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Comic Book / Divinity

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Earth is about to meet a new god. And he's a communist.

Divinity is a Valiant Comics series written by Matt Kindt and drawn by Trevor Hairsine.

Back during the Cold War, the Soviet Union realized that it was not going to beat the United States to become the first country to land on the moon, and thus set its sights further out, greenlighting a dangerous mission to send three cosmonauts into deep space. The ship went missing among the stars, and everyone assumed that its crew had been lost forever... until pilot Abram Adams, now called Divinity, reappears in Australia with seemingly godlike powers.

The original series ran for four issues. A second series, Divinity II, followed, exploring the fate of Adams' comrades. A third series, Divinity III, explores an alternate universe in which the Soviets won the Cold War.

This series contains examples of:

  • Alternate History: Divinity III takes place in the "Stalinverse", an alternate reality in which the Soviet Union rose considerably in power before World War II, annexing several European countries in the 1930s and even more during and after the war. In the 1960s, they expand into Asia while effectively ruling the U.S. through their puppet president, Joseph McCarthy, and claim the Americas as colonies in the 1990s.
  • Body Horror: In the first issue, Abram turns one of the soldiers sent to observe him into a bird monster. Another one gets dissolved into a cloud of butterflies.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: One of the reasons Abram shoots to the top of the list of potential candidates for the deep space mission is because his biological parents abandoned him and his adopted parents are dead, meaning that he has no family who will complain if he disappears for a few decades.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Unity is deployed to Australia to contain Divinity. None of them are particularly enthusiastic about fighting someone who isn't really hurting anybody, but they have their orders.
  • One-Word Title: Referring to the godlike powers of the main character.
  • Physical God: Abram's powers verge on the godlike.
  • Shout-Out: Abram's fantasies of extraterrestrial life, supposedly inspired by "a purloined paperback science fiction novel", bear a strong resemblance to the John Carter of Mars books.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Divinity bears a strong resemblance to Doctor Solar, who was a major figure in the original Valiant lineup, but who has since become unavailable to Valiant due to the license having long since gone back to the original owner company, Gold Key Comics.