By Nolan P. Smith
Valiant Entertainment turned the world upside down when they crafted the Stalinverse, a red hued landscape with Russia’s firm grip as leader. With this third issue in a four issue series, we see if Ninjak and his unlikely ally Toyo Harada can awaken Divinity once and for all, or if the world falls victim to an evil they didn’t see coming.
From one of my favorite writers, Matt Kindt, penciler Trevor Hairsine, inkers Ryan Winn and Alisson Rodrigues, colorist David Baron, and letter Dave Lanphear, we get an installment that kicks the Stalinverse into high gear. When Myshka, the god like powered former comrade of Divinity and supposed catalyst to the entire Stalinverse, tracks down Ninjak and Harada with her team, we get an unexpected yet enjoyable turn of events. We also learn the backstory of the third and final Russian cosmonaut that went into space with Myshka and Divinity- Kazmir. We see how he survived his apparent death in space, and how big of a role he plays in this new world order.
This issue packs a surprise ending, what that left me at a loss for words upon my first read. The stakes are high, extremely high, and the number of those that can oppose Kazmir continue to shrink. The Stalinverse series, and its various tie in one shots, have all been fantastic. Kindt, Hairsine and company have crafted yet another amazing series, dare I say even topping the previous two Divinity series thus far. Divinity III: Stalinverse #3 sets the world on fire, so who can help douse the flames and rebuild?
Rating: 9.5 out of 10.
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