Title: Valiant High #2 (2018-)
Writer: Daniel Kibblesmith
Artist: Derek Charm
Cover: David Lafuente, Dan Parent
Publication Date: June 6, 2018
“Class is in session as Valiant’s all-ages escapade escalates!
As Valiant Universe’s best and brightest young minds know all too well, Valiant High isn’t your average everyday high school…
High school becomes more complicated in this issue as Amanda must face the infamous driving test, Peter undergoes a fashion transformation, and Gilad’s secret is revealed. Zephyr is missing, Principal Harada is hiding something, and what is going on with that creepy, shadowy janitor? As the students of Valiant High navigate everyday life, they must find the balance between being super and just being human.
Daniel Kibblesmith continues to find the unique balance between typical teenage life and superhero stardom, seamlessly blending the two worlds together. The story moves quickly, answering some questions from the first issue, but developing the story in other areas. The questions that arise in this issue are ones that will undoubtedly become the arc of this series. What makes this issue great is the way Kibblesmith manipulates the world of high school, using all its awkward and unpredictable moments, adding to them a dash of mystery and suspense, in essence heightening the average drama of the setting.
Charm’s artwork once again compliments the writing, balancing the bright, colorful diverse high school against the mystery and intrigue that Kibblesmith crafts with words. The standout piece of art for this issue is the mysterious janitor, whom Charm draws in silhouette, highlighting the character’s separates from the other characters, while illustrating the mystery around the character. Kibblesmith and Charm work flawlessly together, marrying the written story to the illustrated work.
The Bottom Line:
Valiant High #2 continues to impress! Kibblesmith crafts an excellent story, with high school drama, a missing student, and a mysterious janitor. And Charm’s artwork perfectly balances the tone of Kibblesmith’s writing, a bit peppy with mysterious undertones.