The Valiant #2

Writer: Matt Kindt, Jeff Lemire Artist: Paolo Rivera Publisher: Valiant Comics Release Date: January 21, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 14
9.1Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

From comic book superstars Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt, and Paolo Rivera - the year's most epic new adventure ratchets up the stakes as Bloodshot is drafted into the eons-old war against mankind's oldest, darkest enemy!

The Immortal Enemy has crawled out from the black depths of history to destroy this generation's Geomancer and send Earth back to the Dark Ages! Now...the Eternal Warrior, Ninjak, and Kay McHenry must overcome their worst nightmares before the unlikeliest of white knights rides in to save the day. Will he be enough to battle back the unyielding evil that threatens to plunge the Valiant Universe into the darkness?

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - F.D. White Jan 22, 2015

    I'll be honest and say, I've never been too knowledgeable about the Valiant universe. Many of the characters I've only seen in cursory glances at my local comic shop. However, with a stellar team of Matt Kindt, Jeff Lemire, & Paolo Rivera leading the way, The Valiant is one of the most exciting and downright creepy comics on the market. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Outright Geekery - Henry Starling Feb 14, 2015

    The Valiant is shaping up to alter what we currently know as the Valiantverse. What's in the box? What does Neville have planned? Will the team up of all the known Valiant heroes be needed in order to stop The Immortal Enemy? I, for one, am excited to find out. Read Full Review

  • 10
    All-Comic - Tyler Goulet Jan 19, 2015

    Oh, and make sure you spend some time with the commentary at the end of the book. Not only some great insight into how the book was made, but very cool art made from pencils to finished product. Definitely dont overlook this stuff. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Shadowhawk's Shade - AJ Jan 27, 2015

    Paolo Rivera is the artist here with Joe Rivera assisting and Dave Lanphear on the letters. The art here is pretty killing. The artists have a pretty good sense of how to best portray the characters, whether they are standing around talking or doing some sort of an action scene. The visuals really are gorgeous, irrespective of the location being portrayed, and I think the standout scenes are those with Kay and the Immortal Enemy, with the whole horror-vibe going on, something that gets really creepy the further it all goes on. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Jan 19, 2015

    The Valiant #2 is a damn good issue in what is proving to be a phenomenal series so far. Sure, we're only two issues in, but they are both fantastic and if readers are looking for a gateway into the Valiant U, they've got a great one with this series. The Valiant features top notch creators firing on all cylinders. If you think the superhero market is saturated, The Valiant (and the Valiant line) are proof that if you put interesting characters in the hands of skilled creators, great things can happen. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    The Latest Pull - Marcus Orchard Jan 21, 2015

    This series is off to one of the best starts I've seen from a superhero book in awhile. It's energetic, smart, and just plain awesome. If you are a fan of the Valiant universe, this is the next great book. It takes a few of the greatest characters, and features some of their best character moments so far, despite how new the series is. If you aren't at all familiar with the universe, go ahead, pick up the first two issues and become mesmerized immediately. Lemire, Kindt, and Rivera are a dream come true, and they live up to their names in this title. The Valiant is one of the best new books out there, and has already earned its place as one of the best superhero books on the market. Check it out. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    We The Nerdy - Alexander Handziuk Jan 26, 2015

    I am running out of adjectives to describe Paolo Riveras art because he simply knocks it right out of the park seemingly every time he draws a book. He conveys the various characters emotions masterfully and really gives each one their own distinct personalities. His depiction of Mr. Flay is truly the stuff of nightmares and reading this series makes me want to see him on a purely horror esque book. Jeff Lemire also provides a few panels of art in the style of a children's book and as a fan of Vertigos Sweet Tooth, its really cool to see Lemire take up art duties again, if only for a couple of pages. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - John F. Trent Jan 21, 2015

    The Valiant #2 is an action-packed adventure from start to finish with a compelling story component bringing Kay McHenry's childhood storybook to life. Paolo Rivera's artwork brings out the emotions of the characters and sells the fear they are experiencing while Lemire and Kindt's watercolor panels provide an extra layer of horror. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Chris Romero Jan 23, 2015

    What I can really appreciate about this book is the dreaded sense of panic that the writers carefully create within the typically stone-faced characters Eternal Warrior and Ninjak. It just might be the first time we've seen them on the brink of wetting their pants. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Kevin Finnigan Jan 19, 2015

    With a better balance of heroes than #1, The Valiant #2 is a brilliant read Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Russell Johnson Jan 22, 2015

    Quite simply, The Valiant is an incredible read! Valiant is such a tightly linked universe and seeing all the characters play their part to help Gilad feels more like a solid story than a simple cheap stunt to include everyone. This book comes with my highest recommendation and it's a great way for new readers to introduce themselves to all the best characters in Valiant's lineup. It's a must read! Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    IGN - Jeff Lake Jan 21, 2015

    Speaking of the world " what a world it is when drawn by Paolo Rivera. His line work remains absolutely fantastic, filled with big moments and nuanced quirks that give each page that little something more. Whether it's Ninjak ninja-ing quietly out of the snow or the growing nightmare that is Mr. Flay, Rivera's art is so on point that it's worth the cover price alone. Don't miss it. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Jan 21, 2015

    The Valiant #2 is making good time balancing out intense action scenes with much more character development than you would have initially expected from this series. You just hope that with everything going on that this can bring The Valiant to a satisfying end with no loose ends. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Nick Philpott Jan 23, 2015

    This series is a lot of fun, and while this issue did feel like it was setting up stuff, more so than moving things forward. It at least did it in an unusual fashion, and kept audience interest high for next month's installment. I can't wait to read it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nerds Unchained - Connor Frigon Jan 22, 2015

    The Immortal Enemy is another character that feels just a touch too familiar. His voice drips with that brand ofcackling menace we've seen before in dozens of deliciously evil villains. Luckily, Paolo and Joe Rivera illustrates every figure in a way that perfectly captures everything unique about their look. The Enemys split visage design is nothing short of genius. Every form he takes is chilling and intimidating. Meanwhile, no one can look at The Valiant #2 and think Bloodshot or XO-Manowar look like anything but themselves. The Valiant #2 does many things well. Visually, its almost perfect. Read Full Review

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