WotR Damage Report: Can’t Keep a Good God Down
War of the Realms #2
Writer: Jason Aaron
Illustrator: Russel Dauterman
Colorist: Matthew Wilson
Publisher: Marvel Comics
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The second issue of the main part of the big event is among us. There are an abundance of events going on in these pages that strongly pertain to the other tie-ins in the event. Let’s begin with Bats and Jane Foster shuffling the citizens of New York into the Sanctum Sanctorum for safety as Doctor Strange prepares a spell to try to transport everyone to safety. T’Challa’s Celestial Teleporter is out of commission thanks to Dario Agger, the CEO of Roxxon, who also helped facilitate Malekith’s arrival on Midgard. Outside, Punisher and Wolverine are clearing Bleaker Street to make sure the citizens have a clean path into the Sanctum Sanctorum. Captain America is doing his best to cope while keeping the “What Would Thor Do” mantra in his head, because Thor is still trapped in Jotunheim. Over a few pages of street level fighting, the heroes start to slowly gather together around 177A Bleaker Street. Lady Freya reunites with Jane Foster, and at that moment the War Horn of Asgard sounds and that can only mean one thing. The thought to be dead Odin comes swooping in with the Valkyries and even more reuniting happens. Lady Freya and Odin have their moment about Loki’s death and Thor’s absence. Jane and Brunnhilde team up and Jane demands she be taken directly to Malekith. While all of this is going on, we get a page of Doctor Strange struggling with the spell he has been trying to work on. The majority of the heroes are suddenly transported to Avengers Mountain, but the problem is that because of the spell’s power, Strange wasn’t able to control it completely so not everyone is brought back to safety. Brunnhilde is left alone at the mercy of Malekith’s blade and Jane knows that it can not be going well for her. She happens to be correct because Valkyrie’s head gets detached from the rest of her. The rest of the heroes restrategize as they watch the broadcast of all of the death happening back in NY. Odin needs to break the Dark Bifrost in Svartalfheim. Black Panther and the Agents of Wakanda are set out to take down Roxxon so that they can regain control of their tech. Captain Marvel is in charge of gathering every soldier she can find. Freya is off to Jotunheim to get Thor but not before giving Daredevil the sight of Heimdall and dubbing Jane as the All-Mother of Midgard.
Jason Aaron continues to do a great job bringing in all of these heroes and making sure all of their moments are meaningful. There are so many tie-ins involved and the story telling is seamless, even between completely different creative teams. I will say that the Odin revival seemed like it made the opening pages of the last issue seem like it was for nothing, but I feel like I would rather have Odin involved, so I can forgive that. Otherwise, this is Jason Aaron doing what does, and that’s making sure that we are glued to every single book and tie-in pertaining to this event, and he does it with an amazing ability to tell a story.
Dauterman and Wilson are still doing an awesome job visually. The moments of emotion are all well depicted, and there are a whole lot of emotions flying around. The color pallets do a great job with helping the eye know when the scene has changed. That is really something to appreciate when there a several pages of dozens of different heroes doing all types of crazy stuff. A book that could easily be visually confusing seems to keep pace with being as easy to follow as this amazing story.
This was another awesome issue, but I am starting to feel like this issue wasn’t so much to advance the story as it was to make us more intrigued in the tie-ins involved. Obviously, the story progressed very well, and the tie-ins aren’t necessarily a must, but I am definitely more interested in them now because of how this issue went. I would like to think that some of these casualties are going to stay dead for at least the duration of the event, so bringing Odin back so quickly after his death in the first issue was a bit worrisome as far as a lack of weight to such a massive event. I hope Valkyrie’s death sticks and is used as the fuel for Jane to be the All-Mother that she needs to be. With all of the character arcs going on, I somehow have not lost interest on any of them and I very much look forward to what’s to come with all of them.
Another awesome issue, but I am starting to feel like this issue wasn’t so much to advance the story as it was to make us more intrigued in the tie-ins involved.