Eternal Warrior #1

Writer: Greg Pak Artist: Trevor Hairsine Publisher: Valiant Comics Release Date: September 11, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 20 User Reviews: 4
8.0Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

New York Times best-selling writer Greg Pak (Planet Hulk, Batman/Superman) and superstar artist Trevor Hairsine (X-O Manowar, X-Men: Deadly Genesis) launch a brand new campaign for Valiant's undying immortal champion, the Eternal Warrior, in an all-new monthly series!

Across five millennia and a thousand battlefields, Gilad Anni-Padda has traversed the darkest, most mysterious corners of the Valiant Universe. But the horror and bloodshed of constant warfare has finally taken its toll on the man myth calls the Eternal Warrior...and he has abdicated his duties as the Fist and the Steel of Earth for a quite life of seclusion. But wh more

  • 10
    The Galactus Agenda - J.R. Johnson Sep 12, 2013

    Eternal Warrior is dynamic on all fronts. It's upside is unimaginable. If the rest of the series carries the quality of the first, it's sure to be a runaway hit. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Unleash The Fanboy - Russell Johnson Sep 10, 2013

    This is another step forward for Valiant as they bring back the Eternal Warrior to their ever growing reassurance in comics. This story was far more intense and heart-breaking than I had anticipated but thoroughly enjoyed. This issue focused more on Gilad's human qualities more so than his immortality and it sets the right tone for this character. Eternal Warrior is off to a great start. It's complex, action packed and most importantly entertaining. Another great Valiant title with a ton of potential. My highest recommendation. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Newsarama - Forrest C. Helvie Sep 12, 2013

    I can't lie: this comic is gorgeous. Although I've never heard of Trevor Hairsine before reading this issue, he's on my radar now. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Gregg Katzman Sep 11, 2013

    The VerdirctDespite being 23 pages long, this issue felt like a super quick read and that just goes to show how thoroughly entertaining and gripping it is. When I was hit with the last page, I immediately wanted more. ETERNAL WARRIOR #1 is action-packed, well-written, and overflowing with potential. Yeah, you can bet I'm sticking around for the next issue and I strongly recommend you give this a shot, too. Consider this another victory for Valiant. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Sep 11, 2013

    Trevor Hairsine has done some incredible stuff for Valiant already, but this is his best work to date. He renders all the bloody violence with such fluid detail, it really is a sight to see. The gore barely takes a break as the issue barrels along. The action steals the show, but it's the smaller moments that he really nails. The subtle smile on the Eternal Warrior's face as the war rages around him. The look of pain on his face as loved ones die around him. It's beautiful stuff and the kind of thing that'll keep you coming back month after month. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Sep 12, 2013

    The thing I found most notable in this issue was the introduction of Gilad's daughter Xaran. I love this character. In my opinion she stole the show from her father. I'm not sure if it's that good a thing for her to be overshadowing the title character like that, but I am definitely excited to see what's going to happen next. You can't ask much more from a #1 issue than having me love the issue itself and also pre-selling me on #2. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Chris Romero Sep 13, 2013

    Eternal Warrior #1 is one of the best debut issues of the year, so be sure to add this one to your list this week. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Flip Geeks - Alvin Minon Sep 12, 2013

    Valiant's done a great job with this title. If you're interested in some no-cape superhero action (though Gilad sports some fancy hoodie-cloak), or ruthless beefcake action, or even surprising conflicts and twists, then this one's for you. Pak handling the immortal warrior's story is a sure killer already. And while the art kind of failed panels where there should be more emotional beat, I've seen Hairsine do better before in his previous works and I sure do hope he'd get into his rhythm for this title. Overall, it's a big debut for Gilad this title's already taken a spot in my comic list. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Multiversity Comics - David Harper and Brandon Burpee Sep 11, 2013

    For me, it really proved how much I care about the characters, as for the first time a real, genuine rift developed between Archer and Armstrong. It was heartbreaking to read, and it had beautiful art and hilarious story beats. Not much for me to not love here. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    CHUD - D.S. Randlett Sep 13, 2013

