Review: Divinity #1 (of 4)

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Divinity #1 Cover AMost of Divinity #1 is Abram Adams backstory—how did he get to be the cosmonaut sent into space? Who did he know before? What shaped him? Who else is important? There is also a rock climber named David Camp whose story only just intersects with Abrams. It seems Divinity is going to require the reader to pay attention to everything, as Kindt is not yet showing how everything is fitting together.

Matt Kindt stuffs this first issue with biblical references. The hero is a man named Abram Adams and who was abandoned in a basket as a baby and who is in a relationship with a woman named Eva. There is also a David Camp, and a woman named Mariah who shows up holding a baby, and a garden that may or may not be Eden. Time does not seem to be behaving quite right. The stage is set to reveal the divinity, but we do not know yet what kind of divinity he will be or how he came to be that way.

Trevor Hairsine’s art is, as always, a vital portion of the story. He shows how Abram changes as he grows up, how he dreams, and what he dreams. There are even a few bright pages from Abrams’ memory of A Princess of Mars, some portion of which is echoed in the envisioned Eden. Kindt and Hairsine combine to create one of the eerier scenes I’ve come across: The divinity transforms some soldiers, and they do not appear to mind: Being turned into a flock of butterflies apparently tickles. Colorist David Baron switches tone and mood from place to place, showing snowy Moscow in subdued tones, the dusty Australian Outback in a blur of red, and Barsoom and Eden in lush colors.

Divinity #1 is a promising start to the tale; it is recommended to anyone who likes superheroes with a side-helping of the strange.

Writer: Matt Kindt
Penciler: Trevor Hairsine
Inker: Ryan Wynn
Colorist: David Baron
Letter: Dave Lanphear

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