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The Malev War

Sun Aug 11, 2013 12:25:25 pm

Phoenix8008 was gracious enough to send me some extra copies he had acquired of various 90s Valiant titles in order to help jumpstart my reading of these runs.

To start off, I began with Rai and the Future Force, which ties into Magnus and the Malev War. So far, I've gotten through #15 of Rai and #30 of Magnus. So far, I've enjoyed this story. Ostrander has long been one of the most consistent solid writers in all of comics & Chen's and Califore's art has been terrific and dynamic.

Takao is the first Rai I've ever read of so I cannot compare him to Tohru. As such, I've found Takao to be an interesting character, made out to be a new revolutionary leader if only he can believe in himself. His Harbinger power is both his blessing and curse, in that his strength of his own convictions can also affect those around him. (Question though: the crystal he received from Mother Nike, was that some sort of focusing crystal needed for his ability? When it cracked in South Am, he was rather distraught over it) Still, an interesting dynamic for him.

Really starting to like Magnus. His partnership with Rai over how best to conquer the Malev has been something of a struggle, as Takao comes to grips with his new perceived role and Magnus' instinctive impulses to take the battle to the enemy. I was really surprised by his origin, an interesting way to tie this classic character into the Valiant Universe.

Leeja is interesting as well. She seems committed to Magnus yet her justifications for her time with Takao were surprising. It's always fun to see Gilad (his flashbacks of Nazi deathcamps caused by the sight of the Malev human slavecamps were handled quite well with disturbing art). X-O Commando , Tohru's wife, won over by the strength of Takao's belief, she seems intent on proving herself worthy. Elzy and Slagger are okay, their slang dialogue gets irritating after awhile. Intrigued by Spylocke who, like other shadowy characters, seems to have an agenda all his own.

So, why all the dislike for this title? Because of the title itself (which is wonderfully cheesy)? Because Takao is somehow not as good a Rai as Tohru? So far, I've found a good sci-fi story with some very interesting characters. :thumb:

Lastly, Takao yelling 'Mindlock!' whenever he tries to take over a machine makes me chuckle. :lol:

Re: The Malev War

Sun Aug 11, 2013 2:14:37 pm

Never cared for Takeo or his abilities. The Malev War story was pretty decent though and I liked most of the team. Shouting "Mindlock!" however was just awful and reminds of Gayle saying "Solar squad attack!" Not sure how far you are into the series, but it starts sliding after a bit.

Re: The Malev War

Sun Aug 11, 2013 4:01:15 pm

The re-read I did a few years ago felt much better that he initial run. Reading it over a year was tough, especially after the initial Rai run was so good. If and when you get the chance, read the Magnus 1-8... Some of the best original stuff, especially when read in parallel with Magnus. It aged well, but comparatively worse.

Re: The Malev War

Tue Aug 27, 2013 10:12:57 pm

kevinbastos wrote:The re-read I did a few years ago felt much better that he initial run. Reading it over a year was tough, especially after the initial Rai run was so good. If and when you get the chance, read the Magnus 1-8... Some of the best original stuff, especially when read in parallel with Magnus. It aged well, but comparatively worse.


+1

People weren't in love with Takao because he was the character that replaced the original Rai and there was some begrudginess (I invented a word!).

Anyway, the Malev War is a great read, there's so much going on there.

Re: The Malev War

Wed Aug 28, 2013 1:59:16 pm

Daniel Jackson wrote:Never cared for Takeo or his abilities. The Malev War story was pretty decent though and I liked most of the team. Shouting "Mindlock!" however was just awful and reminds of Gayle saying "Solar squad attack!" Not sure how far you are into the series, but it starts sliding after a bit.


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