Rapture #4
Written by: Matt Kindt
Art by: Cafu, Juan Jose Ryp, Francis Portela, and Andrew Dalhouse
Published by: Valiant Comics

Hands down the best comic that Valiant Comics put out this year is the Rapture miniseries. I’ll be honest in saying that it may be the best miniseries Valiant has put out since its relaunch back in 2012.

Rapture #4 hits right at the lowest point for our heroes. Ninjak, Rex, Punk Mambo, and Tama the Geomancer had arrived in Deadside, with Shadowman in tow, to stop the villainous Babel from destroying the world. Except Shadowman is slightly conned into helping Babel without thinking about the repercussions.

Now…its the end of the world. Unlike R.E.M., Shadowman doesn’t feel fine. How do you stop an immortal madman who has been planning for a millennia? Jack Boniface was supposed to be the one to defeat Babel but, as Shadowman chose the wrong side, he finds himself wondering why he decided to do what he did.

Once Jack comes to his senses it is a massive fight between Shadowman, Babel, and the massive monster loas for the entire universe. It is a fight for the ages and these battle scenes blow me away with its scope, artwork, and extraordinary coloring.

Who wins? We all know who wins. The Valiant universe certainly isn’t going anywhere. But sometimes it isn’t about the destination. It’s about the journey and Rapture has been one hell of a ride.

Valiant has had some incredible teams work on their books but teaming Matt Kindt and Cafu together may have been the best decision Valiant ever made.

Rapture #4 certainly ends this miniseries with a bang and it is safe for me to say at this point that Rapture is the best book of 2017. There’s still 4 months to go to have someone prove me wrong, but I have a feeling that this team-up of Ninjak and Shadowman will go down in Valiant history.

RANK: A+

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