WotR Damage Report: Strikeforces… ASSEMBLE!
War of the Realms #3
Writer: Jason Aaron
Art: Russell Dauterman
Color: Matthew Wilson
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Keep up with all of out War of the Realms with the Damage Report!
At this point in the War of the Realms, New York has been decimated and all of the Avengers are back at Avenger Mountain. Midgard has been compromised and divided by Malekith’s armies. Freya has put together three different “Strikeforces”, all with their own assigned tasks revolving around restoring order in Midgard, and that is precisely what this issue is setting up. The first team put together is lead by Captain America. His mission, along with Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Spider-Man, and Wolverine, is to set off to Jotunheim, the Realm of the Frost Giants, to rescue Thor. At this point you may be wondering how they would get there with no Rainbow Bridge in working order. Well, turn the page and we are reminded that Daredevil now possess the sword of Heimdell and also controls the Bifrost. Daredevil, along with Jane Foster, both take responsibility for protecting the Rainbow Bridge, but unfortunately Daredevil’s new power of all-sight is too much for him to take in. One kamikaze Dark Elf gets through and destroys the Bifrost, thus explaining the events that take place in the timeline of our next “Strikeforce” team in another issue. From here we don’t necessarily get a proper introduction to the second “Strikeforce” team, and that’s because it is all explained in its own issue also told this week. (See “WotR Strikeforce: The Dark Elf Realm”) Essentially, we are just getting a behind the scenes of the time gap that takes place in that issue. Meanwhile, the third team, and probably the most intriguing of the three, set off to face Malekith face to face. This team, lead by Captain Marvel, consists of Deadpool, Captain Britain, Weapon H, Bucky, Lady Sif, and Venom. Unfortunately, their fight with Malekith doesn’t last long, because he quickly teleports away, but not without taking Venom along with him to become his slave. Meanwhile, Captain America’s team is able to track down Thor, whom is covered in Frost Giant blood and seething for more.
Jason Aaron knows how to sell an event. I find it awesome that if one needed to, they could read just the first three issues of “WotR” without reading any tie-ins, and still have a pretty good grasp of what’s happening. On the flip side, if you have been reading this story and have not had at least the slightest interest in picking up any of the tie-ins, you may want to get yourself checked out because of how intriguing of a story Aaron is developing. He really is making sure no hero gets left out of this event, and so far no arc has felt forced. Truly impressive consistency and pacing has been displayed through this entire series as well, and I cannot praise him any more for what has played out so far.
Dauterman and Wilson continue to dominate this massive cast of characters and settings. All throughout the series every panel has been unbelievable. The line work has been nothing short of phenomenal. Having to draw as many characters in a single issue must be daunting, but Dauterman prevails with a style that could not suit this book any better. However, it’s not just Dauterman flexing in this book. Wilson does an amazing job with the colors. As the scenes throughout the book change, the color adjusts perfectly. It would be easy to give a book like this a dominate blue over tone to reduce effort, but Wilson refuses to show any sign of laziness. The incredible color compliments the line work to perfection. A story of this magnitude deserves exactly the art it is getting.
I am loving every bit of this event, but it seems the main issues are more about pushing the tie-ins than progressing the story. Not to make it seem as though story progression is void. The story can be enjoyed without the tie-ins, but because of how well this story is told, I am more compelled than I would usually be to dive into the side stories as far as I have. Everything about this book was incredible, so I cannot be mad at its awesomeness making me want more. I don’t think this event would be nearly as good if it wasn’t for this book setting up the tie-ins as well as it does.
I am loving every bit of this event, but it seems the main issues are more about pushing the tie-ins than progressing the story.