March 2, 2024

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Comic Review: Divinity

A human space explorer comes back after a decades-long expedition to the deepest regions of the universe with godlike powers...and he's a Soviet Cosmonaut.

Valiant recently put out a trio of mini-series all under the title of Divinity.  The basic concept was the Soviets launched a very deep space exploration in 1960 and someone just got back from it with godlike powers.

A godlike Soviet communist?  That could be a problem…

Abram Adams was a baby abandoned on the Soviet embassy steps in 1941, possibly from America.  He’s black, but aside from his watching the violence of the early Civil Rights protests on TV in Russia, that doesn’t really come up.  Abram was part of an ambitious plan to win the space race.  America wanted to land on the moon, so the Soviets would send someone out for 30 years well beyond the moon.  One of Abram’s prized possessions is a smuggled sci-fi novel implied to be the adventures of John Carter, so he was all for it.

As it is, he was gone far longer than 30 years.  Out in space he met…something.  After gaining some sort of superhuman abilities in 1987, he suddenly decided to turn around and come home.  Why?  He’d had a secret girlfriend pregnant with his child when he left, and he wanted to see them very badly.  Crash landing in the Australian outback, he starts warping reality to give everyone in his vicinity what they all really want deep down.  That gains him followers…and enemies.  The Valiant version of the Justice League, Unity, is sent in to restrain him despite the fact the combined foursome are probably heavily outmatched.

Matt Kindt’s script is fine.  It seems a bit unlikely that Ninjak of all people might come up with the way to beat the guy everyone is calling “Divinity,” but Abram isn’t really hostile, a fact not lost on many of the Unity members.  As it is, the four chapters of this trade come across like a basic introduction stretched thin with a more philosophical approach to the new character.  That’s not a bad thing per se, but it could be a lot better with either a longer intro or maybe more of a plot.  The last two chapter cover the Unity meeting, and something about it seems to take place in about five minutes but stretches out to get into Divinity’s head.  I’m not sure what to think of that.  Let’s say eight and a half sentient butterfly swarms out of ten.

Oh, and as for sequels, well…Abram wasn’t the only cosmonaut on that flight…