Sunday, June 8, 2014

Armor Hunters #1 Review

Written by Robert Venditti
Art by Doug Braithwaite & Laura Martin
Lettering by Dave Sharpe
Valiant Comics

This will be a spoiler free review

                We open with a group of the Armor Hunters arriving on Earth and clearing out a military base in Russia brutally. As Aric is called into duty, the leader of the Armor Hunters, Primary, is growing tired of going by procedure. As Aric and M.E.R.O. come in contact with the Armor Hunters, they leave a distinct calling card.

                Braithwaite really delivers some of his best art ever with this issue. The panels are nice, detailed and full of life … even when someone is getting killed. There are some really good panel work that allows the pictures to tell the story with little help of dialogue or shows mannerisms that reveals the personality of a character. Alongside Martin, Braithwaite fully realizes his art with some vivid colors and a great amount of touch up to each character to give texture.
                Venditti does a lot of set up this issue for the beginning of a very high stakes game with the Armor Hunters. He gives us some good moments with Aric, who is primarily affected. Yet, we do get a good glimpses of the personalities of our main antagonists.  Dialogue is strong without treating readers as if they are stupid. And Venditti makes sure that this first issue had enough impact that it will indeed affect the rest of the planet. A great opening for this new event.


                Honestly, this was an amazing opening. While the rest of the Valiant Universe isn’t involve yet, Venditti plants the seeds to make sure they are involved. I do love that we are seeing different facets of the Armor Hunters themselves. And that not everything is as black and white as it may be. It’s a solid read.

                I give Armor Hunters # 1 a 4.5 out of 5.

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