War of The Realms #4 Comic Review
Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: Russell Dauterman
Colors: Matthew Wilson
Cover: Arthur Adams & Matthew Wilson
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Variant Covers: Giuseppe Camuncoli & Elia Bonetti; Greg Hildebrandt; Victor Hugo; Aaron Kuder & Matthew Wilson; Maxx Lim; Billy Tan & Haining of Tan Comics & Edgar Delgado with Mike Hawthorne
The Stand At The Black Bridge
“A Call To Arms”
What You Need to Know
Malkeith continues to stand triumphant as the War of The Realms rages on. Heroes have fallen, realms have burned, and our surviving heroes are scattered throughout the realms. Lady Freyja has gathered a group of heroes to infiltrate the home of the Dark Elves to retake their Black Bifrost to turn the tide of this war. The heroes plan to reach out to the survivors left within the ten realms to retaliate against Malkeith’s forces. Will the heroes of Midgard be able to regain control of the Bifrost to call in reinforcements, or is this war already over?
What Just Happened
This issue begins in the realm of Alfheim where The Punisher arrives through the Black Bifrost to recruit the Light Elves in the battle against Malkeith. Lady Freyja, now corrupted by the sword, Bitterblade has managed to gain control of the Black Bifrost on Svartalfheim and has sent out heroes recruit reinforcements throughout the ten realms. She-Hulk is sent to Nidavellir to recruit the dwarves. Blade is sent to Vanaheim to recruit the Vanir Gods. Ghost Rider is sent to Hel to recruit the legions of Hel. Captain America, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Spider-Man, and Wolverine find Thor on Jotunheim. Thor is wounded and exhausted from fighting nonstop against Frost Giants after being trapped in the realm.
The heroes return with Thor to Avengers Mountain and find their headquarters attacked by Midgard’s forces. Black Panther and Shuri use the mountain’s Celestial technology to defend the mountain. Odin still reeling from his wounds, decides to head to Svartalfheim to rescue Lady Freyja, and Tony Stark, the dwarf Screwbeard, and Shuri have developed a tool for Odin to use. Just as Malkeith has wounded Lady Freyja with help from a possessed and corrupted former ally of Midgard. Odin appears right before Malkeith can deal the deathblow. Together, Odin and Lady Freyja fight hordes of Dark Elves to accomplish Lady Freyja’s mission.
Back on Midgard, Jane Foster, now All-Mother of Asgard, has gathered the heroes of Midgard along with warriors from the other nine realms. Jane calls for a counter-attack that will take everyone present in different occupied territory. Thor returns recovered from his wounds and vows to lead the charge.
This was another action-packed issue of War of The Realms. One thing that can’t be denied about this book is that it is never short on blockbuster action. Our heroes are spread across the realms with the odds not in their favor. I enjoyed seeing the All-Mother and All-Father lead the charge to take the fight back to Malkeith. Lady Freyja and Odin have most of the standout moments of this issue. This issue, however, does seem to be spinning its wheels as it seems the next big battle will occur next issue. Much of the issue features a whip around between the realms as our heroes continue to fight and look to recruit allies. Not many of the heroes are given much to do in this issue but there are some intriguing character moments that are alluded to that are fully realized. These moments will probably be fully realized in the various tie-ins to this event. Moments involving Venom and Thor among others seemed intriguing but weren’t fully realized.
The art in this issue continues to be amazing. Russell Dauterman seems born to draw a Thor-centric event and his art looks like vivid Nordic art created to honor the Gods of Asgard. The battle of Svartalfheim is just Dauterman flexing his muscles showing why he is one of the best in the business. Matthew Wilson’s colors are vivid and energize the book. The colors go a long way to show how explosive and epic this series has been.