Divinity II #1

Writer: Matt Kindt Artist: Trevor Hairsine Publisher: Valiant Comics Release Date: April 20, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 23 User Reviews: 11
8.8Critic Rating
9.2User Rating

The much-anticipated follow-up to the five-time sold-out series that The Onion/A.V. Club calls the "Best New Superhero of 2015" is here! The acclaimed creative team returns for a perfect new jumping-on point into the expansive sci-fi saga that shook the world!

At the height of the Cold War, the Soviet Union - determined to win the Space Race at any cost - green lit a dangerously advanced mission. They sent three cosmonauts farther than anyone has gone before or since. Handpicked orphans with no connections to Earth, trained as devout Communists, and restricted from having families, they became lost in the stars and encountered someth more

  • 10
    ComicList - Richard Gratton May 7, 2016

    To say that any story that leaves you wanting more is a good story would be stating the obvious, but one that drags you from the opening image to the final panel at a breakneck pace like a roller coaster with its slow, foreboding climbs and breathtaking plummets leading to an all-too quick finish that leaves you breathless, but dying to take another turn, is creative genius. Divinity II #1 takes you on a journey that will pull you through the highs and lows of one woman's struggle from the street to the edge of the universe and back, all the while remaining true to her mission. It is truly a fantastic read. I personally can't wait for issue #2. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny Hughes Apr 20, 2016

    Divinity II has started well. I like the whole idea of the series and at some point, you would assume that there is going to be showdown between Valetina and Abram. The second issue sees an appearance of a certain Valiant hero, which I think may affect the story in one of two ways. I find the inclusion of the book into the Valiant universe surprising as the book feels like it's set apart. Still if anyone can coral the different textures, it is Matt Kindt. Read Full Review

  • 10
    All-Comic - Jesse Izdepski Apr 18, 2016

    Divinity II is an artistic masterpiece that literally (and figuratively) takes readers to another world! It is a phenomenal expansion of the Valiant Universe, and 100% worth the time of new and old readers. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Pastrami Nation - Nolan Smith Apr 25, 2016

    Kindt writes a story far darker than the previous Divinity, but nonetheless, knocks it out of the park. To put someone with Miska's powers in the hands of Russian President Vladimir Putin, I can only imagine the battles that will come out of this: with Adams, but also with the modern Valiant heroes like X-O Manowar. Divinity II shows the brutal nature behind Valiant's latest superpower, and crafts one of the best debut issues to hit in 2016. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Broken Infinite - Frank Rodriguez Apr 19, 2016

    Kindt, Hairsine, Wynn and Baron knock the ball out of the park. This book is a solid first issue that sets up a lot while getting us a very strong picture of Valentina Volkov and her driving forces. The art is simply beautiful, with an array of perspectives, solid line work and color. And the story is gripping. Kindt really grasps his strengths with character development and kicks off this miniseries with a bang. We don't have a typical lead in Valentina, which makes the book that much more gripping. Kindt even makes this book extremely accessible by mentioning Abram, but needing his story to be a focal point here. The book is full of depth, mystery, intrigue and a character that is relateable, even if you disagree with her perspective. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Project-Nerd - Erica Apr 29, 2016

    The overall effect the creators of Divinity IIhave achieved is commendable. The piece grasps readers immediately with both a strong storyline and visual experience. The narrative presents great adventure while also building a believable backstory that clearly accounts for Valentia's motivations. Simply put, the character development is truly dynamic and will easily ensure readersinvest into Valentina and her story to come. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Brett I Apr 21, 2016

    Valiant continues to add quality to their line with this sequel series. The creative team on this book is firing on all cylinders, and you will not want to miss it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck May 30, 2016

    It's a strong start to the series, with interesting groundwork being laid for future events. Recommended! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bounding Into Comics - John F. Trent Apr 19, 2016

    Divinity II #1 is an excellent starting point for Valentina Volkov. Matt Kindt and Trevor Hairsine give us a pretty in-depth character origin detailing who she is and more importantly why she does the things she does, the foremost reason being her utter commitment to the Russian state. There are some minor art, story, and writing issues, but nothing that should prevent you from picking this book up! Kindt and Hairsine have created the new Communist threat with Valentina Volkov. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - Nick Nafpliotis Apr 19, 2016

    So yeah, that ending might have worked as a publicity stunt, but it also stuck the landing, making this a gem of an opening issue. I'm all types of excited now to see what happens when hen Volkov and Abrams meet again"and Russia's real life leader/force of nature makes the meeting happen. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - Karcossa Apr 24, 2016

