By Matt Kindt & Trevor Hairsine
This week, Matt Kindt brings his Divinity series to an emotionally satisfying conclusion. For the past three issues, readers have followed Abram Adams on his journey from aspiring Soviet cosmonaut to deep space explorer to cosmic powerful entity. He has traveled to the furthest reaches of the galaxy, where he came face-to-face with an anomaly that killed his two crewmates, while leaving him with fantastical powers. Feeling a new purpose, Abram returned to Earth, where he hoped to seed new hope for both himself and others.
Abram tried to build a new home for himself in the Australian Outback, only to find that his newfound peace could not last for long. Followers soon drifted into his orbit, attracted by his miraculous powers and compassionate nature. Abram only wishes to build what is good, fulfilling people’s innermost wishes. For himself, he reaches through time in an attempt to reunite with the love of his life and their daughter, who he never knew. Abram learns, though, that good intentions are rarely enough.
Seemingly uncontrollable power, no matter how benevolently wielded will always be perceived as a threat by the status quo. And so, the super-power team of Unity is dispatched to neutralize Abram. This proves rather difficult, yet in #4 the heroes finally gain the upper hand. The threat is contained, mission accomplished. However, the battle is not the whole story. The team is deeply divided about their actions. Did they treat Abram fairly? Should they have approached him differently? Should they have approached him at all—after all, wasn’t he simply trying to assist others? Where in all this does the greater good truly lie? Such questions will be familiar to readers of Kindt’s Unity series. Ever since the conclusion of Armor Hunters, the team has been growing increasingly uneasy with some of their assignments. There is a growing tension, which carries over to Divinity, and (I suspect) will continue to be felt back in the pages of Unity.
And Abram himself? His attempt to reclaim the past does not go as smoothly as he would hope. Indeed, he is forced to confront one of the harshest truths of existence: you can never turn back the clock. Decades on Earth slipped by while he was in space. His lover aged, as did his daughter. They lived their lives, finding happiness along the way. All of it, though, was without him. All those years ago, Abram made a choice; he accepted space exploration over family. No power in the cosmos can change that. All Abram can do is find his peace with the past. How much progress he has made in that direction, however, is left to the interpretation of the reader.
All in all, this is a strong conclusion to an excellent series. Divinity is a fascinating addition to the Valiant Universe. Luckily, readers will not need to wait too long to see more of Abram Adams. At the end of the issue, Valiant promises that Kindt and Hairsine will reunite for a sequel late in the year. Sooner than that, though, Divinity will appear in the pages of Imperium. Abram Adams and Toyo Harada are both incredibly powerful super-humans who hold the belief that they are able to mold a better world. I look forward to seeing how they handle each other, especially as written by Joshua Dysart another writer with a knack for exploring moral grey areas. It should be quite interesting . . .
Divinity #4 will be released Wednesday, May 27th, by Valiant.