Monday, August 24, 2015

Book of Death #1 (HERE BE SPOILERS!)

Venditti takes us from Point A to Point B in a way that I find that only Valiant does so efficiently.

First, he answers the main remaining question that I had from "The Valiant" event, revealing that a new Geomancer gained his powers pretty much immediately upon Kay dying.  We see this child, David, frolicking with the animals in his yard, but, at some point, someone (possibly the Immortal Enemy) takes him prisoner and raises him in his dark image.  The import of that development is quickly made clear as Tama reads from the Book of the Geomancers, a chronicle of the end of the world.  This Armageddon comes at David's hands, as he reclaims Earth for nature, wiping out cities and nations.  You'd think that Unity would be assembling to help Gilad protect Tama.  However, they believe that her powers are no longer under her control and that she's responsible for trees murdering the entire populace of four villages in the United States.  (Gilad doesn't refute this accusation when X-O Manowar confronts him.)  At any rate, David makes his first strike, under the tutelage of the dark figure, against Gilad and Tama.  Unity ironically saves them, only for Ninjak to attack them.

All in all, i
t's a really solid issue.  Venditti infuses it with tension, because it really feels like everything is on the table, like the Immortal Enemy might actually succeed in destroying the Earth.  Plus, Venditti seems like he may turn environmentalism on its head.  After all, maybe the Immortal Enemy is just an uber-environmentalist that wants to reclaim Earth for nature.  How evil is that?  In other words, I'm not sure where we're going, but I'm excited about the trip.

*** (three of five stars)

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