Comic Book Review: Eternal Warrior: Days of Steel #3
Eternal Warrior: Days of Steel #3 marks the end of this mini series for Eternal Warrior. Showing that no matter how much time passes, Valiant makes it an effort to make sure that there is something to read from the Eternal Warrior. A character who is now a more central piece to their ever-growing Universe.
While this mini series brought a challenge to the Eternal Warrior that called for more than the swinging of his axe, this sadly left a lot to be desired in terms of feeling excited for what comes next. There were some twists here and there, but the only thing you really got out of this story was that Gilad was still at a point where he was questioning the things and purpose of what he does as the Eternal Warrior. Pretty much the only consistent of his story that you can say makes this worth reading if you read the other story arcs before. None previous connected of course, though all still have that much in common.
What could have really helped this story was having characters who had appeal. Unfortunately there wasn’t that much of Gilad seen in that capacity and the twins really had nothing to them that made you care whether they lived or died. The first brother died and you probably felt nothing. The other brother was about to get axed and you probably at that point were more interested to see what would happen if he did so. It’s not trying to be harsh, but Eternal Warrior is one of those characters that you expect something compelling from. To see some payoff that genuinely affects his future or present. Nothing new came out of this, so this could in fact be looked at filler to some extent.
The interior artwork is certainly the saving grace for this mini series. Cary Nord knows this type of story and he knows how to draw this type of character. From the atmosphere of warfare to action sequences, you were looking forward to the fighting the most just because that was something you couldn’t disappoint on when it comes to the Eternal Warrior. Aside from this he captured the frail nature of Falk very well. You sympathize with him and you can see undeniably that he had no business being in the midst of battle, let alone leading one. Brian Reber as well doing a great job with colors as he as well knows what is needed to do in order to meet what that time period needs to be believable. The faded colors to the blending of them made it feel like a narrative.
With the conclusion of Eternal Warrior: Days of Steel, this story was probably the least memorable of those which came before. An ending which was slightly underwhelming and had the makings to be a lot more if more than 3 issues was put into it. Eternal Warrior: Days of Steel had potential, it just came down to execution which didn’t quite happen with the exception of few moments.