Divinity IIby Published 07 Sep 2016
|Publisher||Valiant Entertainment, LLC|
The much-anticipated follow-up to the five-time sold-out series that The Onion/A.V. Club calls the “Best New Superhero of 2015” is here!
At the height of the Cold War, the Soviet Union – determined to win the Space Race at any cost – green lit a dangerously advanced mission. They sent three cosmonauts farther into space than anyone has gone before or since. Handpicked orphans with no connections to Earth, trained as devout Communists, and restricted from having families, they became lost in the stars and encountered something unknown… Something that changed them.
Long thought lost and erased from the history books, Abram Adams was the first to return, crash-landing in the Australian Outback. The few that have been able to reach him believe him to be a deity. They say he can bend matter, space, and even time to his will. But, even with seemingly limitless power at his fingertips, he is concerned only with the secret love he hid away from his superiors and the unborn child he never had a chance to meet.
Now, Myshka, the female co-pilot of the group, has also returned to Earth…but, unlike Abram she had no secret family. Unlike Abram, she still believes in the Communist ideal. And, unlike Abram, she intends to play a very real role in the return of Soviet glory.
Collecting: Divinity II 1–4
Divinity II Reviews
Comparing Divinity II with the first Divinity, I have more respect for the artist, less for the writer.
The art was actually quite beautiful. The story.. had.. moments.
Wow, what a great series! Thanks, Valiant, for not sucking.
So while Divinity follows Abram Adams, Divinity II follows Myshka, aka Valentina Volkov. Myshka is Abram's foil, a contrasting character with a similar origin, an orphan who is also picked for the top secret Soviet space program.
Much like Divinity, Divinity II strikes a balance between action and philosophy. Philosophy of what? The human condition mostly. Of time and living with regret. Being lonely and angry, but instead of taking revenge on the world, having compassion to help others like yourself.
This reads almost like a philosophical dialog between gods. But with more punching. They discuss politics, morality, love, and the ethics of time travel. It's all very deep and interesting. Not totally groundbreaking, but truly intriguing for what's presented as a science fiction super hero comic.
But I want more story and length. Kindt does great for the space, but these two books took me no time at all to read. So I'm hoping Divinity gets several more volumes to hash out the story and fully develop into five start material.
(4.5 stars)Solid vol.2 from Valiant, Divinity is a great series that Matt Kindt has written. It is sci-fi at the core but has small elements of superhero and world building into the other valiant series. book 2 picks up with the other two astronauts that Divinity left behind in space, Myshka and Kazmir. Myshka decides to expose herself to the power that created Divinity. Myshka returns to earth and has a great sense of nationalism and thinks Divinity betrayed his country and his comrades. They battle through time and space which provides some cool action panels. I especially like the writing from Kindt when he is explaining time as a book "...but only one page can be viewed at a time, the urge to change and edit is natural but the words are already printed. The best you can do is underline a phrase..." the whole panel is awesome explaining their limitations. The art is beautiful and matches the story well. Looking forward to vol.3
And it does take off with this second volume.
One of Divinity’s comrades finds her way back from outer space. After her encounter with The Unknown she possesses the same god-like powers that he does. But she has completely different plans of how to use them.
She’s not exactly happy with what happened to the Soviet Union and since she’s able to travel back and forth in time she figures she should have a little talk with some people.
All of them pretty well known.
So the MI-6, after capturing Divinity in the last book, decides to bring him in for peace talks. Though they might have slightly overestimated their control over him anyway.
Divinity is following his former colleague and tries to talk sense into her while she clearly prefers to kick his ass.
It was great fun. And with the political and historical bits there‘s also a second layer to this. I really like the direction this took after the first volume. I was a little concerned about that, considering how the first book ended. But this turned out to be unjustified.
Looking forward to the third one now.
The second volume of Divinity continues the wonderful sci-fi story from the first volume.
Abram Adams has returned with the powers of a God. But, tempered by his love for his former beau and child, he does not use his powers to their fullest. Enter Myshka, the 2nd of three cosmonauts sent on this mission, and she has no qualms about using her powers. Putting her support and powers behind President Putin-Russia emerges as an untouchable super-power. In time they take over the entire world.
Adams is forced to enter into a conflict with Myshka in order to save the world. Great story, good writing and good art combine to make a fun sci-fi tale. I would say more-but no spoilers for this excellent tale of godlike beings returning to earth.