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Void Rivals #4 Review: Eye of the Storm

Buckle up for the latest issue of Kirkman and de Felici's Void Rivals as it takes us straight into the Zertonian side of The Sacred Ring.

Void Rivals #4 Review Cover
Image: Skybound
By: Javier ReyesFeb 23, 2024, 2:12 AM

Void Rivals #4

Review
Rating
8
Good
Void Rivals #4 Full Cover

Writer: Robert Kirkman

Artist: Lorenzo De Felici

Publisher: Skybound

Release Date: September 26, 2023

Format: Single-issue

The latest issue of the sci-fi epic ramps up the political drama as the story takes us straight into Zertonian territory. Solila's homeworld is the stage for the comic to deliver more of its fascinating world-building and strong character development.

Void Rivals has been a treat since it debuted earlier this year. Even without the hype of Skybound’s new Energon Universe, Robert Kirkman and artist Lorenzo de Felici have put together a fascinating sci-fi adventure centered on its two compelling lead characters from opposing worlds. There’s just something so fun about having the classic enemies-turned-friends trope play out in a universe filled with strange space aliens and crazy-looking tech. The hints and teases of the Transformers are just the cherry on top for me at this point.

This latest issue does more of what draws me into the series. It unravels more of its corner of the Energon Universe to build its own unique, gripping story. There’s quite a bit to talk about, so let’s jump right into my review of Void Rivals #4!

Darak and Solila face off

Overview

Before making their way into Zertonia, Darak makes a last-ditch effort to stop Solila from surrendering him to her people. But as cunning as Darak is, he’s still no match for Solila’s physical prowess.

Upon arriving in the heart of Zertonia, the two Void Rivals meet the planet’s ruler, Premier Zalilak. While Solila receives a hero’s welcome, the Zertonians treat Darak like he’s a wild animal. Zalilak plans on ransoming Darak off as a means of getting much-needed supplies. But things take a bad turn when the Premier personally meets with Solila to get a debriefing of her mission. It seems the powers at be have something more sinister under their sleeves.

Solila meets with the Premier

Review

Now that the story has finally landed on the surface of the Sacred Ring, this issue shows more of the politics behind the war that’s tearing it apart. The biggest revelation comes from finally seeing what Zertonia is like first-hand, and boy, is it fascinating. The Zertonians’ violent reaction towards Darak shows how warped their culture has become because of the centuries-long war. Knowing what’s underneath Darak’s mask makes their reaction all the more tragic. While there’s not much action in this issue, the intrigue that’s building has me hooked on learning more about what’s going on in the universe’s shadows.

Apart from the political intrigue brewing in the story, the character development of both Darak and Solila continues to be as compelling as ever. Kirkman’s writing hits a good balance between the two leads’ personalities by not making either outshine the other. While Solila’s warrior-like persona seems more dominant throughout this issue, Darak’s pluckiness still shines through in adversity. With that said, we’re starting to see more chinks in Solila’s tough exterior that add more layers to her character. One key scene with Premier Zalilak has her making a very crucial mistake. While it feels a bit out of character for her, it’s a sign of how her bond with Darak truly affected her positively. The shippers are going to have a field day with this one for sure.

Then for the Transformers fans out there, you’ll be happy to know this issue has some familiar faces you’ll be glad to see. But the funny thing about the scene in question is that it feels more like a jumpscare than anything else. Not because what happens is terrifying but because it comes from left field. I’d go as far as to say it feels out of place within the issue’s story. In a vacuum, however, it’s a cool moment that has jaw-dropping art to go with it. Although the gorgeous art is already to be expected when it’s de Felici’s work we’re talking about.

Dark and Solila trapped together again

Final Thoughts

Void Rivals #4 is another solid issue that pushes the series’ compelling world-building and strong character development. By finally reaching the Sacred Ring, we’re treated to less action in exchange for more political intrigue. The story is heating up fast as we’re now at the tail end of Void Rivals’ first thrilling story arc. With a powerful cliffhanger to end the issue and the new Transformers series just around the corner, it’s fascinating to consider the crazy directions the story can go from here.

Why You Should Read Void Rivals

  • The dynamic between Darak and Solila is fun and charming.
  • It’s fascinating learning more about the culture within the Sacred Ring.
  • Lorenzo de Felici’s art brings to life a beautiful sci-fi-universe.
  • The Energon Universe is filled with secrets that have yet to be unraveled.
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