Divinity II #3 Review
Writer: Matt Kindt
Cover: Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic, Tom Muller, Andrew Pepoy with Allen Passalaqua, Carmen Carnero with Omi Remalante Jr., Adam Gorham with Michael Spicer
Art: Trevor Hairsine
Two godly beings have finally come together in an attempt to persuade the other. Only problem is, one wants to destroy capitalism and restore the Soviet Union. That can’t be good.
Divinity is doing what he must to keep the world at balance, but he seems to be getting weaker.With his skin fading and muscles shrinking, he’s almost no match for Myshka. Thank goodness for those powers AND his quick mind. Both Divinity and Myshka step in and out of time to stop each other. Timeline hopping and interfering ensues. Lots of big talk and small words. I don’t what’s going on here, but some of the pages have very small dialogue balloons that are kinda hard to read. I don’t know if its Dave Lanphear’s doing or some mistake with the editing team, but it i rather annoying. I’d rather not spend 10 minutes on a page trying to figure out what these characters are saying.
I want to be honest and say I expected big things fro his issue. However, I was a bit let down. This series introduced us to some big Russian players that would have been so cool to see in action. First, there was the hype over Putin being introduced in a book. We didn’t get to see much of him. We did see Myshka go back in time to see Stalin, so I let it slide. Nothing really happened with Stalin. Then we got to see Mikhail Gorbachev, so I let it go. Just like before, not much of him either. I’m sure Valiant and Matt Kindt did what they thought they could within reason, but I almost feel like the excitement for these leaders was for nothing. Being able to use at least one of them could have made for a really interesting story.
Despite a couple of missed marks, Matt Kindt delivers on other fronts. Although Myshka is as powerful as Divinity, she is as vulnerable as he is. Both physically and emotionally. Under all of the heroics and agendas, they are both two normal people with godly powers. Broken, vulnerable, alone, and powerful. Divinity and Myshka have to face the challenge that is their true self. Perhaps that is what Matt Kindt is after. Through all the disappointments, Kindt shows how human bot Divinity and Myshka are. I still feel like parts of the story are missing or have just been skipped over altogether. Perhaps Kindt wanted to keep the story short and sweet.
Trevor Hairsine’s art is like a photo being digitally transformed into a cartoon. Ryan Winn’s inks and David Baron’s colors complete the image. I think these three are the only ones that can make rotting flesh look good. I know its not supposed to look good, but I don’t need Zombie Divinity right now. It would be a bit distracting. I’ve said this before, but I don’t like a lot of inks in a comic. However, Hairsine and Winn can tie it all together in a visually pleasing way.