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Valiant Comic Book Alphabet of Cool – E

Today, we look at one of the toughest Valiant characters.

Eternal Warrior

You know, it’s interesting, for one of their coolest characters, Gilad Anni-Padda’s comic book did not have all that many standout issues, even when John Ostrander came on to write the last twenty issues of the book’s 50 issue run.

Which is too bad, because the idea of an extremely tough immortal guy who is a great fighter? That’s a nice hook for a comic book.

After a decent enough opening, Barry Windsor Smith had a pretty good SUPER quick run on the book…

Then Mark Moretti had a 10 issue run and Kevin VanHook had a five-issue or so arc.

The book was not BAD at this time, but nor was it exactly anything but average.

Some nice early Yvel Guichet artwork…

Ted Halstead probably drew the most issues – he even drew the early issues of John Ostrander’s run (what is Halstead up to nowadays? I haven’t seen him do anything since Valiant).

Ostrander’s tenure also saw some incoming major talent – Paul Gulacy, Dale Eaglesham, Butch Guice – not too shabby, and since this IS Ostrander we’re talking about, the stories DID pick up a bit, but they were underwhelming compared to what you’d expect from Ostrander.

It also had one of the sillier cover gimmicks. There was an issue with a cover SO GRAPHIC that they could not show it in the Previews, and it came with a warning covering the cover image.

That cover image?

Yep, you got it – a severed arm.

That’s it.

Pretty silly – unlike Eternal Warrior, normally – normally it was an entertaining action comic – a lot like MacGuyver, really, right down to their mullets.

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Actually, I worked with Ted Halsted in his post-comics days: he went on to be one of the founders of Human Head Studios in Wisconsin, leading a lot of the visual design on Rune (for the PC and PS2) and Prey (for the PC and the Xbox 360.) A great artist and a nice guy.

You might find Eternal Warrior quite average, but somehow it became my favorit Valiant book and when i need a good read, i open the box and starts reading.

It wasn’t a BAD comic, Morten. It was pretty entertaining throughout.

Eternal Warrior had a neat concept, but I never found the execution very interesting. He was brave and heroic, he fought a lot, he couldn’t die… Okay.

I always found him much more interesting when he appeared with Armstrong; it was a fun contrast with his brother, who really only cared about having a good time. For that matter, I found the future-version (who teamed up with Magnus) a bit more interesting, too, as he was a mellower, wiser version.

Charles Constant

April 26, 2008 at 6:54 pm

If ‘T’ isn’t “Timewalker” then I shall recommend your firing.

Eternal Warrior always kind of reminded me of Highlander, the tv series.

It was good but got overshadowed but other Valiant properties IMO. He could be an extremely unstoppable bad@ss if done correctly. Sort of a Valiant Wolverine type of force of nature.

If ‘T’ isn’t “Timewalker” then I shall recommend your firing.

I’ll take that into consideration, Charles, particularly since T is not going to be Timewalker. :)

I am just hoping for H to be H.A.E.D.U.S.

But would it really be fair for Vincent Van Goat to get two entries?

I’ll take either. Either, I say!

“It also had one of the sillier cover gimmicks. There was an issue with a cover SO GRAPHIC that they could not show it in the Previews”

I’m gonna have to check when I get home, but if I remember correctly, the cover was in fact shown in Previews with a warning that said that it could not be shown.

I’ll scan the page form Previews when I get home, I’m 80% sure that the image is on it in black and white with the warning as part of the solicit information.

As for Ostrander, the guy gets an F in VALIANT far as I’m concerned.

He failed to know the name of the free will robot from Magnus twice and on EW he “revealed” that Gilad was really King Arthur, a notion that contradicts both character’s concepts.

Another Ostrander mistake of note was how in Eternal Warrior #33 he showed his ignorance and called Neville Alcott “Neville Sinclair” (a character that did not exist in the comics who had the name and last name of two different characters), while the penciller drew someone who was neither Neville Alcott NOR Sinclair.

For more information on this and other VALIANT comics, check out the Official VALIANT Universe Wiki at http://www.valiantentertainment.com/wiki/index.php/Main_Page :)

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