Valiant’s Eternal Warrior #6 What Next for the Eternal Emperor?

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With Eternal Warrior #6 Pak’s Eternal Emperor storyline really begins to take shape. Having left his village behind, Gilad Anni-Padda has taken his granddaughter, Caroline, in search of the cure for the radiation poisoning his people now unknowingly suffer. His plan is to scout out Eternal Warrior 6 coverthe more technologically advanced city quietly, find out what they are doing,and whether they have a cure, and then leave. There’s only one problem: He is the Eternal Warrior. Nothing ever happens quietly.

Past a vague reference to “wars and nuclear bombings” in the introduction, Eternal Warrior #6 does not offer any further clues about how the 4001 AD world got the way it is, or how it connects to the god-killing of the previous arc. What it does offer, though, is plenty of action and an intriguing mystery. Just who are these city people and what are they up to? How does Gilad fit their plan? It also offers Gilad a moral dilemma—one he then  uses as a teaching moment for his granddaughter in a scene which hovers oddly between touching and creepy as he asks her who he should kill when. That actually suits Gilad’s character just fine; the man may be centuries old, but he’s better at swords than shades of grey. There’s also a parallel father-son tale being told off to the side, giving Gilad an extra connection in the new location. So, too, does the fact that he’s clearly something of a cyborg himself, a similarity made especially clear as he’s fighting the mysterious “boss” of he city.

Robert Gill really gets into the world-building here. His worn-down, patched-together city, half futuristic tech, half medieval fortress, is a creepy presence throughout the tale. His lines of worried, downtrodden slaves fill the role of crowd while still looking like individual people. He’s also got some great close-ups of Caroline’s wide-eyes as she tries to take it in and process the differing dilemmas add to the tale’s gravitas. And the action scenes are worth it in themselves.

This book gives the Eternal Emperor all the traction it needs; do we really have to wait another month for #7?

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