Unity #11 review

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With only a couple issues left in the Armor Hunters saga, the Unity team is in Los Angeles trying to fight off another attack. Will they be successful? And more importantly, is the book any good?

The story

The Unity team is in Los Angeles fighting off the drone attack unleashed by the fallen Gin-GR. With Bloodshot and X-O busy elsewhere, it’s up to Livewire, Gilad, and Ninjak to stop the danger.

screenshot-by-nimbus (3) What a fun issue! While some may argue that nothing really happens in this story – and they would be partially right – there is so much going on with the characters it was thoroughly enjoyable. The story itself is nothing out of the ordinary and fairly procedural – hero fights baddie, baddie is winning, hero pulls a rabbit out of a hat to save the day – and while this issue really is just a way of moving the Armor Hunters saga into its next chapter we finally get to learn more about Ninjak. Don’t expect a Ninjak origin tale, but it’s nice seeing more of the man behind the mask and how he has been acquiring all the special technology he possesses. If you’re not itching for a Ninjak zero issue or miniseries after this book, then you just hate comics (just kidding!).

screenshot-by-nimbus (2) The continued focus on the Gilad and Ninjak buddy team is really refreshing as it works so well, and Kindt continues to play upon the characters’ vastly different personalities quite well, even throwing in a few jokes into the mix. I loved how when Gilad complains about Ninjak’s lack of a team effort, Ninjak thanks him for falling down their plane and creating a giant hole in a building so Ninjak would have somewhere to land.

As enjoyable as this book was, that’s not to say that it doesn’t have its issues. Some readers may see this as more of a filler issue for Armor Hunters. Livewire is such a great character but is still seemingly been underused. I’m not sure if my issue is with her role in each issue or whether I’m expecting more than her power set allows her to do, though it seems that someone who can talk to and control technology would be just as effective on the ground as behind the scenes.

What this issue definitely proves to me is that Livewire, Gilad, and Ninjak are such good characters that they each deserve their own time in the spotlight. With Gilad already getting his Days of Steel miniseries, it’s time that Livewire and especially Ninjak get their own books.

The art

I’ve been a fan of Stephen Segovia’s art throughout his Unity run and my appreciation for his work continues to solidify with this issue. Sure, there are a few panels here and there that could use more polish, but overall the art is terrific. A few panels in particular are definite standouts, and most of those panels highlight the stars of this issue, Ninjak and Gilad. Their action sequences are so drawn so fluidly it really brings the scenes to life.

Much of that is thanks to Allen Passalaqua’s work on colors who continues to show us why Valiant has the best color artists in the industry today.

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Overall

Unity #11 is the definite standout for me of all the books this week. Kindt and Segovia continue to develop some amazing characters and stories making Unity top of the pile every week. Buy this book!

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Issue information

Written by Matt Kindt
Art by Stephen Segovia
Covers by CAFU and Raul Allen
Price: $3.99
Release date: September 17, 2014

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