Dandy Don the Valiant Review: THE VISITOR #4 – Face Time!
THE VISITOR #4
Writer: Paul Levitz
Artist: Mj Kim
Cover Artists: Amilcar Pinna, Jon Davis-Hunt, Netho Diaz
Publisher: Valiant Entertainment
Oh, hey, Mom. Yep, I’m still healthy. Staying in the cold basement has a way of keeping away the viruses. Plus, I’m feeling really good after reading The Visitor. No, I didn’t say we had a visitor. I said I just got through reading The Visitor. Issue #4, in fact. No, Mom, we didn’t have four visitors. I know I need permission to have friends over, but I didn’t have anybody over. No, I didn’t! Geesh. Sorry about that, OG peeps. Now, let’s get to this week’s Dandy Don the Valiant’s weekly review.
After reading The Visitor #4 from Valiant Comics, I understand that I still don’t understand everything that’s going on, and that’s okay. Writer Paul Levitz is unraveling a mystery like a ball of string. It has to be undone slowly, but surely. It’s like that diamond ring that a boyfriend buys for his girlfriend at Christmas, but he doesn’t want her to figure out what it is while it’s sitting under the tree. So, he wraps the small jewelry box into a box, then into a larger box, then into another larger box, and then one more larger box. When it’s time for her to open it up, you watch her open up box after box until she finally gets to the prize. Patience is a virtue and it’s so worth it. That’s how I feel about The Visitor series so far, including this issue.
It has been sort of a slow ride to get to where we are, but I think it’s been done intentionally by Levitz, to develop the character for the long haul, and not just for a stand-alone six-issue mini-series. I don’t mind that. I don’t need to know everything about a character in the first issue. It’s kind of like a Tootsie Roll lollipop. It’s takes a while to get to the center, unless you’re too eager and take a bite ending the suspense. If you do, then it’s over too quickly. I appreciate Levitz taking at least four issues before finding out that some of characters aren’t who we thought they were. Of course, I’m talking about some of the villains. And at the end of this issue, The Visitor takes off his mask. A surprise ending? Not really. There have been flashbacks of his past, but is it really the same person? Surely it isn’t this easy. I keep waiting for a twist. And what’s that on his face? Will he be able stop the bad guys to save the future? Only time will tell. I’m looking forward to issue #5 so I can open up another one of those boxes to get to that final one.
Paul Levitz is a legendary writer, so I trust in him to bring this series to a dramatic, suspenseful, and satisfying end that will be worth the wait and have us begging for another series from The Visitor. Artist Mj Kim and colorist Ulises Arreola have done a superb job bringing the story to life. And the regular cover art by Amilcar Pinna and variant covers by Jon Davis-Hunt and Netho Diaz are bright, shiny, and very cool to soak in. A great job all around by this dynamic team that I don’t consider to be visitors to the Valiant universe anymore; I consider them family that can visit anytime.
No, Mom, I did NOT sneak anyone into the basement. That’s just a sneeze. You did NOT catch anything from anybody! Oh, boy.
THE VISITOR #4