Writer: Robert Venditti
Art: Robert Gill
Colors: Mike Spicer
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Publisher: VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT (December 2016)
Find out how Gilad and Kalam escape the clutches of the Pale Herder and his men … violently as the father and son have a final conversation to clear the air between them once and for all.
Not. A. Sing. Thing.
The Moment of the Issue:
Honestly, I was getting emotional between the father and son conversation between Gilad and Kalam. It was hitting me close to home and Venditti perfectly hit all the emotional beats.
WOW! They certainly saved the best for last. Deal with a Devil as well as the series ends with a bang. The entire creative team creates a brilliant final issue that not only wraps up the story arcs and plots that have started since the beginning of the series & also wrap up Gilad’s character arc. Gill and Spicer create a vivid, violent and emotionally powerful book with visuals that are masterpieces. The gritty pencils and inks of Grill serves this book perfectly to match the tone of the book and Gilad’s overall style of being a man of violence and wrath. Spicer’s colors really bring out the best in Gill’s line work, but enhancing those lines with his sharper, vivid colors.
Meanwhile, Venditti writes one of the his best issues in his entire career. The finale of the book really hit all the points that make Gilad amazing and compelling. He is more than just a man who has lived a long time. Gilad is a man of wrath. A man of anger. A man of power. Yet, he’s still a man deep down who cares for those he loves. Venditti gives something that Gilad has not had since as long as most people have known him … inner piece. This was last hinted at way back during his first appearance in Venditti’s X-O Manowar run years ago, yet not really fleshed out. Thus, making the violence that Gilad has done since we’ve known him, fueled by what happened with Kalam long ago till the moment they have their full reconciliation. There’s a reason behind Gilad’s violence. There’s a reason behind Gilad’s psychology. Venditti ties it all together perfectly, allowing Gilad to truly evolve.
Wrath of the Eternal Warrior # 14 is a work of art that perfectly wraps up not only the series, but the character arc of Gilad, the Eternal Warrior. We get to see the humanity with him the long worn warrior and see him evolve. Yes, the action in the book is stunning. Gill and Spicer are a brilliant team that should be working together all the time. Honestly, they could very well be among the great art teams working together as this issue does so much between the hellish background to the brutal beheadings to the breathtaking forest where Gilad and Kalam have a heart to heart. Venditti pens a perfect issue here, tying up loose ends while advancing our lead character. The issue and series wraps up well, making readers feel good on the note it takes while leaving doors open for Gilad to continue to show up in the Valiant Universe. A triumph for Venditti.