WAR OF THE REALMS Damage Report: THOR #11 – The Prelude (Review)
Writer: Jason Aaron
Art: Lee Garbett
Color: Antonio Fabela
Publisher: Marvel Comics
It. Is. Here. Marvel’s most hopeful and hyped event since Secret Wars. The War of the Realms. Jason Aaron has been building up to this event since he took over Thor three years ago. By no means can anybody say this is going to be another rushed Marvel event. As this event unfolds, I am going to be bringing you the “Damage Report” as Midgard faces off in the War of the Realms. Although the war has not officially begun, we do get our first taste with the prelude, in Thor #11.
The story starts with Thor flying around in the sun searching for Mjolnir. Yes, the sun. I cannot express how awesome that was to me. With the realms all falling, Thor believes that the only way to win the coming war is to stop Malekith before he gets to Midgard. With Odin being not so cooperative, and the inability to create a rainbow bridge to travel between realms, finding Mjolnir is his only hope. The All-Mother, Lady Freyja, seems to believe otherwise. She reminds Thor of a time he saved a Hawaiian island from a tsunami with not strength, or thunder, but heart and will. Thor then reminds Lady Freyja of his beloved Erika the Red, who we learned about in issue seven of Thor. Loki and Odin tried to team up to trick Thor into neglecting his mortal love to the point of her dying while he was off fighting for a long period of time. This proved to Odin Thor’s weakness when he reacted to her death, creating the start to their rocky relationship. Thor reminds Lady Freyja that it was her that advised Thor while trying to lift Mjolnir to find love, and not seek worthiness. I can’t say for sure what the point of this page is, other than maybe reminding us readers of Erika the Red’s existence. I know I wouldn’t mind seeing her fighting a frost giant or two in the future. Speaking of bad ass women, we revisit our dear Jane Foster. She is getting the news that her cancer in in remission. Although this scene is brief, it’s a doozy. I am not sure what type of weapon Jane may be wielding, but you can bet she’s going to be swinging something. From here we start seeing the realms beyond Midgard gearing up. Valkyrie and Lady Sif are sparring, while in Jotunheim the Frost Giants gear up while Loki wallows in the fact that his plan to stop the war was a failure. Meanwhile on Svartalfheim, Malekith rounds up his army of dark elves and prepare for Midgard. Once again, a brief scene, but straight to the point. That point being, Midgard is in for a “Hel” of a war, even with Jane Foster healthy and Thor being told by the All-Mother that he’s the biggest and strongest and most handsomest in all of the Realms. (I may have made up that last part.)
Jason Aaron can do no wrong by me, and this issue furthers my case. I have to have faith in the fact that this event is going to be nothing short of mind-blowing with all of the time Aaron has put into this.I am sure a lot of Aaron’s meticulous yet subtle Thor lore will come into play throughout this story, and I cannot wait. This particular issue delivers a lot of information in several settings, all while maintaining a steady and unique pacing and tone to every event occurring. I know that this event will span across several titles, and not all of them will be written by Aaron, but he definitely set the bar high with just the prelude.
This issue of Thor featured some guest artists. Stepping in for Mike Del Mundo this month was Lee Garbett on pencils and Antonio Fabela on colors. I enjoyed the change of pace this week. With many settings and scenarios happening in this story come various visual changes as well. Every scenario seems to capture its own tone told through the varying color pallets. Garbett’s art is nothing spectacular, nor is it flawed in any way. It is very styled in the way of the 80’s, which I found to be coolest in the space scenes. I do believe Fabela’s colors are the best part of the visuals of this book. All in all, I thought this guest team of artists did a fine job and did this story the justice it deserves.
There is a long way to go before we conclude this event, and I could not be happier about that. It feels like the first game of the season. It’s finally here, and were at the furthest point from the season being over. There is a lot of story to be told, and I know that this is going to go down as one of Marvel’s biggest and best pieces of history. It was only proper that the prelude to War of the Realms took place in a Thor issue, and this issue did not disappoint in any way. We got a small glimpse at a bunch of tidbits. Jane Foster is back and healthy, Thor is going to have to go on without Mjolnir, and Malekith’s army of dark elves are more than ready to spill Midgardian blood. The biggest takeaway of all may be the recalling of Erika the Red though. All I know is that this story has already made all of the annoying four page spread advertisements that has riddled all of Marvel comics totally worth it.
There is a long way to go before we conclude this event, and I could not be happier about that.