Incursion #1 from Valiant Entertainment brings readers an otherworldly new threat to the universe which the Eternal Warrior and the current Geomancer have to fend off. The limited event series already sets up a promising story within the first issue, making it explicitly clear just how dangerous this new villain really is. Star writers Andy Diggle and Alex Paknadel (Friendo, KINO) deliver us Imperatrix Virago, an intergalactic conqueror on a vicious quest to continue her own immortality. Her gaze has been turned towards Earth, and she’ll be bringing a terrifying force with her.
FOR NEWCOMERS, INCURSION #1 IS THE PERFECT JUMPING ON POINT FOR THE VALIANT UNIVERSE
For fans of the Valiant Universe, this sets up a potentially game-changing concept. Virago is using the Deadside (essentially a version of the afterlife) to transport herself across the universe, but it also holds countless hordes of unimaginable horrors. Let’s just say that the Eternal Warrior and Tama the Geomancer have their work cut out for them. For newcomers, this is a perfect jumping on point for the Valiant Universe, especially for fans of large-scale comic book movies like the MCU. Imperatrix Virago feels like a Thanos-esque character, but without the reasoning of saving the universe. She’s an intimidating villain, and her strange lieutenant Syntilla makes the threat even more bizarre. There’s something really quite haunting about this childish figure unleashing waves of monsters and wielding some kind of mystic power.
AlthoughIncursion #1 is the start an event series, it seems to be more of an Eternal Warrior-centric book – as there’s plenty of scope for his character development through his partnership with Tama. Is it just us, or is there a sneaky Wolverine/X-23 vibe from the Logan movie there? Either way, it’ll be interesting to see how their relationship develops after the cliffhanger of the issue.
Finally, there’s the art of the book by Doug Braithwaite, Jose Villarrubia and Diego Rodriguez with lettering by Marshall Dillon. It’s gorgeous. During the moments where we see Virago’s wrath upon an alien world, there’s an ethereal sense of doom entrenched into the pages as her devastation becomes very clear. Did we mention this isn’t exactly a happy-go-lucky story? Either way, there’s an epic sense of courage as the Eternal Warrior faces down a horde of aliens all screaming at him for being an ‘immortal’, to which he has an ice-cool remark. This whole issue stands out from an art perspective, feeling more like a continuous painting rather than panels of artwork.
If you’re tired of the usual superhero stories, pick up Incursion #1. Enjoyed the issue? Let us know on Twitter @HeroesDirect!
A great jumping on point to the Valiant Universe that promises a battle of epic proportions.