valiant's place alongside the major publishers. If you're crossover-fatigued, this might be your antidote. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson Nov 12, 2013

    Overall, this served as an eye-opening first foray into the world of Valiant, and a tremendously compelling first chapter in what promises to be a sprawling, epictale. Well worth checking out. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Nov 5, 2013

    "Unity" #1 for the most part succeeds at what it's meant to do; it's a simple, appealing, and accessible introduction to the Valiant Universe that welcomes new readers while entertaining existing ones, and starts to bring the four corners of this universe together, just as the original event did. It's entertaining enough to pick up the next issue, and even makes a good case for trying out some of Valiant's other titles, some of which are just as good if not better. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Den Of Geek! - Mike Cecchini Nov 12, 2013

    It's saying something when you can have this much action and set-up in a first issue and still have it be this entertaining. It's going to take a little time, I suspect, before we see the "real" Unity show up on the page, but that's alright. If any of the concepts you see here appeal to you, you're probably safe to check out books like Eternal Warrior, X-0 Manowar, or Harbinger. But if you're short on widescreen superhero team action (without any actual capes), Unity will do you just fine! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Nov 15, 2013

    Not bad at all, but not really my kinda comic. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Addicts - Anirudh Singh Nov 19, 2013

    If you are a Valiant fan, this one is a must. For newcomers it might feel a little half baked. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    GoCollect - @DocBenway Nov 14, 2013

    This is a great place for readers to jump into the Valiant universe and see whats up. Its a solid story with the potential to be a keystone book for the company, but the artwork needs to rise to the level of the writing. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Chris Romero Nov 15, 2013

    Valiant's crossover event, Unity, debuts with a mesh of its popular characters all thrown into a stew of action. As you would expect from an X-O Manowar driven cast, the book doesn't slack on punches, but it does have a stale taste to it in terms of originality. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Dandy Smiths Nov 17, 2013

    This was amazing! Valiant is putting out some incredible comics, perhaps the best in recent memory and this is in the top 10 single issues of their entire history. Loved the twist, the big 'kill' and the ending. The art was as good as anything from the big two and the writing was maybe better. Highly recommended but be warned I am a Valiant fan and may be a little biased.

  • 9.0
    AleSiryus Oct 4, 2016

    Italia - inizio di testata assolutamente entusiasmante! Disegni assolutamente fantastici. Per quanto riguarda la narrazione è veloce, ti porta a divorare pagina dopo pagina per sapere cosa sti progettando harada x fronteggiare la minaccia x-o manowar e la probabile guerra nucleare alle porte. Il primo tentativo è un completo fallimento, vediamo come proseguirà!

  • 8.5
    GreyMouser Nov 18, 2013

    . . . $4, 30pgs + 4 pg Prvw; all ADs @ back. . . . A very good issue that isn't quite what Valiant or the reviewers claim it to be. Its not an excellent jumping on point for the Valiant Universe, but it a pretty good one. I feel that a much of the 'catching up' still relies on previous issues,but its still serviceable. We DON'T get a crossover of the valiant books, instead we get B-characters & a couple main characters. The art is Excellent but the colors could have been a little better. There is a bit too much chatter time, but we are still served a good amount of action. Maybe a must read for Valiant readers, but 50/50 for the uninitiated. Still a lot of promise for this series.

  • 7.5
    the green death Nov 13, 2013

    Good not great first issue. Interesting characters and ideas and lots of action but it all feels a bit scattershot so far. I'll give it four issues and suspect ill be loving it rather than dropping it by that point.

  • 9.0
    sheldon-kerr Nov 21, 2013

  • 9.0
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  • 8.0
    Stallonelythelonely Nov 22, 2013

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