The Valiant #4

Writer: Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt Artist: Paolo Rivera Publisher: Valiant Comics Release Date: March 25, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 11
9.1Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

The darkness is now! The heroes of the Valiant Universe make their triumphant last stand at the end of all things as superstar creators Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt, and Paolo Rivera bring their magnum opus to its gut-wrenching conclusion!

The Immortal Enemy has all but won and only Bloodshot and Geomancer are left to stand against his darkness. Are they willing to save humanity if it means losing their own - and each other?

  • 10
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Mar 25, 2015

    The Valiant #4 was brilliant from start to finish. It had a definite start, it had an ending with impact, and kept us glued in for everything in between. For as much action as we got in these four issues, there was just as much character development and focus which made us love a character most of us only just got introduced to. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Nick Philpott Mar 25, 2015

    This book was a big chance for Valiant. It opened up all their publishing lines and pushed them together for a little while. Their comedy teams showed up and got serious, their space warriors landed on earth for a little while, and the protector of the planet failed for thousands of years. It ran a very strong chance of being an unintelligible mishmash, but this was the best event book I read in all of 2014, and stands a decent chance at retaining the title for 2015 (your move, Secret Wars). Basically, if they can keep up the string of strong editorial choices, top-notch writing and art, all I can say is "Make Mine Valiant." Read Full Review

  • 10
    We The Nerdy - Justin Micallef Mar 25, 2015

    Not to be left without praise, Paolo Rivera delivers some of the best work of his career in this prestige format series. Take note of the final panel montage and how he masterfully has every specific scene clearly demonstrate the plethora of emotions present with only a third-person narration to serve as a guide. Hopefully Valiant signs him on for another event as worthy as this one was for I hate to see him get snatched up by a lesser company. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Outright Geekery - Henry Starling Mar 23, 2015

    This whole series deserves a 5 out of 5 rating. If anyone new to Valiant picks these up, they will be Valianteers for life. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Valiant Central - Amy Okamoto Mar 25, 2015

    The story's tension and urgency will make this a great read in trade format. It will also serve as an excellent introduction to the Valiant universe. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Daniel Gehen Mar 31, 2015

    In the issue's back-half, the creative team finds a way to buck expectations for a truly surprising and affecting conclusion. Readers have become so usedto the formula of modern comics, it is rare to come across a title [that isn't from Image or Vertigo] where the stakes – and consequences – are real. Not the case inThe Valiant.This is what superhero events should aspire to. Read Full Review

  • 10
    All-Comic - Tyler Goulet Mar 20, 2015

    Okay, there are a few more words to say, but not specifically about art.The Valiant is a gem in the world of comics; it's something special that everybody who has ever said they love comicsneeds to pick it. It doesn't matter if you don't know the old Valiant, or you aren't familiar with the new, what matters it that not only is this series accessible to the masses, it's beyond description andby the time you're done, it'll blow you away.Jeff Lemire's follow-up Valiant work,Bloodshot Reborn, can't come soon enough. Of course, let's hope there's more Paolo Rivera somewhere in the cards as well and be sure to check out everything else you can get your hands on that has that Valiant “V”. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    The Latest Pull - Marcus Orchard Mar 22, 2015

    This is Valiant Comics' best work yet. In a few issues we were given an event that both introduced new readers to a wonderful universe and changed the lives for a lot of characters. "The Valiant" as a whole is nothing short of a masterpiece, and should be read by any fan of the superhero genre. If you haven't given this one a chance yet, please do, whether you are new to Valiant or not. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Comic Crusaders - 13th Crusader Mar 25, 2015

    I am eagerly waiting for what will happen next in the Valiant Universe. In the meantime, I highly recommend you heed Ninjak's advice" Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Needless Essentials Online - Stan Ford Mar 26, 2015

    Do yourself and pick up a Valiant book. Start by looking for one by a writer that you already know, and give it a chance. You may not like it, but more than likely, you'll find something to make you give another issue a shot. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Forrest C. Helvie Mar 26, 2015

    It's safe to say The Valiant delivers on its promise to create an inclusive entry point into Valiant Comics that long-time fans would find just as equally satisfying. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Brady Steele Mar 25, 2015

    With so many moving parts, it still feels like an intimate story with the fate of the world thrown in with the attempt to save one another. I felt like the quieter moments of characters on the run were more powerful than the big hero spreads mixed in here and there. I hope artist Paolo Rivera keeps making more beautiful Valiant books down the line as his work really captivated my attention throughout all four issues. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Russell Johnson Mar 24, 2015

    The Valiant #4 is an outstanding conclusion to this story. It had all the elements of surprise, twists, action and emotion without a single wasted page. The epilogue sets-up what will become Bloodshot: Reborn from Lemire and it's a new direction for Gilad, the Eternal Warrior, as well, with a familiar task but with a fresh new twist. The Valiant has easily been the best new mini-series from Valiant and some of the best independent work from both Lemire and Kindt. The tone and pace of, not only this final issue but, the entire run has been near perfect with a creative team that needs to do more work together. They solidified themselves on these long standing Valiant characters and gave them a freshness and originality all their own. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nerds Unchained - Connor Frigon Mar 31, 2015

    Whatever you might think of the aftermath, The Valiant is still an event to remember. I had a good time reading and reviewing this series. Ultimately, The Valiant succeeds at its main goal: providing new fans an essential entry point into the Valiant Universe. Its fun, its energetic, its a journey. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Herald - Bill Guerra Apr 1, 2015

    The story was very entertaining with high stakes and easy to understand character motivations and development. The art was well done, clean and easy to follow. The events here will definitely alter the status quo for a handful of characters moving forward! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - F.D. White Mar 25, 2015

    The Valiant has succeeded in ways that few books have recently, it's actually fun. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Hulking Reviewer - Kareem Ali Mar 24, 2015

    The Valiant #4 has its enjoyable moments so it's a step up from last issue however the series overall didn't live up to the potential in its premise with this concluding entry. The contents of the mystery box were finally revealed and it was interesting yet the necessary answers to tie everything together and make the Immortal Enemy feel like more than a random unstoppable threat or the story more engrossing were lacking. I still feel this story would've been better suited if just a story arc in another series and less characters since it would've been more focused and allowed for character development. So the significant developments that will carry on in other series will just have to do. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AIPT - John F. Trent Mar 24, 2015

    The Valiant #4 wraps up a very compelling mini-series event that will get you excited about the rest of the Valiant Universe. The clash between Bloodshot, Kay, and the Immortal Enemy comes to a close leaving the Valiant Universe changed forever. Lemire and Kindt provide compelling dialogue and build upon their core set of characters, delving into their emotions and leaving them exposed and finding strength. Paolo Rivera continued to create compelling artwork, although there was one major point where the writing did not match the artwork and created some dissonance. Lemire and Kindt were not without their faults in this issue either, where they did not fully give closure to certain characters and events and they spoiled a potentially shocking plot point with some massive foreshadowing. Read Full Review

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