Seraph’s Sanctions: 4001 A.D. # 2

[vc_row][vc_column][rd_images_carousel images=”14913,14916,14902,14903,14904″ size=”full” scroll=”yes” t_color=”#dd3333″ bg_color=”#000000″][vc_column_text]Writer: Matt Kindt
Art: Clayton Crain
Colors: Clayton Crain
Letterer: Dave Lanphear
Publisher: VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT (May 2016)

The Breakdown:
Rai, Eternal Warrior and Lemur invade and battle New Japan. Father is not giving up control and had no problem making sacrifices to keep that control. Meanwhile, Lula finally meets up with the Geomancer only to receive some very bad news. New Japan is in danger and the final confrontation is just beginning.

 

The Good:

Crain proceeds to make every reader want to love him for his near cinematic masterpiece that he renders this issue. There is A LOT of action this issue and Crain’s space battle of Mecha vs. Giant Mecha Dragon … which is also New Japan … is simply amazing. From the various shots of the X-O Manowar mecha battling the behemoth above the Earth was breathtaking with every last line. Crain’s energy is so easy to see when the detailed panels were quite lively as you looked at them. The sheer sharpness in detail along with the boldness of color make for an absolutely exquisite visual experience. From the hard hits of X-O mecha punching into the face of the New Japan Dragon, to the brutal falling of sections of New Japan, to the heart felt reunion between Lula and the Geomancer as they cope with the loss of Grace; Crain pens, inks and colors this issue with a vigorous flare that demands attention. It is captivating. No emotion is lost as Crain definitely makes you feel that expression and gives intense life to Kindt’s script.
Kindt’s script is both very simple and very effective. For the most part, it is a battle of two giant robots in space, then a breaking while other characters are mourning. Yet, Kindt, in his normal fashion, makes that journey ever so fun to look at. The dialogue this issue also stands out as Rai and Father have seemingly come to a point of no return for either of them. Rai clearly wants to stop Father and Father clearly has no qualms about about making sacrifice. One of the odd things is that while this event is encompassing all the citizens of New Japan, Kindt keeps it intimate between Rai and his crew vs. Father and his minions. It’s business as usual but I liked that we didn’t deal with a ton of people in this issue, keeping a tighter focus. Kindt lets the spectacular battle fill the the majority of the issue, but gives stellar character development for Rai, Lula and Father. It was good to have some emotional moments with Lula as her home is destroyed, possibly forever. Kindt tight script did not disappoint and was paced well.

 

The Bad:
While the issue was tightly done and the overall issue was solid, we got very little of Lula and our new Geomancer. I liked it, but I honestly wish she had a bit more show time. But that is a minor gripe.

The Verdict:

4001 A.D. # 2 continues to be a blockbuster of an event, in scope and story. Crain is delivering the art of his career with the intense, detailed and stunning art work and color that he gives. The scope of everything looks even bigger than readers will image once you see it.  Every panel is crisp, vibrant and down right amazing, capturing the awe of the conflict or the emotion of the moment. Kindt scripts an issue that will make you jump for joy in excitement, horrified by the atrocities and grip you with the tears shed during this second issue. This is a fast moving train to an ultimate conflict, but Kindt and Crain are making it a fun ride.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]