As much as I raved and ranted about Quantum and Woody #1 being my most anticipated Valiant book of the summer, I think I might have lied a little.
In my defense, at the time I had no idea Eternal Warrior was coming out, nor the talent attached to it.
The comparison is unfair though, its like saying which is a better movie Lethal Weapon or Gladiator. Worlds apart.
Eternal Warrior is just one of those great science fiction/ fantasy tropes that leads to fascinating stories with unlimited inspiration due to its very concept: An Immortal warrior, drawn by outside forces to fight in war after war, battle after battle, losing all those near to him and the effects of the horror he has seen on his mind and spirit.
Gilad Anni-Padda is one of three immortal brothers ( Aram, better known as Armstrong from Archer and Armstrong , and Ivar the Timewalker ) from pre-Sumerian times.
Aside from being Immortal, having a healing factor, and super strength, each brother had a gift as well.
For Ivar it was science and technology, for Aram it was to write poems and sing songs. For Gilad it was war.
Chosen by the Geomancers as their Fist and Steel, Gilad spent millennia fighting war after war, guiding the course of history and defending the earth itself from its enemies.
You would be hard pressed to find a better creative team than Greg Pak and Trevor Hairsine to present the Eternal Warrior at his best. Pak’s ability to write scenes of fantastic epic battles and knowledge of history are the necessary ingredients for writing a good Gilad. His work on Hulk, World War Hulk , and Incredible Hercules ( with co-writer Fred Van Lente, who coincidentally is writing Archer and Armstrong; which stars Gil’s brother Aram… Sniff .. Sniff I smell crossovers! ) cemented him as an action writer, while his work on Magneto Testament. and Red Skull showed his take on the effects of war on an individual’s psyche and toll it takes on soul .
Trevor Hairsine has been bouncing around Valiant, doing fill in issues on XO Manowar and Flashback scenes in Harbinger Wars and Bloodshot, but I’m glad this underrated artist finally found a steady home. Hairsine was made for Eternal Warrior. Often compared to Bryan Hitch in style, I find Hairsine’s much less muddled and crisper in detail. He’s perfect for capturing different era’s of time ( as seen in said flashbacks ) and his realistic rendering can only enhance the battles Gilad has been apart of.
This also appears to be one of those books you CAN judge by its cover. Or Covers.
From Hairsine’s own Gladiator Field shot with sword and ax in hand ( I’m so glad they wisely kept the one armored arm motif that changes throughout time periods ):
With Clayton Crain’s Frazetta-esque Conan- evoking masterpiece :
Along side Dave Bullocks painted dungeon break out:
To Patrick Zircher’s swipe of The Original Eternal Warrior #4 by Denys Cowan :
This is promised to be a high action book that is perfect jumping on point for new fans, or folks who enjoy Wolverine, Captain America or Fans of the Highlander TV series. It will not disappoint. What a spectacular way for Valiant to end its summer.