THE WAR OF THE REALMS OMEGA #1 / Writers: Jason Arron, Al Ewing, Daniel Kibblesmith, & Gerry Duggan / Artists: Ron Garney, Cafu, Oscar Bazaldua, & Juan Ferreyra / Colorists: Matt Milla, Jesus Aburtov, David Curiel, & Juan Ferreyra / Publisher: Marvel Comics / Publish Date: July 10, 2019
The War of the Realms
The war is over and it’s time to move on. Omega tells four different stories following Daredevil, Jane Foster, Loki, and The Punisher to see where their paths now lead. Three of them set out on completely new paths, while the other takes his experience as a God back to Hell’s Kitchen to continue his mission. The reader also experiences what the aftermath of this war looks like to the everyday person. WARNING: Spoilers from War of the Realms ahead.
God and the Devil Walk into a Church
Jason Aaron begins the issue with “God and the Devil Walk into a Church” featuring Daredevil and Heimdall. Aaron focuses on the emotional state of Daredevil after having Heimdall’s all-seeing and hearing powers. The power was overwhelming for him, but he also misses it. Aaron uses Daredevil’s capacity for inner conflict to remind us why he is such an engaging character. Aaron makes you feel for the character in his self deprecation, especially when Heimdall is telling him he is worthy of godhood.
Ron Garney’s art and Matt Milla’s colors accentuate the story of self torture and inner darkness that Aaron creates. Since the story also bookends the comic, their ability to start with little movement and dark toned colors and end with action and brighter colors leads the reader to see the positive that can come out of darkness.
The Job I Have To Do
Aaron then joins with Al Ewing to dive into “The Job I Have To Do.” They visit Jane Foster mourning the Valkyrie in the morgue. Jane and her friend, also a normal person who has also dated a superhero, speak of what they will do now. The writing team accentuates the sadness of the War’s deaths through the bond of these ladies left alive while also giving hope for those moving on from the War. They keep Jane and Thor’s characters intact but add deeper dimensions to both. Then they send Jane on a new path, with a new code to live by, and superhero abilities of her own.
Cafu’s art and Jesus Aburtov’s colors are a beautiful mixture of real life and fantastical Asgardian magic. They also show us a gorgeous panel of the War of the Realms final fight, beautifully colored and full of lightning. The facial expressions Cafu draws in this section are lifelike and evoke a range of emotions. Thor’s sadness is felt wholeheartedly, as is Jane’s absorption of power and purpose. The page where Jane becomes her new self is poster worthy in its dynamic art and color combination.
We are then brought to Jotunheim in “Born Small” by Daniel Kibblesmith. Here we see how Loki is being received as the new frost giant king. In true Kibblesmith tradition, we meet a new and adorable character to love named Drrf. This unlikely hero is fun, caring, and mischievous like his new king. Kibblesmith creates a bond between the two characters that leaves you wanting more of their journey. If you like Drrf, you should check out Kibblesmith’s recent run of Lockjaw.
Oscar Bazaldua creates the perfect creature drawing for Kibblesmoths’ adorable Drrf. Bazaldua’s art wistfully moves from a fireside to fun sledding, conflict action, and finally the calm of resolution. The artwork combines with David Curiel’s colors to establish a world of bright fun and adventure against the dark villainy of the Frost Giants. The highlight is Drrf’s wide eyes set in his small frame, with his big smile.
We return to the harsh reality of the War of the Realms aftermath with Gerry Duggan’s “War Orphans.” Here we see The Punisher still fighting his personal war against evil while walking the streets of NYC. Duggan throws Frank a curveball by introducing him to the war’s orphaned children. Duggan lets the reader see that even the Punisher can be shocked.
Juan Ferreyra pulls double duty as both artist and colorist in this section. Like the Daredevil story, this story begins dark and ends in color. The difference is that all the panels lack hope and accentuate the impact that the War of the Realms leaves behind. Ferreyra’s only bright moment is Thor’s lightning appearance, a shot of hope in Frank’s bleak world.
Great Endings to Great Beginnings
Overall, this book and its fragmented stories make for one great ending to an epic Marvel event. The theme of new beginnings resonates. Although the stories are written and designed by different people, the book is cohesive. The beginnings created here are exciting and I can’t wait to see where they lead. I will definitely pick up the Valkyrie book. Jason Aaron should be proud of the War he created and its future impact on the Marvel Universe.
Verdict: 5 out of 5