War of The Realms #2 Comic Review
Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: Russell Dauterman
Colors: Matthew Wilson
Cover: Arthur Adams & Matthew Wilson
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Variant Covers: Victor Hugo; Julian Totino Tedesco; Giuseppe Camuncoli & Elia Bonetti; Javier Garron & David Curiel; David Lopez & Edgar Delgado with Mike Hawthorne
“It’s Like a Dungeons and Dragons Bomb Went Off!”
What You Need to Know
The War of The Realms rages on as Malkeith’s forces continue their assault on the city of Manhattan. Our heroes are spread throughout the city helping civilians and fighting Malkeith’s army. Reinforcements show up to assist the mightiest heroes of the Marvel Universe, but is it enough to turn the tide of the war? Will our heroes be able to stop Malkeith’s warpath from spreading?
What Just Happened
The issue begins in Greenwich Village where Jane Foster is assisting civilians in getting to the evacuation point at Doctor Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum, while fighting the urge to take up arms. Elsewhere in Manhattan, The Punisher is mowing down Dark Elves due to their vulnerability to iron. A Dark Elf attempts to sneak up on The Punisher, but Wolverine guts it. Captain America evacuates civilians from buildings in the city, and uses the higher ground to take down Frost Giants. Iron Man asks Black Panther to use Avengers Mountain’s celestial technology to teleport the civilians to safety, but Black Panther notes that communication networks are down across the globe. Roxxon CEO, Mr. Agger, takes credit for the hack due to the effort of his company. Dr. Strange tries to use a spell to teleport the civilians out of harm’s way, but he is blocked from using magic thanks to Malkeith’s forces.
Just as things are looking grim, our heroes receive aid in the form of one hell of a cavalry. As the battle begins to tip the scales towards our heroes, Blade finds the source of the magical interference. With help from Jane Foster, the magical interference is dealt with, and Doctor Strange is able to cast his teleportation spell. Unfortunately, Doctor Strange underestimates the power of the spell and accidently transports our heroes back to Avengers Mountain. Our heroes look to regroup and Lady Freyja decides she will trek to Jotunheim to rescue Thor. Odin states that Malkeith’s Black Bifrost in Svartalfheim. Lady Sif feels the best course of action is to return to New York to take the fight to Malkeith. Black Panther deduces that Roxxon is behind the world’s communication crash, and looks to send his Agents of Wakanda to investigate the company. Captain America recommends that Captain Marvel coordinate the heroes’ plan of attack.
Back in New York, there is minimal resistance to Malkeith’s forces after our heroes retreated. The remaining forces are slaughtered indiscriminately. Malkeith has won the battle, but the war continues on.
Jason Aaron seems to be in the process of breaking Marvel’s “event curse”. The second chapter of War of the Realms continues the action-packed spectacle of the first issue.
More of Marvel’s mightiest join the battle as we see The Punisher, Wolverine, and others join the fight against Malkeith. We also see the scheming of Mr. Agger and the Roxxon Corporation, and the extent to Malkeith’s war plan. This issue also includes witty banter between the likes of Spider-Man and Sindr, Ulik and She-Hulk, and The Enchantress and Ghost Rider. The back and forth written by Jason Aaron made me chuckle a few times and adds levity to such a grim event.
Since this a war, the grimness very much outweighs any levity this issue has. The body count adds up significantly this issue as Malkeith’s army shows its strength. Our heroes feel bad about retreating, but taking time to rethink their strategy may help them in the long run. This leads to my one criticism of the book. I’d like to see some of the other heroes featured get more shine. I know there are multiple tie-in books that will fill in the blanks to this event, but not everyone can afford all of these books and would like to see how their favorite heroes react to this event.
The art for this event continues to be incredible. Russell Dauterman art reminds me of a historical depiction of a great historical Nordic battle. Dauterman’s art gives the reader a sense of urgency that this battle being depicted will have lasting implications for the Marvel universe. Characters look awesome, the battles are violent, and the desperation is apparent in our heroes’ faces. Jane Foster in particular is given moments where her facial expressions pretty much tell the story of the toll the war it taking on Midgard.