Eter­nity

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Matt Kindt, Trevor Hair­sine (Il­lus­tra­tor), Ryan Winn (Il­lus­tra­tor), David Baron (Il­lus­tra­tor), Valiant En­ter­tain­ment (APRIL) Soft­cover $9.99 (112pp), 978-1-68215-265-2

He­roes work on a grand scale of strug­gle and sac­ri­fice in Matt Kindt and Trevor Hair­sine’s in­ter­di­men­sional epic Eter­nity.

Reprint­ing the four is­sues of the comic book se­ries, the Eter­nity graphic novel packs a lot into its 112 pages. Pick­ing up on some char­ac­ters and el­e­ments from Kindt’s work on Valiant’s Divin­ity comic book se­ries, Eter­nity suc­cess­fully stands alone while in­tro­duc­ing a plethora of new and bizarre in­hab­i­tants of an­other di­men­sion.

The book be­gins with rapid-fire cuts from one strange scene to the next—a bit con­fus­ing, but in­trigu­ing—and pa­tience is re­warded as the mo­ti­va­tions of all con­cerned be­come clear.

Com­par­isons to Jack Kirby’s New Gods or the cos­mic sagas of Jim Star­lin are in­evitable, sim­ply be­cause of the raw am­bi­tion of the story’s scope. But Kindt is never de­riv­a­tive, as ev­i­denced by the primary hu­man char­ac­ters, who don’t fit the typ­i­cal su­per­pow­ered sta­tus quo—they’re ex-rus­sian cos­mo­nauts-turned-su­per­be­ings, one of whom is black. The tale’s conflicts fo­cus on pre­des­ti­na­tion ver­sus free will and fam­ily loy­al­ties ver­sus a hero’s re­spon­si­bil­ity to the world. Eter­nity takes the grand themes of the best sci­ence fic­tion and com­presses them into a briskly paced, ki­netic ad­ven­ture.

Hair­sine is an equal con­trib­u­tor, with land­scapes and char­ac­ter de­signs that can seem out of a bad dream or a vi­sion of heaven, rem­i­nis­cent of Steve Ditko’s trippy work on Marvel’s “Strange Tales.” The book is ren­dered in ex­pert color by David Baron. Thank­fully, the stun­ning cov­ers from the orig­i­nal is­sues are in­cluded in this col­lec­tion, mak­ing for a comic art em­bar­rass­ment of riches. Eter­nity is yet an­other high-qual­ity Valiant graphic novel, fur­ther ex­pand­ing its rich uni­verse of en­ter­tain­ment.

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