If Valiant’s 4001 AD was a cyberpunk dystopia, its follow-up Fallen World is much harder to simplify in that way. It’s some parts post apocalypse disaster, some parts superhero action, and some parts heady sci-fi adventure. It’s all very fun though.
Dan Abnett, Adam Pollina, Ulises Arreola, and Jeff Powell return us to the future in the next chapter of Rai’s journey.
New Japan has fallen, and Rai leads what’s left of civilization to pick up the pieces. However all that is endangered when the Eternal Warrior and Geomancer discover one particular part of New Japan that’s different than the rest. What lies within it, and how will it change this new world?
Abnett spends the first half of the issue building the status quo, but he keeps it all interesting and not too exposition heavy. However, when Gilad shows up, the story kicks into overdrive, becoming a tense thriller. He also keeps things familiar for any Valiant reader who’s new to this particular era, using Bloodshot and Gilad Anni-Padda both in the issue as a gateway for those readers.
Pollina and Arreola’s work is stunning. Pollina dives deep into creating this world, designing creatures, cities and landscapes that show us this is a world unlike anything we might be familiar with, with Arreola breathing life into it with his colors. Pollina also does some great action, drawing us into Rai’s heads as things start to unravel by keeping the focus tightly on the hero.
This debut gives us an exciting world to explore, as well as a chilling new threat to the Valiant Universe. I’m excited to see where it goes.
Fallen World #1 is available now from Valiant Entertainment.