By Nolan P. Smith
With this issue, the massive storyline known as the Stalinverse comes to an end. The event that turned the Valiant universe upside down and into a soviet governed planet ends with this issue, and in true Valiant fashion, it ends in ways we couldn’t imagine.
From writer Matt Kindt and artist Trevor Hairsine, inks by Ryan Winn and Allison Rogrigues and colors by David Baron and Allen Passalaqua, this is the ending this mini -eries deserved. At the end of the last issue, we saw the original Divinity, Abram Adams, meet his untimely end at the hands of Kazmir, one of the three cosmonauts that gained godlike powers in space (Abram, Kazmir and Myshka). But when you are like a god, its hard to kill you. Adams comes back to life and rallies the troops: Ninjak, X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, and Peter Stanchek for one last stand against Putin’s Red Brigade. What we get is all an all out fight, followed by a face to face between Adams and Kazmir that means more than the usual throwdown.
Divinity has been a very special, deep book since the first mini-series, and this issue wraps up the third installment in a very special way. In a moment of defining the world and creation, Adams and Kazmir reach a point that transcends existence, and sets the world back on the right path. However, this isn’t a quick and easy fix: we see repercussions from the Stalinverse that will remain in the regular universe.
The creative team here has knocked it out of the park completely, all the way past the parking lot. Kindt’s Stalinverse was such a great event, and ends in such a satisfying way. We get a teaser at the end that gives us one word: Eternity. Is this the next installment in the Divinity series? I can only hope. Divinity III raised the bar once again, and is on track for the best mini-series of 2017.
Rating: 10 out of 10.
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