    While the first issue doesn't blow the doors off, it does introduce us to a different kind of superhero series in a different kind of superhero line. I keep being surprised by the quality of Valiant's output, which really is a lesson in everything the New 52 should have been, but I suppose it's about time to start taking it for granted. Like much else of the company's output as of late, Eternal Warrior is worth your time. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Booked - David Vandervliet Sep 11, 2013

    Eternal Warrior #1 is another feather in Valiant's cap. Valiant Comics has spent the last 16 months building a universe that is fully fleshed out. They didn't do that by rushing stories, and Eternal Warrior # 1 is no different. This first issue is paced to draw the reader into Gilad's world, and keep them engaged, while not overloading them on extraneous information or visuals. Valiant has perfectly paced the expansion of their shared universe, not overwhelming comic fans, but building a world that feels real, and consistent, but with a wide range of stories and genres to appeal to any reader. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Den Of Geek! - Mike Cecchini Sep 10, 2013

    Other than the last few pages of the book, Eternal Warrior #1 could almost stand completely on its own as a short story about the perils and tragedies of immortality. Anyone who remembers his time as writer on The Incredible Hercules should remember that Mr. Pak has a firm grasp of mythology, so telling a mythic, self-contained tale like this is probably as easy as breathing. You don't need to know a darn thing about the rest of the Valiant Universe to jump into Eternal Warrior #1, and this is as new reader friendly as it gets. Give it a shot and show your friends that there's more to superhero comics than just capes! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - kanchilr1 Sep 11, 2013

    This issue is put together in a fascinating manner by Hairsine and Pak that makes readers hungry for more content. As mentioned before in the review, this is not going to be an easy purchase for most people. Those seeking something different, in the form of a savage who actually thinks about his actions should examine this title. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Steve Paugh Sep 11, 2013

    I have to say, that while I was never a fan of the original Valiant title back in the 90s, I really enjoyed Eternal Warrior #1, and for the first time ever, am quite happy to cross swords with a barbarian book on the regular. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    We The Nerdy - Topher Bostick Sep 23, 2013

    Over all this is a solid book with the potential to epic. Let's just hope that Pak take some risks and give us a story we haven't seen before. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Nat Webb Sep 13, 2013

    The publisher's dedication will be the ultimate test for "Eternal Warrior." It has a bit of a rocky start, but it shows a lot of promise. I'm a big fan of Greg Pak, and like everybody else I really want to see him teaming up with Fred Van Lente again now that they're both playing in the Valiant Universe. This book could be awesome, depending on whether it can get over its first-issue awkwardness and give itself the room it needs to really explore the inner life of its title character. And more Trevor Hairsine art of him chopping off people's arms. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Sep 11, 2013

    Eternal Warrior #1 is proof that Valiant is doing many things right and making strong choices. Pak's rock solid script sets up some interesting situations to build on going forward. The artwork is not the best we've seen from Hairsine, but shows promise for the action heavy aspects of this book going forward. This is a solid debut for a series I will be following to see where Pak takes us next. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Bloody Disgusting - BigJ Sep 17, 2013

    Valiant has done it again by reviving a classic character in “Eternal Warrior” and giving it a modern twist to make it relevant to today readers. “Eternal Warrior” is packed with enough fast paced action, plot twists, and sword-swinging to keep readers hungry for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Barron Network - Robber Barron Sep 11, 2013

    I just cant see this being a series that I will continue to pick up. This may seem harsh but after one issue I will be shelving this one. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    All-Comic - Nick Rowe Sep 10, 2013

    The dynamic within the Eternal Warrior family holds some interesting possibilities for the future. Given Pak and Harsine are doing a bit of world building their conflict will be exciting to see unfold. This first issue was definitely a good start, but its lasting impact was lacking. A well defined world and characters may have been established, and a core conflict alluded to, beyond those details the read was hollow. Read Full Review

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