At the dawn of human civilization his legend had already begun. The immortal man who leads an army is Gilad Anni-Padda, the Eternal Warrior. Since the time of Mesopotamia, the Eternal Warrior has fought the wars of man. Tens of millennia have past and thousands of friends and loved ones have left him. Even one so steeped in myth can grow weary of the constant death that surrounds him but leaving this life behind is not what the world has planned for him.
In “Eternal Warrior” #1 from Valiant Comics, writer Greg Pak and artist Trevor Hairsine open a new chapter in the life of an ancient hero by exploring the battlefields from long ago where the Eternal Warrior first learned loss at the hands of Death Cult of Nergal. Just as death and murder have been a part of man since the beginning of time, so has betrayal. It is from this betrayal that the story begins.
Pak instills the Eternal Warrior with a strong sense of morality. The wars he fights are not for glory or revenge they are for protection. The fighting is out of need, not want. He leads soldiers not animals who defile anything in their path. Doing to the enemy what they would do to him is forbidden it is what makes him better, what makes him human despite his eternal life.
Over the numerous millennia since the days of territorial Mesopotamian wars, Gilad Anni-Pada has moved on from the constant killing. Trying to find some peace but a life filled with blood will haunt him forever and this will propel the modern adventures of the undying hero.
Hairsine gives the book a rough but beautiful look. His thick line gives the battle scenes a weight that completes the feeling of the hopelessness of the Eternal Warrior’s struggles. Outmatched by the drugged death cult the battle is lost. You can see the fear in the soldiers’ eyes as they get trampled by the hordes of barbarians.
The instrument that turns the tide of the battle comes across in a huge dramatic full page shot that establishes the enormity of the event and what this means for the story. Moments like these show that Harisine understands the drama of the story and the ways he builds in and out of the powerful moments is what gives the story its punch.
With tens of thousands of years of story to tell, Pak and Hairsine have a lot of fertile ground to explore. In “Eternal Warrior” #1 the creative teams shows how events of 10,000 years prior are still shaping the life of the modern day Eternal Warrior. The history is what gives the character his pathos even if we don’t learn every last detail of the character’s life and why he stands for what he does, the adventures promise to be stunning.