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Review: War of the Realms #2

War of the Realms #2

All the heroes of the Marvel Universe have assembled, yet this still might not be enough to stop Malekith’s endless war. And the one hero who could turn the tide…is stranded where no one can reach him. With Thor trapped in the land of the Frost Giants and the forces of Earth overwhelmed, Black Panther, Jane Foster and Doctor Strange make a desperate gamble. Valhalla awaits…

Epic is the key word for the second issue of this event. Writer Jason Aaron packs a lot in to War of the Realms #2 giving us sequences that deliver a visual punch and enhances the chaos that has descended upon New York City. And there’s a lot of chaos as battles rage, an attempt to evacuate is made, and there’s a lot of depth too. This is a massive battle and at a huge scale.

Due to that scale, Aaron has a lot to show off and in that way the issue feels like a bunch of segments but there’s enough connectors weaved that they don’t feel quite choppy. It’s impressive how each scene still works in the meta as some tie together in ways. There’s also intelligent choices to pull back and tell us the scale of it all instead of relying on the art team showing.

Russell Dauterman‘s art, with Matthew Wilson‘s colors and Joe Sabino‘s lettering, does do a lot to tell the story. There’s some fantastic use of page layouts and through the massive amounts going on, the art team seems to focus each panel and page perfectly to really help drive the narrative Aaron has put together. Much like summer blockbusters, the visuals are a driver in a lot of ways and that’s not a bad thing with this type of story.

The second issue is an improvement with a bit more focus on what the heroes of New York are doing instead of setting up the various players. Still, there’s a lot of ground covered and with that a focus on the action and visuals over the characters themselves. The comic delivers those visuals, along with a good amount of humor, to create a second issue that sucks you in a bit more than the debut. It’s hopefully a sign of momentum as the story really gets rolling and the fight to save Earth continues.

Story: Jason Aaron Art: Russell Dauterman
Color: Matthew Wilson Letterer: Joe Sabino
Story: 7.25 Art: 8.65 Overall: 7.45 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review