Writer – Matt Kindt
Artist – David Hairsine
Inker – Ryan Winn
Colourist – David Baron
Publisher – Valiant Entertainment
Divinity has yet to answer the ultimate question posed from issue #1. What exactly happened to Abram Adams after spending all this time in space? The question has gained a bit of momentum in Divinity #2 as Abram is now considered a God-like figure after creating a self-sustaining biome in the middle of the Australian outback. Abram floats, cross-legged within his pod, overseeing his Garden of Eden without his Eve; or in this case, without his girlfriend Eva.
The creative team has done an excellent job thus far establishing a very cinematic feel to the pacing of the first two issues. With issue #2, the bouncing between the past and present is still being shown, interlaced between an unknown narrator whose identity is revealed towards the latter quarter of the issue. Matt Kindt’s script, as usual, feels very natural with the dialogue, but his strength lies in this case with the floating, drifting feel of the narration. The first issue relied on the narration as well but feels more poignant within these pages.
The art team of David Hairsine, Ryan Winn and David Baron has yet to disappoint. There are some very emotional moments that are handled with great care beginning with the first scene in which Eva tells Abram that she is pregnant. The present time space-suited Abram is hiding in the background, faded in colour compared to the extreme close up of Eva and Abram’s faces. Abram is witnessing and reliving a moment that for him now must be a very tough thing to digest. The facial expressions are very strongly composited with each slight penciling change reinforced with a melancholic touching of inks and colours.
It is definitely going to be a very interesting ride for the last two issues of Divinity. Abram is now considered a possible threat due to his tampering with the environment and individuals around him. The American Seal team, as first seen in the last few pages of the last issue, appears to have been granted special abilities. These newfound occurrences are being attributed to Abram’s understanding of humanity through a disconnected point of view he witnessed while in space. Broadcasts were sent to him through some radio signal distortion described as ‘star loops’ allowing Abram to digest Earth’s history without his involvement. Abram begins to understand that through his newfound ability upon his return to Earth, he can provide humanity with ‘what we need’ and ‘what we want.’ Members of the Seal team have been granted exactly that: Pedro has been re-connected with his wife and child, Francois now exists through the forms of multiple butterflies and their sergeant appears to have taken on the form of a giant bird. Abram, known in the present time as ‘Divinity’, has altered these men into more happy and free versions of their selves, invoking their desires.
Without revealing too much, the God complex that Abram now controls and exhibits on a select area of Earth is about to thrust Abram on a collision course that will make his presence known within the Valiant universe. Can Abram be trusted or is the fear of one man’s power enough to cause an interjection from an outside party?