A being with the power of a god roams free in the Australian Outback, bringing life to the barren wasteland and making him a hero to natives who live there and the visitors that have sought him out. But can the global superpowers of Earth rely on this long lost cosmonaut not to abuse his seemingly limitless power? The entity called DIVINITY will put that trust to the test when he discovers what became of the life he left behind…and the family he once knew…
Picking up from the previous issue, the Valiant superhero team known as UNITY have confronted Abram in the Australian outback. They attempt to apprehend them and…it doesn’t go well. Through some inventive use of his seemingly unlimited powers it makes each member of the team perceive months or years of time passing as they are stranded in barren surroundings, when in reality mere seconds have passed in real life. Ninjak is able to force himself to see through the illusion and one by one he confronts his teammates and tries to help them break through the mental blocks as well. Meanwhile, though flashbacks we see more scenes of Abram and Eva back in Russia before he left for space. And then we learn that he was not the only one sent out by the Russians, there were two other cosmonauts, a man and a woman, all in their own pods and launched with him. In 1987 they all reached some kind of barrier of deep space. I’m not exactly what it’s supposed to be but, thanks to artist Trevor Hairsine, it sure looks pretty.
Abram has some kind of mental and physical connection to…whatever the heck it is out there, and it beckons them to come forward. The other two do that and disappear into the void, but Abram decides to return home, now transformed into the being that he is today. The issue ends with another cliffhanger. And I believe that this is there is only one issue left of this miniseries, which makes it feel unsatisfying. We still don’t have a real feel for Abram, the supposed main character. Matt Kindt, the writer, gives us more insight into Ninjak and his teammates in this issue than he does to Abram. Revelations like the existence of the other two cosmonauts, just feel pointless since there was zero hint of their existence before, nor do we learn anything about them.
On the plus side, Trevor Hairsine’s artwork remains a beauty to behold. Particularly in his scenes of deep space.
But the art can’t cover for the incomplete story. Hopefully things will be wrapped up better in the final issue. Chacebook rating: THREE STARS