Imperium #2

Writer: Joshua Dysart Artist: Doug Braithwaite Publisher: Valiant Comics Release Date: March 4, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 7
8.8Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

A psychic dictator, an inhuman robot, a mad scientist, a murderous alien and a super powered terrorist are about to try and take over the world...

And you're going to be rooting for them every step of the way.


  • 10
    Comic Vine - Gregg Katzman Mar 4, 2015

    IMPERIUM is pretty much everything I'd want from a Valiant title. It's embracing elements from the creative universe, offers a smart script and has visuals that match the story's tone so well. Not many books can balance character and huge action, but IMPERIUM does it with ease. It's the kind of book that drops a whole lot of exposition for new readers but does it in a way that won't bother pre-existing fans at all because it feels like natural dialogue and, more importantly, it doesn't get in the way of moving the story and its characters forward. Do the right thing and add this title to your pull list. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Outright Geekery - Henry Starling Mar 2, 2015

    To sum things up, this issue is fantastic. The tension is built up to critical levels. Harada has the entire world's attention. It also shows what and who we are willing to trust in order to achieve a successful mission. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Valiant Central - Amy Okamoto Mar 4, 2015

    Imperium #2 is my pick for book of the week. Great character development, interesting plot lines, and strong visuals make this an enjoyable read. The implications of and theories about this book are going to keep its fans excited for the next installment. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Hulking Reviewer - Kareem Ali Mar 6, 2015

    Imperium #2 is a prime example of why this series has been so engrossing as it combines great storytelling with perfectly timed action. The first issue showed Harada's vision from the viewpoint of psiots while this issue deals with how his vision has influenced even nonpsiots. From the moment it addressed the impact of arms sales on children in conflict zones to the final page, this issue was riveting with its series of events. Gravedog is an exciting character operating in the gray area, and fits perfectly with the tone of this series. I can't wait to see how the shocking turn of events at the end of this issue play out next issue. It's just that good. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Zac Thompson Mar 4, 2015

    Mr. Steele enjoys all things comics and imagination-based. Using his lifetime of comic-fu-dom for good, he imparts his knowledge for the universe to enjoy and for you, dear readers, to pass it on. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Unleash The Fanboy - Russell Johnson Mar 3, 2015

    Imperium #2 turns on a dime at the end of the issue and, quite frankly, as a reader I shouldn't have been surprised, given Dysart's track record, but I most certainly was. The first two issues of this series has crammed so much information, mistrust, deceit and drama that readers are pulled in a tug of war of loyalties but the story never suffers and is better off in the long run. If you like your heroes and villains explicitly defined in terms of good and bad Imperium #2 may drive you mad. But if you simply love great storytelling, grand action and incredibly interesting characters, don't miss this book. It's as good as any Valiant book has been of late and I dare say it's better. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Mar 4, 2015

    Imperium #2 was a step up from the first issue which is a good sign for the series. This series has proven to put characterization above action and that works when we are introduced to characters worth caring for. Gravedog has a lot to offer and surely you want to see more involvement from him in the bigger picture after this issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Nerds Unchained - Jeremy Radick Mar 5, 2015

    Valiant continues to have a winner on its hands with Imperium, and if it can continue to take a familiar story in this more nuanced and original direction, then it'll be one to watch for sure. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Tyler Goulet Mar 2, 2015

    Dystart, Braithwaite and McCaig impress once again andImperium easily vaults itself amongst the top books at Valiant. The slight confusion with the H.A.R.D. Corps is forgivable, in the end, and even the lack of Harada is forgivable simply based on how good the rest of this book is. There were some surprises, some fantastic art and some excellent character work all packed into one issue that easily surpasses the vast majority of other books on the shelf. Beating the same old drum here, but you need to get yourself out to a comic shop (digital or otherwise) and pick up another great Valiant series Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Aaron Halverson Mar 4, 2015

    Imperium effectively uses an original idea to tell a story and doesn't try to bend a story around a rigid construct of ideas. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    AIPT - John F. Trent Mar 4, 2015

    Braithwaite's action sequences quicken the pace and get your blood flowing. It is chaotic with many things happening at once, but at the same time is focused and on point. Dysart struggles to balance the heady philosophical discussions with the quick paced action, instead choosing to give them to us in large separate doses. Read Full Review

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