Imperium #3

Writer: Joshua Dysart Artist: Doug Braithwaite Publisher: Valiant Comics Release Date: April 8, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 6
8.8Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

A better world. By any means necessary. The devastating new series escalates with an all-new chapter by New York Times best-selling writer Joshua Dysart (HARBINGER) and
superstar artist Doug Braithwaite (ARMOR HUNTERS)!

The world-changing event snowballs over the cliff, as the world's most powerful man - billionaire superhuman Toyo Harada - saves the world at the tip of a sword. Harada is collecting monsters - starting with his pet instrument of death, Mech unstoppable robot engine of combat and warfare. But there's more to Mech Major than meets the eye...

  • 10
    Outright Geekery - Henry Starling Apr 5, 2015

    Wow! I am left reeling from this issue! I literally had to wait awhile before writing this review, otherwise it would've been a jumbled mess. The entire Valiant team hits another home run! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Adam Cadmon Apr 5, 2015

    This is a dark story, but to paraphrase a line from Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises", it is a necessary darkness. The story forces readers to confront concepts that tend to remain abstract in the real world; things like justice and morality, the ever-thinning line between human and machine consciousness " notions that carry huge emotional implications but that are rarely properly articulated. All great fiction does that, or so I'm told, and if that is the case, then Imperium succeeds in not only being a great comic book, but indeed a great work of artistic expression. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Valiant Central - Amy Okamoto Apr 8, 2015

    Imperium #3 is the strongest book in the series thus far. Rich character development, depth of feeling, and an engaging plot make this book a standout. Reading it was not unlike what Sunlight On Snow called his "algodonic state" " observing beauty and feeling sadness simultaneously. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - John F. Trent Apr 8, 2015

    The character development of Sunlight on Snow and Harada combined with Braithwaite's artwork made for an outstanding book. Sunlight on Snow's dilemma was highlighted not only through his own narration, but through the emergence of a new character with an extremely similar beginning but with a polar opposite nature. Dysart asked interesting questions on what it means to be alive and the difference between man and machine. The character development hid the slow build-up towards a convergent action sequence highlighting the excellent pacing. This was the best installment yet. I look forward to more of Sunlight on Snow! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Brady Steele Apr 8, 2015

    Harada continues to gather weapons to unleash upon the Valiant Universe. His arsenal gets more and more ominous each chapter. Imperium #3does a great job at thrusting the players into position to really scare the world. I really want to see them change it for the better no matter if people are ready for it or not. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Nerds Unchained - Jeremy Radick Apr 9, 2015

    This is Imperium's strongest, most heartfelt issue yet, and it's clear that Valiant and Dysart have an epic story they're telling that is willing to go interesting places and create compelling characters. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Latest Pull - Marcus Orchard Apr 10, 2015

    Imperium #3 throws deep concepts at its readers. It's a powerful read that sheds light on one of the series' most interesting characters. Joshua Dysart's writing is exceptional, while Doug Braithwaite's pencils are clean and unique. Those who want more depth to their comic books should definitely hop on this series. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Apr 8, 2015

    Imperium #3 continues putting character above plot and that is what works best for this series. We have not reached that climax yet, so getting to these big players introduced and introduced properly is a big thing. None have disappointed so far, so hopefully Broken Angel keeps our attention like Mech Major and those before him. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Aaron Halverson Apr 8, 2015

    The metaphor of 'connecting' extends throughout the issue. Whether it's Sunlight on Snow's inability to connect to a physical network of computers, or his inability to emotionally connect with his fellow Foundation members. The same goes for the captured Gravedog who betrays the HARD Corps, kills his teammates and surrenders himself to the enemy all in an attempt to connect with his own independence, or at least a group he doesn't have to feel bad about working for, only to be rigged and used by Harada. The assassin seed is another character who lacks a connection but this one causes it physical pain and brings on madness. Finally Harada doesn't seem to have a connection to anyone. The issue is very well written and complimented nicely with fantastic artwork. While the story doesn't really have any forward momentum towards those opening scenes in the first issue the characters and setting are interesting enough that I'm happy staying wherever they want to put me. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Tyler Goulet Apr 6, 2015

    Artistically, as well as from a story stand point,Imperium stands as one of the main pillars of Valiant and it will certainly come to challengeX-O Manowar for the throne and title of Valiant's crown jewel if it keeps up the momentum and quality of these first three issues. Major Mech is a winner, Gravedog is a winner, Imperium is a winner. Hell, anything Dysart touches is a winner and on top of that you have art like this? Forget about it.It can't be expressed or said enough: Valiant is producing books that youneed to be reading. It's really that simple andImperiumis just one more example of that. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Apr 15, 2015

    This is one of the rare times when I am more interested in the individuality of each character than the storyline as a whole. Morals, values, and even social interaction are big contributors to this book, and should be kept in mind while reading it. But overall, it’s a comic book; despite the fact that there are character shifts and themes to learn and all, it is meant to be enjoyed—I promise, you’ll enjoy it. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Geekality - Warren Fitzpatrick Apr 8, 2015

    As I noted, this isnt my normal, light reading fare. The story has a strong philosophical bent about life, what makes life, and what were willing to do to protect our way of life. It isnt funny, and it doesnt try to be, but it is a comic that you may want to read more than once, just to absorb the ideas presented. That, alone, is worth the cover price. Read Full Review

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