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Advanced Review: Archer & Armstrong #5

Writer: 
Fred Van Lente
Pencils: 
Emanuela Lupacchino
Inks: 
Guillermo Ortego
Colors: 
Matt Milla
Letterer: 
Dave Lanpear
Cover: 
Patrick Zircher, Doug Barinthwaite, Emanuela Lupacchino
Publisher: 
Valiant Entertainment
Price: 
$3.99
Release Date: 
December 12th, 2012

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Are you ready for the explosive debut of The Eternal Warrior to the all-new Valiant Universe? Even if you think you are ready, believe me, you are NOT!

Continuing immediately after the events of Archer & Armstrong #4, our oddly paired heroes are on the run after the death of a Geomancer, which in turn, unleashes the wrath of The Eternal Warrior! Chaos ensues as Armstrong must try to slow his brother down so his ally can escape. But can even Armstrong's sheer brute strength be enough to stop a being purely fueled by rage with an immortality to rival his own? It's a possibility that issue six may only have one moniker in the title!

Steeped in flashback sequences, issue five gives us a look at the past history between Armstrong and The Eternal Warrior. It is a brutal and tense relationship, one that focuses on how completely different the brothers are -- mimicking the relationship between Archer and Armstrong in the present. It is a pitch perfect tale, giving the reader a sense of direction and information about such a powerful character without making it feel forced or losing the feel of the story running concurrently with the flashbacks. It is a good juxtaposition between the past and present of the Valiant Universe, making the future storylines even more rich for doing so. 

Fred Van Lente has created a series that is at the pinnacle of perfection and is a crowning jewel in the Valiant Universe! Every issue is filled to the brim with enthralling action sequences, compelling characterization and a sense of wonderment that can only be rivaled by the heaping amounts of fun you will enjoy while reading it again and again! There is no telling how far he will take us on this wild ride but I for one, have become a fan for life!

Be bold, be daring, be -- Valiant!

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