    Divinity II starts stronger than the previous series did, and I can't wait to see how this story plays out over the next three issues. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Apr 20, 2016

    Divinity II #1 puts the drama back into superhero drama in grand fashion. Though packaged as a science fiction yarn with engrossing visuals, Matt Kindt, Trevor Hairsine, Ryan Winn, and David Baron take the genre and warp it to include themes of responsibility to the state, self-actualization, and cold logic in the face of death. Divinity II #1 shows what superhero comic books can be when they are given a chance to be something more than what they are expected to be, much like Valentina Volkov herself. Underestimate this debut at your own peril. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - Alex K Cossa Apr 24, 2016

    Divinity IIstarts stronger than the previous series did, and I can't wait to see how this story plays out over the next three issues. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Hulking Reviewer - Kareem Ali Apr 19, 2016

    Divinity II #1 is an engrossing issue that deepens the mythology in terms of re-examining the situation responsible for imbuing these individuals with incredible power. It doesn't shed more light on the entity that gave them this power aside from Valentina and Kazmir's theories but the character development gives a fresh take on the aftermath. Valentina's backstory and current view of the world and what needs to be done opens up the door to a new, exciting chapter in Valiant's cosmic universe as well as the Earth. I can't wait to see more. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Ken Godberson III Apr 18, 2016

    All-in-all, the creative team of "Divinity" have returned strongly. Valentina's story and character is similar enough to Abram but those differences are major differences. If the book keeps up the intrigue it created here, "Divinity II" can be another hit. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    SnapPow.com - John McCubbin Apr 21, 2016

    Divinity II #1 gets this latest series off to a brilliant start, with Valentina Volkov proving to be just as intriguing as Abram Adams. In addition to this, the creative team would do a marvelous job of creating a fresh, yet familiar premise, with the narration and pacing of the issue being perfect. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Apr 20, 2016

    As story and character driven as the first volume of Divinity. Divinity II #1 is the start of a new sci-fi saga that will rock the foundation of the Valiant Universe in a way they can't imagine when Valentina will possibly do all the things you know they fear Abram is capable of as pretty much a god. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    PopOptiq - Anthony Spataro Apr 20, 2016

    Memories of the past are something that has moulded Valentina into the person she has become. Kazmir asks Valentina about the necklace he has always seen her wear, wondering where she got it from. Valentina can't quite remember where or when she got the necklace from, yet she acknowledges its importance to her childhood. Memories of the past are often kept within objects like Valentina's necklace and will play an interesting part in the direction that Valentina's journey is taking. The danger of living in the past can affect ones acceptance of changes occurring around the world and is sure to be an intriguing aspect on the decisions Valentina makes as Divinity II continues. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Jason Laframboise Apr 27, 2016

    The story was well written and flowed nicely to the conclusion. It is the opener so I am not sure where this one is going yet, but Matt Kindt on Valiant books has not let me down. There was a lot to unpack in this issue and there will probably a lot more to come next month. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek-O-Rama - Rick Jun 2, 2016

    Somehow writer Matt Kindt takes a story set in the present day (always a dicey prospect in comics) and featuring a superhero team with ninjas (gag), plus some drab "secret Russian space program" bits, and crafts it into an unbelievable narrative whose protagonists feel truly human even as they wield unbelievable powers. In this instance at least, I place Matt Kindt firmly on the same level as Alan Moore or Frank Miller, with extra props for his succinctness: where Moore would have used ten words, Kindt uses three. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Outright Geekery - John Frizzelle May 4, 2016

    Kudos to VALIANT and the entire team of DIVINITY II, #1. Thanks for a book with zero missteps, just solid groundwork from beginning to end leaving one with a little twinkle in the eye wondering, WANTING to know what comes next! And if you're wondering why I didn't go the whole 5/5 route, it's just that I can never fully embrace the whole, "and then suddenly, mysteriously she had powers", origin story. It seems too easy. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Outright Geekery - Eric Ogar Baumgard Apr 19, 2016

    Overall I think this was a decent first issue, just a bit of a slow one. However, based on the explosive success of the first Divinity story and Matt Kindt's superior storytelling, I think this will end up being another great book. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Apr 20, 2016

    "Divinity II" #1 is a worthwhile continuation of Kindt and Hairsine's concept and a compelling expansion of what they established in the first series. The creators deftly dance around repetitiously retelling the same story with characterization that makes it fresh all over again. Read Full Review

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