Post by Hannah Heath
This month I have (unintentionally) read several books/comic books set in Russia. This streak started with Crime and Punishment, ran though several Dostoyevsky short stories, and ended with one of my new favorite comic books storylines: Divinity II. This "stories set in Russia" binge made me come to two conclusions: 1) It apparently is always snowing in Russia. 2) I would not want to be on Myshka's bad side.
Who is Myshka? you ask. Well, she's an extremely patriotic cosmonaut who was born during the Cold War, but has now returned to modern Russia with god-like powers and a determination to restore the motherland to glory.
She's also very scary and on of the more interesting kind-of-antagonist/main characters I have stumbled across this year.
As you can tell from my review of Divinity II #2, I'm a fan of this story. I have been long awaiting the arrival of Divinity II #3. Okay, so, I've been waiting for about a month, but still. You can imagine my excitement when I was finally able to get my hands on a copy.
Written by the ever-awesome Matt Kindt and illustrated by the talented Trevor Hairsine, my waiting paid off. This single issue was exactly what I was hoping for:
The world runs red! Abram Adams' former teammate - the long-lost cosmonaut Myshka - has returned from deep space and, seemingly overnight, the former Soviet Union has taken charge as the globe's dominant economic and military force. But this isn't enough for Myshka: she soon realizes that the only way for the Soviet Union to gain full power is for her to go back in time and change the course of history. Divinity, a man endowed with the same powers as Myshka, must stop her from bringing the world to it's knees. But Myshka is driven by a seemingly unquenchable fire, her devotion to Russia allowing her to outmatching Divinity's own power. In this story arc, Divinity and Myshka grapple for power in a struggle that will change the destiny of mankind.
Just as in Divinity II #2, this single issue features two formidable characters that are both extremely well characterized. It is unusual for a story to be able to hold two incredibly strong personalities in one plot, but Kindt pulled it off. Of course, this would not have been possible without Hairsine's incredible illustrations, which worked to awesomely portray Myshka and Divinity's raw power. Kindt and Hairsine make one heck of a team.
There were several panels that I had to go back and reread because of how great the dialogue was. My favorite bit:
Divinity: It is beyond the human mind to understand every small choice and where it may lead. We may have the power of gods. But it is paired with the minds of mortals.
If you have yet to read this series, jump on in! Divinity II #3 will be released on July 22nd. Yep. That's tomorrow. What does that mean? It means that, should you have good decision-making skills, you have time to read the first two issues so that you can be ready for this one when it comes out.
Have you reading any of Divinity II? I'd love to hear what you thought of it! Also, leave a comment below and tell me about your favorite stories by Matt Kindt and/or Trevor Hairsine.
This comic book was supplied to Constant Collectible by Valiant Comics in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.