REVIEW: War of the Realms #5

WAR OF THE REALMS #3 / Writer: Jason Aaron / Artist:  Russell Dauterman / Colorist: Matthew Wilson / Letterer : VC’s Joe Sabino / Publisher: Marvel Comics / May 2nd, 2019

Part of me just wants to submit a review in 20-point font screaming OH SHIT SON, but that’s lazy and I am kinda done being lazy*. I want to go into a little more detail than that – spoilers permitting, obviously.

War of the Realms deserves a bit more dedication than just me yelling at you to buy this series, I mean Odin’s beard what’s wrong with you get it in your eyeballs immediately.

We’re in the penultimate issue. The surrounding comics in this event have coalesced nicely into the main story. We get a chance to see some amazing team-ups and fights, amazing locations, monsters, some gorgeous art, colours… and an ending that made me stuff my fist into my mouth so I wouldn’t swear in earshot of small children.

I hope my reaction isn’t a giveaway, but if you have read any of my previous articles, you can probably guess.

I suppose you could be a killjoy and point out how this all feels like fanservice, but y’know what? I am 100% okay with every single pandering moment. Again, this is what events are for. This is why we want team-ups and Avengers movies. We want to see the good guys team up and fight… other people. Well, I do. I’m so tired of heroes punching each other like siblings in the back of a car on a hot day – War of the Realms, in that regard, feels like a breath of fresh air.

Everyone brings out the best in each other, whether it’s the Punisher teaming up with Light Elves toting guns or Okoye fighting alongside Sif, Hildegard, and Angela. The event’s at a point where you begin to wonder why no one else thought of doing it. But that’s the beauty of huge shared universes – you can be creative in how these disparate groups meet each other. There’s so many different combinations to make and so many ideas for potential team-ups still left. It feels so fresh and new!

Having said that, this series already feels like it has been around for a long time, which it has in a way, but this battle – this particular event – feels like it’s been going for at least a year. That sounds like a criticism, but I mean that the series feels like some classic Marvel event that’s somehow been around for decades yet also feels entirely of the current moment.

I feel like War of the Realms is going to define this era of Marvel comics, regardless of how it ends. It’ll be picked over for years, or at least I hope it will. It deserves to be.

Just… there have only been five issues so far and one more in a couple of weeks. You could binge War of the Realms in less than an hour, so like, do yourself a favour.

Oh, one more thing – I’ve got a good feeling that the next issue is going to be a doozy.

Go read it. You’ll see why.

Verdict: 5 out of 5

*I’m definitely not typing this in my pajamas having eaten like four slices of pizza.

I’m a thirty something British nerd-mum and wannabe author, fueled by tea, poor decision making and a need to be distracted. Cursed to watch favourite characters die and ships sink. Send help.

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You may just have persuaded me to pick this up.