“The Sacred and the Profane” Part 2
Writers: Jason Aaron & Al Ewing
Cover Artists: Mahmud Asar & Matthew Wilson
Variant Cover Artist: Kim Jacinto & David Curiel
What You Need to Know: Now that the War of the Realms is over (and what a War it was!) Earth’s Villains are on the loose with some of the most dangerous magical weapons they could get their hands on. That includes Dragonfang, the sword of the late leader of the Valkyries. Jane Foster, once God of Thunder now the last of the Valkyries has sworn to recover the sword. Being demoted to the Morgue has actually proven helpful when she finds a dead body that was clearly killed by the sword. So, she calls on dear friend Heimdall the All-Seeing to help her activate her “Valkyrie Vision” which reveals the urgency of any individuals Death. But by the time she figures it out and turns to Heimdall, Jane is too late to stop the Assassin known as Bullseye from running Dragonfang through Heimdall’s chest!
In This Issue: Seeing her friend Heimdall stabbed through the chest by Bullseye has really pissed Jane off. Not only that, but the fact that he is murdering innocents with one of the most powerful weapons the Gods have mad has her internally screaming. So she is using that anger and her fighting skills she learned being Thor, taking Bullseye out ASAP with the help of Undrajarn-The All Weapon. But Bullseye has a few tricks of his own now that he controls Dragonfang, Jane has to pull out all the stops. But when Bullseye makes her choose between Heimdall and the sword, Jane will always be there for her friend. But when it comes to how she is going to defeat Bullseye, Jane makes the biggest decision she could think of to save everyone. With Bullseye out of the way, Jane tends to her dying friend who makes one last request that Jane feels compelled to accomplish. This decision leads Jane to a new journey, a journey to lands never before known
This issue was heartbreaking for a lot more reasons then the obvious death of a beloved character. Jane’s become one of the toughest characters with her evolution, not just physically although beating cancer does make her an automatic badass. But emotionally, Jane has been through a lot and with the death of Bruimhilde and now the potential death of her friend Hemidall, Jane is ready to do what she must. But, we forget it’s not a matter of just getting that one good punch to the face, sometimes it’s about sacrificing more and Jane’s realization of that actually brought a tear to my eye. Which is why I just love this mix of writing between Aaron and Ewing together taking the helms of Jane. Although, I’m hoping that they get into more of how exactly Bullseye was the one to get his hands on the sword and the small clue he gave about him working for someone? Aaron is known for throwing in minuscule hints to things that don’t seem important at the time of reading yet blow up big in the reader’s face further down the line.