WotR Damage Report: Thor’s Back!
War of the Realms #4
Writer: Jason Aaron
Illustrator: Russell Dauterman
Colorist: Matthew Wilson
Publisher: Marvel Comics
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This war has not fared well at all for Midgard and its heroes. Frankly, there really hasn’t been any indication that this is even a winnable war, with the exception of Squirrel Girl, of course. Three different strikeforces have been dispersed by Freya, but essentially this issue is focusing mostly on the aftermath of “Strikeforce: The Dark Elf Realm”, in which Freya is standing down a Dark Elf army on her own while making sure the Black Bifrost is only usable to her team and the rest of the Avengers. In this issue, Freya sends every member of her squad to a different realm to recruit whatever survivors are willing to help take down Malekith and his army, while she single-handedly takes on Malekith and his army. Punisher gets to go to Alfhein, She-Hulk to Nidavellir, Blade to Vanaheim, and Ghost Rider to Niffelheim. If you’ve been following this event, you would also know that Captain America also led a strikeforce team to Jotunheim to retrieve Thor, which he successfully does and brings back to Avenger’s Mountain to recover from his bout with Frost Giants. When Odin, who is also in a state of recovery, realizes that the teams are all coming back, but without Freya, he knows he’s the only one that can help her, but definitely not in the state he’s in now. Thankfully, the brains of Shuri, Screwbeard the Dwarf, and Tony Stark have been working together to develop possibly the best “Iron-Suit” to date. From this we get Iron All-Father. This is just what Odin needs to go help his beloved Freya just as she is getting ready to be slain by Malekith, who now possesses the sword of Knull , and we are not let down at all by the next few pages from there as the two put on a display of God-battling that one could only dream of. The end of the issue entails Jane Foster giving quite the pep talk to a team that the Russo Brothers couldn’t even dream of, but her moment is quickly interrupted by a now awakened,rejuvenated, and battle-ready Thor.
Once again, Jason Aaron does not disappoint. With a massive cast of heroes, all of Midgard as a setting, and more tie-in stories than one can count, I would be inclined to think that at the two thirds mark, a slip up would have been happened by now. That could not be further from the truth. This entire story has been told in a consistently entertaining way throughout. Aaron’s attention to detail has been phenomenal.
The eye-catching art in this issue compliments the brilliant story telling very well. I have been saying the same thing from the beginning of this series, and nothing is changing. The art is perfect. The line work pulls no punches, but also isn’t over stimulating to where it is hard to make out what is going on. The colors do a great job indicating a scene change without confusing the reader as well. If I had to pick a favorite visual moment in this issue, it his easily the reveal of Odin in the Iron All-Father armor. Not only the detain in the design, but also the color scheme of gold a purple are, once again, perfect.
As excited as I was going into this event, I’ll have to admit I expected to be let down at least a little at this point. After all, it’s a massive event spanning the stories of many creators, titles, and different characters. One would think that I would come across something that would strike me funny or find to be inconsistent at this point. I am happy, and a little shocked, to report that I cannot find any reason for anybody to drop this event from their pull list. Even if you’re not reading the tie-ins, this is still a fun an entertaining book.
I am happy, and a little shocked, to report that I cannot find any reason for anybody to drop this event from their pull list.