Battlecats: Tales of Valderia #4 Review

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Battlecats: Tales of Valder #4 Review

Battlecats: Tales of Valderia #4 Review

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About Battlecats: Tales of Valderia #4

Battlecats: Tales of Valderia #4 is part encyclopaedic lore and part Comic Book, focusing on the Anthropomorphic cat universe from Mad Cave Studios. It is written by Ben Goldsmith, pencilled by Atagun Ilhan, colouring by Maria Santaolalla and lettering by Miguel Jimeno Zapata. With editing by Giovanna T Orozco and Chris Fernandez. 

Discover how the seeds of evil were first planted in Valadar’s mind. This final issue of Tales of Valderia gives us a glimpse into what will change Valderia forever and essentially kickstarts the story of the Battlecats we’ve come to know and love.

At the time of this article, there are not enough critic reviews of Battlecats: Tales of Valderia #4 to form an Average Score.

Battlecats: Tales of Valderia #4 Review

The fourth and final issue in the Battlecats: Tales of Valderia mini-series shows a different side to the hero and legend, Valadar. The guts of this story involves a visit to Blackstone, a land part of the White Islands, on the outskirts of Valderia. An island that Valadar is loathe to enjoy.

Ben Goldsmith portrays the island of Blackstone and its citizens as entitled Valderian citizens revelling in their privilege. Though Valadar has been called to visit Blackstone at the King’s command, you cannot help but feel a certain air of contempt directed at these cat-people wining, dining and not taking life in Valderia seriously. Its an interesting element that Goldsmith has chosen to portray. Proving that Valderians are as diverse a people as any.

What follows is a mysterious, shadowy figure of Sith-lord proportions haunting Valadar from the shadows of Blackstone. Taking steps that having him intervene to help a simple Valderian citizen attacked by thugs which adds more to the narrative of Valadar’s valour. Leading to Valadar discover a mysterious stone on the streets of Blackstone that reveals “the truth.”

What I liked about this Issue is how they brought Maria Santaolalla into the fold. Santaolalla was the right choice in conveying the picturesque, utopia-like island of Blackstone. While, Atagun Ilhan’s was an equally great measure.

The only thing I feel that doesn’t live up to Battlecats potential is the story. This Blackstone arc feels more like an unnecessary filler episode to the overall Battlecats: Tales of Valderia series. It doesn’t quite land on the strong point I wanted it to. Overall, Ben Goldsmith does well in communicating the initial temption that Valadar feels which will lead to betraying Valderia and King Eramud III. This is a comic book issue worthy of the most Hardcore Battlecats Fan.

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