Title: Divinity III: Aric, Son of the Revolution #1
Publisher: Valiant Entertainment
Writer: Joe Harris; Matt Kindt
Artist: CAFU; Juan Jose Ryp
Colorist: Andrew Dalhouse
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Cover Artist: Clayton Crain; Diego Bernard; CAFU and Brian Reber; Trevor Hairsine, Ryan Winn, and David Baron; Kano
As one of the first one-shots to spin out of Divinity III, we find out what life would be like for X-O Manowar living under Russian rule. Apparently, life for him isn’t that much different. Aric still arrives back to Earth after escaping the Vine, only to be easily taken down on arrival. Instead of working for the United States government, he works for the Russian government. After showing us this, we watch him enter the Deadside to lay waste to it before returning home to his people. He is still X-O Manowar, his people still have their own little patch of land. You would expect something to be drastically different, but it’s not. That begs the question, what’s the point of this issue if it can’t do that. A backup story, ‘The Origin of Kostiy, the Deathless’, is actually better than the main story, at least giving us an interesting new back story to follow. A backup story really shouldn’t be better than the main one. If you were looking for some new insight on the main Divinity III story, or even looking how this new world has changed our hero, you are going to leave disappointed.