Written by Robert Venditti
Art by Renato Guedes
Colors by Ulises Arreola
Letters by Dave Sharpe
Review by Jason Kahler
An axe to the head, a fall from a cliff, and a plunge into a raging river are enough to end the average man.
But Gilad Anni-Padda isn’t an average man. He’s the fist of steel and earth. Chosen of the Earth Mother to be the Eternal Warrior.
And there’s fighting to be done.
In Eternal Warrior: Awakening #1, Gilad sets off to find the Fell Legion and kill its leader, Alpha Hyamm. Hyamm is a bad dude, the sort of fellow who sits on a throne made of the bones of his defeated enemies.
Battle and bluster unfold. The book ends with the promise of further adventure, and with Gilad callously abandoning his wife (for her own good, he decides).
Eternal Warrior: Awakening doesn’t ask a lot of its readers. The art is good. The dialogue feels appropriately Conan-esque. Colorist Ulises Arreola chooses brightness and vibrancy over darkness, a welcome approach that adds a great deal to the book’s overall look.
If loin cloths and axe play are your thing, this book is a buy. Eternal Warrior: Awakening #1 knows what it wants to be, and its comfortable in its own skin.