If you’ve been reading Archer & Armstrong, the first four issues of Eternal Warrior felt like the arc we didn’t need to have. It wasn’t bad, it just felt a bit unnecessary, although I imagine the point was to make it as new-reader friendly as possible.
Eternal Warrior #5 breaks completely from the first arc, hurtling us forward to the year 4001. The gods are all dead, and our immortal hero, looking a little grey around the edges, is leading a tribal community in a post-Apocalyptic looking stretch of Earth. They are attacked by a machine/monster hybrid, which is slain to reveal a radioactive warning. Recognising this creation for the danger that it is, the Eternal Warrior takes his people to a fallout shelter he created some century or more ago, saving them from the atomic blast. Temporarily, anyway. He sets off to find the source of the machine and, hopefully, a cure for the radiation that will kill his tribe.
While I didn’t think this issue was fantastic, I liked it better than issues #1 through #4, and it’s the setup of what I think will end up being a fun little arc. The most interesting thing about a character like this is the versatility it affords a writer, and I hope Greg Pak continues to play off that and gives us more stories scattered through various points in history/the future.
Robert Gill is the new guy on art this arc and I think his style suits Pak’s script perfectly, giving the year 4001 an Anime-esque look – I was reminded of something like Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. I’m not familiar with anything else Gill has done, but will be keeping an eye out for his name in the future. I don’t know what Valiant’s plans are, but I’d be very happy for Gill to stick around for the long haul, although that generally hasn’t been the case with Valiant artists.