Seraph’s Sanctions: Divinity II #1

Writer: Matt Kindt
Art: Trevor Hairsine & Ryan Winn
Colors: David Baron
Letterer: Dave Lanphear
Publisher: Valiant Entertainment (April 2016)

The Breakdown:
Abram, fDIVINITY2_001_006rom the first miniseries, had two other cosmonauts with him. Meet Valentina Volkov … one of the other two cosmonauts. We learn her tragic story and “real mission” as she is sent up to space with Abram and one other cosmonaut. As we find the fate of that last cosmonaut, we also learn what happens when Valentina drinks in the same power that Abram did … and what she intends to do next.

The Good:

The team is back together and it feels so, SO GOOD! Hairsine, Wynn and Baron return to Divinity with an energy that brings out some of their best work to date. The stunning backgrounds and the various perspectives just make this book look and feel out of this world while building a wonderful background to the story of our lead, Valetina Volkov. We got to see more of the Unknown and the space that the three cosmonauts explored and our art team did not disappoint. Hairsine’s pencils look more refined here with Winn’s sharp inks, allowing the art to have a DIVINITY2_001_004deep look than what they did during the first miniseries. Baron’s colors are sharper than ever, with a strong vibracy that really comes through. Every panel is colored to near perfection, fitting the right tones to the emotion of the scene and the area which the scene takes in.

Kindt creates a riveting story about a woman who is strong … strong willed and strong in her beliefs and seeing how that shapes her. We learn a lot about Valentina as an eerie mirror to Abram …except she is very much immersed and strong believes in communism. This is firmly done with Valentina’s connections to her “adoptive” family, her training and her own “mission” that she was given. Kindt really does a wonderful job building us on the character of Valentina Volkov. Kindt builds these worlds creatively enough that it makes it both relateable and fantastic. Kindt adds just the right amount of conspiracies, politics and personality to make this issue captivating.

The Bad:
Nada. Zero. Zip.

The Verdict:

Kindt, Hairsine, Wynn and Baron knock the ball out of the park. This book is a solid first issue that sets up a lot while getting us a very strong picture of Valentina Volkov and her driving forces. The art is simply beautiful, with an array of perspectives, solid line work and color. And the story is gripping. Kindt really grasps his strengths with character development and kicks off this miniseries with a bang. We don’t have a typical lead in Valentina, which makes the book that much more gripping. Kindt even makes this book extremely accessible by mentioning Abram, but needing his story to be a focal point here. The book is full of depth, mystery, intrigue and a character that is relateable, even if you disagree with her perspective.