The Valiant #3

Writer: Matt Kindt, Jeff Lemire Artist: Paolo Rivera Publisher: Valiant Comics Release Date: February 18, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 15
8.8Critic Rating
8.7User Rating

As the world teeters on the brink of a new Dark Age, superstar creators Jeff Lemire (Green Arrow, Animal Man), Matt Kindt (RAI, Mind MGMT), and Paolo Rivera (Daredevil) recruit each of Valiant's most formidable heroes into the ten-thousand-year-old battle for the fate of all mankind!

The entire Valiant Universe faces off against the Immortal Enemy! Can they help Eternal Warrior succeed where he has failed so many times before? Civilization's best hope against the darkness may lie in the unlikeliest of romances...

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Nick Philpott Feb 18, 2015

    This issue managed to be a pretty even split between personal dynamics of Bloodshot and Kay (which, again, Paolo Rivera's faces and "acting" are beyond amazing), and mind-shattering physical and psychological warfare with the Immortal Enemy. It manages to feel like the calm before the storm, as well as the storm itself, which is a sign of how well Kindt and Lemire are working together on this book. It'll be a shame to see it end next month, but color me interested in the Valiant Next titles they're launching (Ninjak and Bloodshot: Reborn are at the top of my list), and it's all because of that holy grail, the well-written/consistently-well-drawn event book. Read Full Review

  • 10
    We The Nerdy - Justin Micallef Feb 23, 2015

    This instantly recognizable uniqueness present in this book is greatly indebted to the wonderful pencils of Paolo Rivera. He depicts every characters motivations and personalities simply through their body language. One doesn't need to have read 30 issues ofXO-Manowarto know that a time-traveling space viking is instantly cool and completely welcome in this title. Gratefully, Paolo Rivera (and the writers) understand this, too. Read Full Review

  • 10
    All-Comic - Tyler Goulet Feb 17, 2015

    The only downside of The Valiant #3 is theres only one issue left. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Outright Geekery - Henry Starling Feb 16, 2015

    Valiant Next has aimed for the stands again this month, and they are coming out swinging. The Valiant seems to be the key in what Valiant will be bringing to the superhero table. Fresh ideas, fresh artwork. This is what this industry needs right now. And The Valiant has it in spades. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Valiant Central - Martin Ferretti Feb 18, 2015

    Overall, The Valiant #3 was a terrific issue with plenty to love by both new and old fans alike. If you're not reading this book, you're missing out on one of the finest stories in comics today and a testament to Valiant's devotion to quality storytelling. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    The Latest Pull - Marcus Orchard Feb 20, 2015

    Marvel and DC have been failing at making massive events both enjoyable and rewarding, but Valiant is doing this with ease. No one is doing superheroes as well as Valiant, and it's been far too long since there has been a massive team-up book this entertaining. "The Valiant #3" is everything an action fan could want, and manages to give the reader even more. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Feb 18, 2015

    We only have one more issue left for The Valiant, though after an intense third act like this, you wonder just how they will close this and leave us satisfied. That isn't to say that isn't possible when there is much going on between Bloodshot and Kay that must be addressed above all considering the effect she has been able to have on him. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Matt Little Feb 23, 2015

    This is a high point for Valiant as a publisher and as a universe. "The Valiant" makes maximum use of its characters, its page count and its concept. With one issue left to go, the series is on track to be a classic. This issue is must-own comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Nerds Unchained - Connor Frigon Feb 20, 2015

    The only low point of the book is the interaction between the Geomancer and Bloodshot. Ive never read anything featuring Bloodshot before this. I like his design, but I feel nothing for the character. Hes gruff tough guy through and through, a Wolverine without the natural coolness of Wolverine. But even though Im cold to the character, Lemire and Kindt make his last few pages in the issue actually kinda charming charming. This is mostly thanks to their handling of the Geomancer, someone I wont mind seeing more of in other titles, assuming she survives the final issue. If the pair can create a few more scenes like this, Ill be more inclined to check out the Bloodshot relaunch Jeff Lemire is also set to write. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - John F. Trent Feb 17, 2015

    Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt, Paolo Rivera, and Joe Rivera produce another solid entry with The Valiant #3. Paolo Rivera's artwork is really brilliant from creating natural human expressions to creepshow horrorfests in the form of the Immortal Enemy. Kindt and Lemire do a wonderful job with the dialogue between Kay and Bloodshot, really giving an in-depth look into both of their characters. The exposition to open the book takes a couple of panels to really grab you but the mystery of the memo and box sinks the hook in although the placement of some of the question marks leaves a little to be desired. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Jeff Lake Feb 18, 2015

    The duo have somehow become the best part of The Valiant, as Bloodshot works to keep the promise that Gilad never could. Much of their chemistry comes courtesy of artist Paolo Rivera. His monsters and splash pages draw the eye (and his Mr. Flay ensures they'll never close), but it's his expressive storytelling that continues to be the main pull. Bloodshot and Kay bonding over beef jerky is an excellent example, Rivera using slight shifts in body language and expression to convey wary disapproval and guilty satisfaction. If he can make two characters eating beef jerky interesting, who knows what he'll turn out for the finale. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Feb 18, 2015

    The Valiant #3 is another strong chapter in what has been a very good series. While I do believe the first two issues were stronger than this third was, I can say this book is heading into its conclusion with three very strong chapters by this creative team. If they can stick the landing, they'll have crafted the best event since Valiant's resurgence and one of the best mini-series in the past couple years. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Brady Steele Feb 18, 2015

    The bonus pages after the story in this series are also a nice treat. Readers get instant behind-the-scenes moments as to what the creators were going for and how they achieved it. This chapter felt like a nice shift before the finale kicks in. I've been very satisfied so far with the execution of this miniseries and expect a spectacular finish next month. Don't miss out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Gregg Katzman Feb 18, 2015

    Fun action? Check. Well-written conversations? Check. Visuals that make you want to keep staring at the pages? Yeah, another check. THE VALIANT #3 offers a bunch of fan service and big action while also delivering on personality. And the best part of all? It all looks excellent. THE VALIANT is awesome and it deserves your attention, people. Seriously, unless you're completely against the idea of superhero comics, you should give it a shot. It'll be your proper introduction to this universe. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Hulking Reviewer - Kareem Ali Feb 25, 2015

    The Valiant #3 was a surprisingly disappointing issue because it felt like it was full of filler material and at best did very little to advance the story, develop characters or make the threat of the Immortal Enemy worthy of its own series. It started with Bloodshot's bizarre portrayal, and the cursory manner in which Earth's forces were treated didn't help matters. There were some slightly entertaining moments but overall felt like things were put in just to fill the pages. And considering nothing developed this issue, it would be fine for one to skip it and not worry about missing a thing because it ends almost exactly where issue #2 did. Hopefully things will pick up once the contents of the box is revealed next issue. Read Full Review

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