Writer: Greg Pak
Pencilers: Trevor Hairsine & Diego Bernard
Inkers: Alejandro Sicat & Vicente Cifuentes
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Colorist: Guy Major
Review by: Josh Gillam
When I first started reading the Eternal Warrior series, I was drawn in by the compelling story and beautifully done artwork. As I pick up each new issue, my expectations are blown away as the series evolves into one of the most unique and intriguing story lines on the market.
In this issue we see the Eternal Warrior, Gilad, on a mission to destroy the goddess of the Earth, which resides in a tree referred to as the Mother Tree. He is intent on halting the cycle of violence that he believes she is responsible for. His daughter, Xaran, accompanies him on this quest.
When Gilad and Xaran arrive at the Mother Tree, they are met with a small army of soldiers that serve the Earth goddess. This kicks off intense battle, where we get to see Gilad and Xaran putting their warrior skills to the test.
The battle is fought with an interesting combination of new age, rocket launchers and shotguns, and old school, swords and spears, weapons. Gilad and Xaran emerge from the battle to have a final confrontation with the Earth goddess herself.
The artwork in this book continues to deliver some spectacular visuals. The climactic battle at the end of the book is nothing short of epic. Every panel in the battle scene is full of action and is sure to keep any reader entertained. It is dark and rainy during the battle, which is a great setting to watch a dramatic showdown. The design of the Earth goddess is truly inspired. The goddess has a beautiful, yet ominous, look to her that sent chills down my spine.
Greg Pak continues to wow me with this series. The more this story unfolds, the more invested I become in it. In this book we get a little more insight into the the cause of the strained relationship between Gilad and Xaran. The more Pak shows us the amount of friction between these two characters in the past, the more I enjoy their cooperation in the future. Neither of them seem to like the idea of working together and there is a lot of tension in their interactions, yet they have moments where they’re almost enjoying themselves. Despite their bad history, you can see they at least respect each other.
In past issues we’ve seen that Gilad is tired of being used and jerked around by higher powers. In this issue we see that he has had enough and nothing is going to stop him from taking his own path. Pak continues to add layers and depth to Gilad, which gives the character more vulnerability and humanity and makes him seem like less of a mindless killing machine. But at the same time, we see that he is still is a killing machine, no matter how much humanity he might have. The more Pak evolves these characters, the more I start to fall in love with them.
Eternal Warrior is quickly becoming one of my favorite comic book series. Greg Pak delivers a unique and gripping story that will keep you coming back for more. Any comic book fan out there should be picking up this book today.
Josh Gillam is the creator and writer for the webcomic/comedy project, Cynical Stew. You can follow him on Twitter at @Cynical_Stew