“The Last Realm Standing”
Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: Russell Dauterman
Cover Art: Arthur Adams and Matthew Wilson
What You Need to Know: The Dark Elf King Malekith and his powerful allies have been laying waste to the Ten Realms for some time now. Nine have fallen or taken arms with Malekith and now only one remains; Midgard/Earth. Asgard has fallen, the Rainbow Bridge destroyed and Thor’s Hammer Mjoinir was destroyed by the sun in an effort by Jane Foster as The Mighty Thor to save the Gods and its people scattered on Earth. But this has not stopped Thor from doing all that he can to prevent this War with his own army between realms and an armory full of substitute hammers. But with no way of finding Malekith, it is time for Malekith to come to him.
In This Issue: The time has finally come for Malekith to make his first move in this War of the Realms, and it’s a big one starting with taking out as many main players as possible. His first; All Father Odin himself as he sits among the ruins of his Kingdom. While the silent assassins are going on, Thor is on Earth, getting a surprise visitor that looks a little worse for wear. But this visitor is not who he appears to be, and Thor is taken off Earth into a Battle he is more than ready to finish. Meanwhile, our favorite Spiderman is noticing a commotion on the rooftop of a familiar building in the Bronx. It’s All Mother Lady Freyja being attacked by the same assassins that were sent to kill her husband but is soon accompanied by Jane Foster, Lady Sith and Hildegarde who had also been attacked. Together, they defeat Malekith’s assassins, but only to find the portal to Realms is opening to let Malekith, his Generals and all the evil forces of his armies. But the New Avengers and many other Marvel Heroes are on the scene. But it’s the appearance of Loki and his sacrifice that turn the tides of the fight as the Marvel Universe go into full blown War. Their only hope, The God of Thunder!
The wait is over fans! Give a sigh of relief for the War has finally arrived. Jason Aaron has been preparing the Marvel Universe for years with his amazing writing and teasing. Finally, his War of the Realms has arrived, and it does not disappoint, even just in issue #1. The war is starting with a Bang action wise while still adding the right amount of comedy (thanks Spidey!), drama and suspense but keeps things moving steady. Not to mention it’s always fun to see the different characters in the Marvel Universe doing their thing is always worth the read. Aaron has been hinting in his short stories of Thor’s future that this War is going to be a huge impact on a lot of characters and upcoming stories. If this first issue is an indicator of how impactful this War is going to be then fans are going to be in for a big treat. The art is perfect and delightfully detailed, not just in the fight scenes, and there are a lot, but in the character expressions.