Review – 4001 A.D. #2 (of 4) (Valiant)

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Publisher: Valiant Entertainment
Writer: Matt Kindt
Artist: Clayton Crain
Release Date: 1st June 2016

Issue two picks up exactly where issue one left off with Rai, Lamar, and the Eternal Warrior attacking New Japan in the X-O Manowar based combat Mek. Father is retaliating on two fronts, he materialises a metallic space dragon (I honestly don’t know how else to describe it), but in order to do so he must drain power from more systems – meaning he ejects more systems from New Japan into space, killing thousands at a time.

Father uses the cruel dual pronged attack to taunt Rai, hoping that he’ll capitulate, and by doing so I think Father finally crosses that line from perceived protector to monster. He no longer thinks about his charges, he only wants to preserve control. Meanwhile, inside New Japan, Lula is fleeing from fallen sector to fallen sector trying to find Grace and the Geomancer.

This really is million-mile-an-hour reading as Matt Kindt’s battling script grabs you by the coat-tail and drags you through this struggle. It’s grandeur and scale are obvious in this struggle for our heroes to overcome Father’s defenses and infiltrate New Japan. Both Matt and Clayton have gone big here, and it’s a befitting the title of a summer cross-over event.

The visuals provided by Clayton are truly amazing and befitting of an epic space battle. Even manning a giant X-O War Mek the scale of the assault Father makes on Ray truly makes for a David versus Goliath scene, with giant robots, giant robots in space. Really, what more could you want? The sheer amount of detail that is worked into the drawing, from the polished chrome of the X-O machine to the intricate details of the Father-Space-Dragon are a visual feast, and that’s before we get inside New Japan and follow Lula around.

4001 A.D. is big, in every way possible. It’s a giant event that’s proving to be a fly by the seat of your pants fight as Rai’s small band of allies try to take down the godlike presence that Father has become in New Japan and it doesn’t disappoint. This really is shaping up to be your comic summer blockbuster, and the slick writing and incredible visuals make this a tasty treat for one and all. You lucky, lucky people.

Rating: 4/5.

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13043453_10154167818863408_9180033184388957427_nThe writer of this piece was: Andrew McGlinn
Andrew Tweets from @Jockdoom

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