By Matt Kindt, Doug Braithwaite and Brian Reber
The first issue of Unity received a ton of marketing from websites and was being touted as the next great thing in the Valiant Universe. The issue didn’t disappoint, even after all the hype, I still feel it was underrated. This means that issue two has a lot to live up to.
Ninjak finds a way to escape from his chains, while Harada and his team attempt to get to Aric, but as always he has a plan. Aric and his X-O suit leads team unity into a trap and takes them off world. Livewire and Gilad attempt to find the heart of the ship, while Harada goes to help Ninjak. All of this comes to a head with one of many battles against the King of Dacia.
Matt Kindt is doing an impressive job so far on this title, both issues have been action packed and cleverly written. He’s also showing another side to Harada, and really developing him as a likable character. It’s interesting to see how all these characters like The Eternal Warrior and Ninjak interact with each other. Kindt is superbly giving characters personalities and development that will make you see them in a different light. A solid follow up to an explosive first issue.
The artistic talent that Doug Braithwaite has is amazing. He’s quietly become one of the better artists in the business with his extraordinary scenes. With some artists, panels can be hard to interpret, but that is never a problem as Braithwaite draws so clear that you see exactly what he intends. His art helps any title that is lucky enough to have him. Seeing Harada make a man’s face explode is such a richer experience when seen drawn by Doug Braithwaite. An excellent artistic effort!
This issue of Unity was pretty good, although I think it was hampered by an outstanding first issue. While Kindt and Braithwaite deliver another good performance, it doesn’t measure up to the first issue. This title has endless possibilities and Kindt and Braithwaite are the team that can make it soar.