Writer: Fred Van Lente
Artist: Clayton Henry
Colors: Brian Reber
Letters: Dave Sharpe
Cover Artist: Raul Allen
Variant Cover Artists: Dave Messina, Ramon Villalobos, Guy Major Epilogue Sequence: Francis Portela and Andrew Dalhouse
The complexities of time are simple, according to Ivar. But not so to Neela. It seems, in this issue, that she’s actually seeing herself having a slow, drawn out, nervous breakdown. Literally seeing herself through the various stages of her process to undo what the universe has done to her. Setting herself up to be this new “Mother God” to show herself…that time is not absolute.
Fred Van Lente continues Valiant’s push to show that specific phrase is more real this time, more so than any other version of that phrase. At first, you see that there is some optimism at first, but the Van Lente slowly pushes over the Edge with Neela, into the abyss of despair, before literally, getting herself back on track. Only fantastic writing does this. Good job Fred!
The art team of Clayton Henry and Brian Reber is brilliantly shown in this issue. That splash page alone with all the attempts and failures being shown, and then the outcome of those failures, is worth the price of the book alone. Then the last page…just took me a minute to appreciate how brilliant and complex it was.
Together, with the other issues leading to the Book of Death series coming up, looks like Valiant is moving each of their pieces into position, for their first ever “Unity” type crossover event. I for one just cannot wait!