WotR Damage Report: Asgardians Torn in ASGARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #8 (Review)
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Illustrator: Matteo Lolli
Colorist: Federico Blee
Publisher: Marvel Comics
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With the War of the Realms in full blast, its time the Asgardians of the Galaxy find their place in it all. I initially subscribed to this title when it was announced knowing that it is going to heavily tie in to this event, and that it does. The story starts out with the team on the remains of Asgard. They are in possession of the Naglfar Beacon, a weapon that we can only assume comes into play later on. They turn around to see Heimdall carrying the beacon and a shard of the Rainbow Bridge. He explains how he is trying to gather all of the shards to rebuild it knowing the disadvantage the realms have against Malekith without it. Heimdall warns them of the danger Midgard is in, and sends them to New York to help in the battle. Essentially, the bulk of this book is the Asgardians finding their place on the battle field along side the Avengers, Punisher, and everyone else involved. We get a variety of fun team up moments like Skurge being handed a gun by Frank Castle, and Black Panther and Urzuul the dwarf combining forces to develop some new weaponry. The biggest disappointment is when Throg decides that his from buddies in Central Park are under more distress than his current situation and decides to completely leave the battlefield and story to go deal with that. I was really looking forward to seeing who Throg throws down with, but maybe he’ll give us a grand entrance in an unexpected moment down the road to make up for his departure. Our story leaves off with Annabelle being transported away from her love, Ren, after a long awaited reunion on the battlefield.
Cullen Bunn has being doing a good job of keeping my interest using a bunch of not so known characters. The choice of team ups were awesome and the chemistry made perfect sense. The Throg moment was completely random, but I’m sure it’s going to lead to an awesome moment down the road when we all least expect it. I feel all of the panels were well thought out and contained a combination of many different levels of entertainment. Lovers reuniting, strangers finding common ground, and a thunder frog realizing his unworthiness, all while lots of sharp steel gets thrown around.
Lolli and Blee do not fall short at all in this book. The colors are exactly the ones you would want when a massive battle is taking place and a bunch of intergalactic heroes are thrown in to. Bright and powerful. The line work is still consistent all of the way through. If there is one issue with the art, it may be deciphering the female Asgardians from eachother in long shot frames. Other than that, this is visually solid.
Overall, my anticipation did not fall short as far as how this team would tie in to the big battle. If anything, it exceeded my expectations just based off of the Skurge and Punisher moment alone. I am certain Throg is going to make his way back in the coolest fashion possible, so his disappearance in this issue can be forgiven. I look forward to seeing how the rest of the Asgardians fall into place on the battle field in the next issue.