Title: Valiant High #4 (of 4)
Writer: Daniel Kibblesmith
Artist: Derek Charm
Cover: David Lafuente
Publication Date: August 1, 2018
Homecoming! HoCo! The most important day of the year. The students of Valiant High are in their very best and are eager to see the Valiant High Man o’ Wars take on their rivals, the Vine! But, while everyone looks forward to the dance, the Immortal Enemy awaits a perfect time to appear. Will the students of Valiant High be able to stop him – and will Pete Stanchek ever get a date? Find out in this issue of Valiant High! Taking place outside of Valiant’s standard continuity, Valiant High is packed with never-before-seen incarnations of the greatest icons from the largest independent superhero universe in comics – including Archer & Armstrong, the Death-Defying Dr. Mirage, the Eternal Warrior, Toyo Harada, Kris Hathaway, Peter Stanchek, Quantum and Woody, and many more. You’ve never seen the heroes of the Valiant Universe quite like this before!
Homecoming has arrived at Valiant High, but it’s not without its ups and downs. Things do not go as planned on the football field and things just get worse at the Homecoming dance. The mysterious evil that has been plaguing the school finally makes its move this issue, but it quickly discovers that the students of Valiant High are loyal to their school. Just when it seems like there is no hope left for our young heroes, Amanda steps in to save the day, with the help of her classmates.
As the final issue of this four part series, my expectations were set pretty high. Kibblesmith has consistently put together a great script, filled with mystery and intrigue, and this final issue is no different. Kibblesmith answers the larger questions that have loomed over the issues, but leaves the reader a bit of a cliffhanger. However, the real success in the issue is the connection between the students of Valiant High. After their spectacular fight with the ancient evil, the students kind of walk of together, Breakfast Club style. The nostalgia of the moment leaves the reader with warm and fuzzies, even if the mysterious evil is not completely defeated.
Derek Charm’s art is consistent to the very end, bringing together the bleakness of high school with the vibrant world of Valiant High. The final fight scene in this issue is terrific, particularly because of Charm’s depiction of the possessed school mascot, the jellyfish.
The Bottom Line:
It’s a bit cheesy at times, but the conclusion to the Valiant High series is fun to the last page. Kibblesmith’s script is excellent to the very end, with just a touch of nostalgia. Complementing that, as always, is Charm’s artwork.