Divinity II #2 Review
Divinity II #2
Writer: Matt Kindt
Covers: Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic, Tom Muller, Trevor Hairsine with David Baron, Tula Lotay, Adam Gorham with Michael Spicer
Art: Trevor Hairsine (penciler), Ryan Winn (inker), David Baron (colorist)
I don’t think I can come up with a clever enough opening to tell you how good Divinity II is. It really is that good.
Divinity II is the story of Myshka, one of Abram Adams’ companions from his space launch. In a series of unfortunate events, she made it back to modern day Russia, only problem is, she’s not looking out for the world with the same kind heart Divinity has. Myshka is all for the Motherland in a scary, dictatorship way. Not only does she want to turn Russia around, but she’s willing to sacrifice countries, collapse the global economy, and destroy capitalism to achieve this goal. Alongside Vladimir Putin, she is becoming a force to be reckoned with. Is it wrong that I want to see this played out?
Issue #2 is all about Myshka’s side of the story and what she thinks is right. I can’t really blame her for how she feels. She is a great example of blind patriotism. She is willing to do all she can to aid her country. Divinity loves his country too, but they are on opposite sides for good reason. Sure its wrong to side with the enemy, but Myshka is such a well thought character with well thought out plans that you’d really want to see her side of these. She’s not power-hungry or a maniac, she’s just serving her country even if some people don’t like it. She is turning into the ultimate People’s Champion. I don’t want to seem like I’m glorifying the character (I kinda am), but this story has an interesting way of pulling you to one side when you want to be on the side of the hero.
We all have heard that Russians are brutal, but Myshka is definitely brutal. One look into her mind is enough to make you shiver. I kinda feel bad for our heroes and the world, but I can’t help but sit back and chuckle at how awesome Myshka and Divinity II is. I know indie books take risks and are harsh, but jeez! I can’t wait to see how they fit the process of world domination into four issues. I have no doubt in Matt Kindt’s abilities. Just look at how much was easily accomplished in Divinity. I will admit that Kindt had me tripping out a bit with trying to figure out who was talking in the text boxes, but I could still get on with the story pretty well. I know some people want to keep politics out of comics (but why), making Vladimir Putin a “villain” is very gutsy. I’m sure he’s not gonna get angry over a comic book, but I think this a bold move. Thumbs up to Mr. Kindt for bold moves and a good story.
The art for this book is awesome. Not only do we get to see the wonderful work of Trevor Hairsine, Ryan Winn, David Baron come together, but we get a breakdown of the process in the back of the book. I am truly glad that some indie books add that special something in the backs of their books from time to time. I really appreciate when its the art. Gives me a whole different perspective on the inside art, as well as the time it must have taken to achieve the quality of the art. If Trevor Harisine decided to work on a book with just his pencils, I would be down for that, because he is awesome. I don’t think there is anything about the art that I don’t like, so I won’t look too hard for what isn’t there.
I don’t always read Valiant, but when I do, I love it. I was given the opportunity to read Valiant since it was a publisher that I hadn’t really considered. Since Divinity II was just starting, I decided that it was the best way to go. Reading Divinity opened my eyes to Valiant, but Divinity II sucked me in. I will be sticking with Divinity II and Valiant, and I recommend that you do the same.