Valkyrie: Jane Foster #8 / Writer: Torunn Grønbekk & Jason Aaron / Artist: CAFU / Colorist: Jesus Aburtov / Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino / Marvel / Release Date: 2/17/2020
Man, it really feels like an obstacle course out here, what with Endgame and War of the Realms, every week this month right the way through to July (when this story concludes) is going to be pretty damn exciting. This really does feel like an event, with far-reaching consequences. The opening scene is Daredevil becoming the God Without Fear, placing a very down-to-earth hero, a city-bound vigilante, in a cosmic context. It looks incredible.
Every issue feels like a continual ramp up. The ending to this installment alone is a gut punch- perhaps not as much of a gut punch as the last issue, but it’s pretty up there.
Seeing the war spread across the world, envelope my home country, and include an epic Pegasus ride across the frozen wastes of Jotunheim? An epic ride with Captain America, Spider Man, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist on pegasi? Hel yes. This is my jam. More please! If they could stop murdering the poor things, that’d be even better.
That’s the other thing: Jason Aaron tweeted how funny it was that this comes out at the same time as the last season of Game of Thrones and Endgame, given that it’s basically the mid-point between the two. Lots of people have died, in very gory ways, and there’s like, fantasy creatures. And winter. And women are pretty much throwing up their hands and going “Fine! I’ll do it myself!”
Russell Dauterman is literally killing it – whilst I go on and on about the flowy, almost liquid quality to his art, there’s a visceral side to it too. It was there in his time on Jane Foster’s run, but it’s been kicked up. Like, pretty intensely. There’s blood, muscle, bone – it’s a lot more Conan than you’d expect from a Marvel event, but it’s pretty expected here given that Jason Aaron’s got Heavy Metal Fantasy Awesomeness etched into his DNA. Moreover, we’re getting the chance to see how versatile Dauterman’s style is – notice how different characters have different body types – Marvel needs to keep this guy on the payroll. They’d be crazy not to.
Much like Endgame, there are a lot of moments you could interpret as fan service, but since it is, y’know, a realms-wide war, you’re going to get crossover. Obviously. This is at least 75% of why we love massive crossover events, so we can see team-ups, like Captain America and Spider-Man bantering, or Captain Marvel punching things alongside um… Deadpool. This is why we’re here – don’t deny it. This shit is cool.
And y’know, I’m always here for my girl Jane – Interim All-Mother of Asgard.
This is probably the best overall issue so far of War of the Realms – we’re about halfway done, and I’m itching to see the rest.
Verdict: 5 out of 5