Today saw the release of Armor Hunters #2 and what an amazing issue this was. Valiant continues to deliver top-notch comics and Armor Hunters is at the top of the list. Read on for our full review.
Issue #2 of Armor Hunters picks up right after the explosion in Mexico City, and we learn that the entire popular of 20 million is gone. Pretty gruesome way to start things off! Back in M.E.R.O., Aric and Colonel Capshaw once again communicate with Primary who apologizes for his actions, but affirms that it was only done because of M.E.R.O.’s unwillingness to give up the armor, and further apologizes for what must be done next. We saw in X-O Manowar #26 a new side of Primary which gave him a more human – no pun intended – quality than simply an evil guy trying to destroy our hero. The insights into his character continue in this issue and I loved it, as Robert Venditti continues to show us that maybe there is not another good versus evil story, but a story about people, the choices they make, and the consequences they must live with.
There are some very interesting revelations about the X-O armor which many readers may have hypothesized before this issue so it was nice to see some affirmation – no spoilers, sorry – of what many believe is really happening. Oddly, there is more Aric here than was in his own book, but I am not complaining.
While not as action packed as the previous issue, there is quite a bit going on here, and if you thought this issue would begin answering some of the questions posed in issue 1, be prepared to ask more questions. With this issue, Venditti has begun showing us his plans for Aric and the X-O armor, and it is obvious that the outcome will truly change the Valiant universe.
Plus, we get to see an amazing half page panel of Bloodshot at the end of the book, which simply sets up the amazing action we’ll surely see in next week’s Unity #8 and Armor Hunters: Bloodshot due out in a couple of weeks.
My only complaint about this book is how Livewire is being utilized. Just like in Unity, Livewire is taking a back seat to all the action and is constantly being hidden away. Let’s see Livewire kicking some @$$!
Art duties still belong to Doug Braithwaite who is doing a superb job with the book. There are some great action panels and the facial expressions are emotive and detailed. I noticed that Primary seems stronger and more regal in this book than in previous appearances which was great to see and made him more imposing. My favorite character design, though, still remains Lilt, and his panels are fantastic.
Laura Martin does the colors, and she nails it. I hope we get to see more of her work in other Valiant books.
Robert Venditti keeps knocking it out of the park with Armor Hunters and I cannot wait to read the next installment. While there may not be as much action as we saw in the first issue, the level of intensity remains high throughout, and we finally start to get some revelations as to the way Aric’s armor works. If you’re not reading Armor Hunters, then you’re not a true comic book fan. THIS is exactly how a comic book crossover is done.