Great Character Redemption With ‘The Forgotten Queen’ #1 (Review)
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Writer: Tini Howard
Artist: Amilcar Pinna
A few years ago, there was this storyline in Valiant’s team book Unity, where they faced off with a woman named War-Monger, a character that was a decent foil for the super team but one that felt very forgettable. Once she was dispatched, I’m sure that myself and most other Valiant fans thought that was the end of the character. In what turned out to be a bit of a shocker, The Forgotten Queen continues the story of the War-Monger, all the while telling us about the history of the character, from her past in the Mongolian Empire to now, trapped at the bottom of the ocean.
This is Tini Howard’s first writing work in the Valiant universe, going the route of redeeming a forgettable character, as opposed to taking on a fan-favorite and for that, Tini and Valiant should be commended for doing something this different. A bad character is only bad until someone takes the time to tell a better story of them and The Forgotten Queen is just that. War-Monger still has a bit of an obnoxious side to her and that’s just what she is but I am more into this story than the previous Unity story mentioned earlier.
Artist Amilcar Pinna also makes their Valiant debut here and totally knocks it out of the park. There’s a lot of different scenery, a ton of different characters and the work presented stands out as some rather strong work from someone I am not at all familiar with.
I have questions about this character that aren’t answered just yet but The Forgotten Queen is a nice first issue to help get me there. It’s a bit of an unorthodox choice of book but that’s part of the fun with Valiant and because of that, I hope it’s one that fans give a chance to.