Title: Incursion #2
Words: Andy Diggle and Alex Paknadel
Pencils: Doug Braithwaite
Colors: Diego Rodriguez
Letters: Marshall Dillon
Published: March 20, 2019
Publisher’s Summary: There is only one world left to conquer… Entire planets have suffered and died at the cold, close-fisted hands of the alien Imperatrix Virago – and now her gruesome sights are set on our world. As Earth’s chosen protector, the Geomancer named Tama fights for her life, while the Eternal Warrior goes on the ultimate mission through the perilous realm of the Deadside to find the secret to saving her…and the entire planet in the process.
“Look…there’s no sugar-coating this: Tama is an interface between humanity and nature. Infecting her with a necromantic virus is the same as infecting the whole planet. If she dies, then…”
It turns out that it’s much easier to take out Earth by infecting its Geomancer than it is to rot a planet from the inside out; Imperatrix Virago was well aware of this fact and sent her lackey to infect Tama, Earth’s Geomancer, last issue. Now, with Tama on her deathbed, her guardian, the Eternal Warrior, must venture to the Deadside in hopes to save the Geomancer that he is sworn to protect.
This issue opens with several pages worth of information/explanation, but coming off of a stunning debut, there is more than enough momentum to use a bit bringing readers up to speed. It was just a matter of time before readers found themselves standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the Eternal Warrior, trekking through the Deadside, and, although we just arrived, I am glad that we are here.
Andy Diggle and Alex Paknadel have done a fantastic job in getting readers acclimated to this story, and in doing so, they have allowed for a reading experience that, despite being epic in scope, is unburdened and easy to enjoy. From panel to panel, the writing couldn’t be stronger, and from page to page, the artwork couldn’t be more impressive. Incursion is one of the most well-crafted books currently in being published.
It’s been quite some time since I’ve been this excited and this eager to continue reading a comic series; despite having read my fair share of Valiant comics, I’ve never been a bigger fan than I am now. Why? Valiant treats its readers, as well as its intellectual content, with care and respect; this fact has become more and more apparent in recent times. Incursion is an epic, wide-sweeping series that impacts and involves every inch of the Valiant universe–sure, there’s a lot to know, but Valiant and its creators don’t expect readers to be familiar with everything. Valiant and its creators pace and construct their stories in such a way that they invite and welcome new readers to the party. This type of accessibility is what the industry needs. But, I’ll hop off my soapbox now…
Incursion #2 is another must-read comic; again, if you’ve been looking to dive into the Valiant universe, now it the time to do it.
The Bottom Line:
With a stunning sophomore effort, Incursion continues to provide a cinematic reading experience that is as immersive as it is entertaining.