Crossovers are a tricky beast in the comic book industry. While it’s fun to see all the characters from across a universe come together, problems often arise as side-titles join the story and may de-rail long-running arcs in order to facilitate a slapdash connection. I’ve been loving Valiant’s “Armor Hunters” crossover since it started, and now I’m going to look at the latest tie-in, Unity #9!
The Armor Hunters hounds tear up London where Gilad and Ninjak rush to stem the tide. Meanwhile, at the M.E.R.O. base, Livewire considers a revelation laid upon her by the nefarious Doctor Silk. Can our intrepid heroes stem the tide, and unlock the secrets that lie within their own lives?
Unity #9 features exceptional art from Stephen Segovia and Brian Reber. Together they create excellent city-scapes, character models, and fight sequences. There’s a synergy within their work, as the former’s pencils mesh with the latter’s colors. The sequences involving Ninjak are especially great, as is Gilad’s flashback to medieval Ireland.
Alas, while Unity #9’s artwork soars its writing suffers. The issue itself has a fine story, involving Livewire’s introspection juxtaposed with the battle in London. Yet…it all feels like unnecessary filler that moves ahead neither the core story of the team nor the events of “Armor Hunters.” Sure, I love Livewire and want to know more about her, but her reflections don’t tell the reader anything we don’t already know, and the ending revelation doesn’t sit right. Furthermore, while Ninjak and Gilad have some excellent moves on the battlefield, there’s just not enough banter between the two of them. What little we get is enjoyable, but I still think we’re not treated to enough of their defining characteristics.
Unity #9 is, by far, the weakest entry in an otherwise stellar series. It really pains me to give this anything less than a high recommendation; it’s honestly not a bad comic, and is far above the quality of a lot of what makes it onto store stands. Still, this issue cannot be called anything but a miss, mainly on account of the story presented by Kindt. Perhaps shoe-horning this issue into the crossover was not the best course of action. Obviously, the team plays a role in the story, but in future installments their actions will have to feel more connected to the narrative to keep reader interest.
-great banter between Ninjak and Gilad
-doesn’t contribute much to the “Armor Hunters” crossover
-story itself is bland and meandering
Brett Simon is a twenty-four year old comic enthusiast. He thinks the Eternal Warrior deserves his own mini-series entirely set in the past.
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