After you prepare yourself for the return of Doctor Tomorrow and read the preview, you’ll know that this third issue is an action frenzy, but also an interesting take on the multiverse. Valiant has given writer Alejandro Arbona and artist Jim Towe the opportunity to drop a time-traveling (or is it multiverse traveling?) hero into an already robust lineup of heroes and given them free rein to mix them into the universe. When the series opened with the Valiant heroes all getting their butts kicked and Doctor Tomorrow was the only hero who could stop it, you know things can get hairy fast.
I liked the first half of this issue, but loved the second half. The first half is nearly all action with superheroes zipping around and working together to help Doctor Tomorrow stop a purple villain who looks kinda like…well, Doctor Tomorrow. Things calm down and that’s when the action stops and the book gets really interesting. It’s in this second half we learn all about the villain, gather an interesting question of if one were to have the ability to traverse the multiverse and end on a cliffhanger that’s quite a shock. I can’t stress enough the clever angle Arbona takes. It’s a fun idea for lovers of superheroes.
The art is pretty damn good too. Towe, with color artist Diego Rodriguez, provides a bright and hopeful pop of color splashing across these heroes. The art has a fun nature to it thanks to it not being hyperrealistic, but wholesome and well rounded. It has an ever so slight cartoony look that suits the nature of the story. There’s an interesting use of layout design too, like three panels breaking up the face of the villain and good detail where it counts, like the arm of the villain breaking apart. There are a lot of characters on the page at any given time and it never looks half done or framed in a way to avoid a character.
As a reader of superhero comics my entire life, I highly recommend checking this series out for its smart take on heroes and the insane sci-fi ideas at work in their narratives. Arbona and Towe capture the fun and adventure of superheroes with a nice twist on them. Valiant has a great character on their hands here, and an even better plot taking place in this third issue.