Divinity III: Stalinverse #3 – Review

Divinity III: Stalinverse #3 presents a more than promising end for what has already been an interesting comic series. This time there is a mix between drama, conflict, sci-fi and action. This issue is also so full of surprises and unexpected plot twists that you can’t help but read it again and again!

“The characters are not just drawings on paper, but rather living beings telling a story.”

I think that the best way to summarize things, and giving a proper starting point, is to say that besides the light and fast paced read, this comic goes beyond more than just a script: it incorporates human emotions, feelings and genuine reactions. The characters are not just drawings on paper, but rather living beings telling a story.

Another thing I liked about Divinity III: Stalinverse #3 was the dialogue used throughout. It’s all so right to the point, but very human as well. Many of the stories I’ve seen use plain text that feels paint by numbers, but this one has structure, and you can tell who is speaking by the way they express themselves and the feeling underneath them.

Divinity III: Stalinverse #3Also, be prepared for an injection of adrenaline this issue. Despite a soft climax (I was expecting much more, to be honest,) the guys in charge redeemed themselves in my eyes, using something new and inspired with the use of spirits and demons for imapct. A cliché to be sure, but one that works to better the story, not just to fill time.

That said there are some holes in the script of Divinity III: Stalinverse #3, as certain scenes feel pretty quick, with not enough space for them to fully develop. It bothered me to have a shortened version of the events, but considering this is a miniseries, maybe length matters more than a major series as there is limited space to get everything said.

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The same criticisms apply to the art as well. There were a few panels that didn’t have the same feel with small inconsistencies here and there, but nothing that takes away from the experience. The book keeps the harsh, wild style, as in the Savage miniseries, and this is a big plus for Divinity III: Stalinverse #3, as it plays very well for the atmosphere created.

I cannot say anything on the inking and coloring, as it didn’t push any boundaries, but was as solid as ever. The real work here was done by the penciler, who came into the book with many interesting ideas, proposals and risky choices that all worked out quite nicely. This all gives Divinity III: Stalinverse #3 a fresher feel.

Did I like it? Sure! Am I anxious about the fourth and final issue? Oh, heck yes! Do I want more of this story? Why not? Divinity III isn’t really my kind of read, and not the world I’m used to travel into, but it’s a very entertaining proposal with lots of potential. Valiant keeps putting out solid titles and I’m looking forward to what’s next.

Final Score:
4.5/5

Alan D.D.

Hailing and writing out of Venezuela, Alan is our international correspondent that covers comic books for GAMbIT as well as general book reviews on his personal blog. He's currently working in some novels and poems, which means he fights daily a writer's block.