Seraph’s Sanctions: Ivar, Timewalker # 12

Writer: Fred Van Lente
Art: Pere Perez
Colors: Andrew Dalhouse
Letterer: Dave Sharpe & Esposito
Publisher: VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT (December 2015)

The Breakdown:

It is the last chance to stop the Null and their plan while Ivar decides to save the multiverse … and Neela alongside the bird woman Ank. And when this is all said and done, nothing will be the same.


The Good:

This was an amazing ending to both the incredible storyline we witnessed and to the entire Timewalker series. Van Lente writes an ending full of power, action, comedy and emotion that blends so well like a great ice cream sundae. There are all sorts of treats this issue and Van Lente has no problem letting the characters have their moment while advancing the plot. And advancing the plot he does. The overall ending just weaves everything in so effortlessly that you have to step back to really take in what you experienced. Ivar, Neela and Ank have some of the best character development out there today. Van Lente makes sure that things end with a nice little bow. Van Lente takes the emotionally powerful and seemingly mundane and blends them with the utter fantastic of time. And while there are plenty of nods to the series and the Valiant Universes, Van Lente makes sure that Timewalker continues to be its own thing. The dialogue was exceptional. The overall pacing was exquisite.

Perez goes all out this final issue and it shows. There is definitely a lot of detail that he shows up, but we also get to have plenty of emotion. The panel work just jumps at you with its depth and overall all composition. Dalhouse’s colors really look fantastic on Perez’s art. We see all sorts of fantastic things and plenty of call backs that Perez and Dalhouse just knocks it out of the park. Seriously, this is some of their best work…period.


The Bad:
That this was the final issue! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!IVAR_012_005

The Verdict:
One of the best comics I have ever read. Van Lente takes the normal and mundae and rebuild it into something that is both fantastically sci-fiĀ  and drama with ease. Perez and Dalhouse present some of their great arc. And the ending was just so compelling. This is what comics should aspire to be.