Nerdlocker Comics in Review – Eternal Warrior #2 and Archer & Armstrong #14


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Eternal Warrior #2
Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Trevor Hairsine
Cover Artist: Clayton Crain, Trevor Hairsine, Dave Bullock, Patrick Zircher
Published by: Valiant Entertainment
On Sale Date: October 9, 2013
Review by Jacob Miller

Not very often am I impressed by a warrior’s story of redemption, but I am so excited that the Eternal Warrior is one of those times. Greg Pak is really crafting a far more three dimensional Gilad than was introduced in the pages of Archer & Armstrong. In this second issue we get more perspective on the man that is the eternal warrior and his motivations. He is once again faced with the dilemma of family versus duty, and the way he makes his decision truly shows the millennia of experience this seasoned warrior brings to the battlefield. Gilad is once again accompanied by his daughter, with whom there is no shortage of bad blood and yet is still sympathetic to her regardless of past sins truly showing the layered approach to the characters. The back story is told through a series of flashbacks that give the reader more perspective on how the characters have made it to this point and aren’t done in a heavy handed fashion, but rather weave in and out of the current timeline similar to an episode of lost (the good ones). Finally the climax of this issue has me more than eager to read the next issue.

The art in this issue is decidedly different than the first opting for a more photorealistic character design than the stylized approach of the previous issue. Sometimes this serves as an improvement but during some of the fight scenes it struggles to be as fluid and easy to understand as the first issue. With these concerns noted however, this is still one of the best looking books not coming out of the big two and further proves that the quality Valiant is bringing to the market will be a force to be reckoned with. I especially enjoy that even though Gilad and Xaran are badass warriors their physiques are not over exaggerated, or rather both are lean making their acrobatic movements more believable. Going forward I hope this title is able to maintain this high level of artistic quality.

Eternal Warrior number two is further proof that Valiant is here to stay. With great story telling so far and an art team that continues to impress I will be adding this book to my pull list. This marks the seventh Valiant title currently in my box, and I must say I am loving the ride. If you’re not reading this title or at least one of the current offerings by Valiant you’re missing out because they truly have something for everyone.

I loved this title and I hope you will too, so I’m giving Eternal Warrior #2, four out of five Nerdskulls.

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Archer & Armstrong #14
Writer: Fred Van Lente
Artist: Khari Evans
Cover Artist: Donovan Santiago
Publisher: Valiant Entertainment
On Sale Date: October 9, 2013
Review by Jim Palmquist

This was the book that got me back into Valiant Entertainment. I loved Archer & Armstrong from the start. Unfortunately, I lost touch with the book for a bit, but have now caught up and am still amazed. In issue #14, we find the origins of the sects dating all the way back to ancient Egypt. Obviously this begins the “Sect Civil War.” Once again Fred Van Lente impresses with his amazing knowledge of history as he crafts it to fit into his fictional world. As time has passed, clearly the sects have grown apart and are now pitted against each other. The result is sure to be fantastic!

But this book is titled Archer & Armstrong, so where the hell is Archer and/or Armstrong. Archer has returned from the Faraway and rightly so, he is pissed. Who can blame him? He did find his only real best friend sleeping with his only real love interest (slash adopted sister) Mary Maria. So naturally he goes after his own secret sect to take them down. He returns to his Ohio roots to confront Mr. Kozol to find the origins of his new powers. In a quid pro quo, Archer accepts a mission in hopes of trading for his wanted information.

As for Armstrong, who knows. He’s no longer with Mary Maria as she has been dealt with by the one percent and is now in the hands of the Sisters of Perpetual Darkness. For all we know, he could still be in the Faraway with his brother. I’m sure we’ll find out soon enough.

Needless to say, I cannot wait to see the battle royale play out amongst the many sects. So far The Black Bloc is in the lead, but you can’t count out the Sisters of Perpetual Darkness or the Gnomes of Zurich. Although our duo has already dealt with The Null, The Dominion and the Green Dragon Lamas, you never know if they will make a return from the dead. I can’t wait to see how all this plays out and whether or not Archer and Armstrong can overcome their lover’s triangle!

I give Archer & Armstrong #14, 5 out of 5 Nerdskulls.

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I'm a true child of the 80s from a small town near Cleveland, Ohio. My all time favorite topics are Star Wars, slasher films and Cleveland sports (despite the misery it causes). I narrowly avoided law school, instead choosing film school. I have been accused of being a walking IMDB, but I take it as a compliment!