“The Sacred and the Profane: Part 4”
Writers: Al Ewing &Jason Aaron
Cover Artists: Mahmud Asrar & Matthew Wilson
Variant Cover Artists: Ema Lupacchino & Jean-Francois Beaulieu
What You Need to Know: In the aftermath of The War of the Realms, Bullseye got his hands on Dragonfang; the sword of the late leader of the Valkyries. Jane, now officially the last of the Valkyries was able to recover the sword and then destroyed it, ensuring the safety of others and its heritage while knocking Bullseye down. But it was too late for her dear friend Heimdall The All-Seeing who was murdered by the assassin. Jane led him into a realm of the Dead that no man, woman or god had ever been to finally rest. But the Villain, the Grim Reaper who everyone believed was dead himself, is about to take advantage of all of this.
In This Issue: Grim Reaper is having the most important meeting of his life, turns out there was a Contract that was signed by his New Boss and Hela when she was looking for a place to stay. In this contract, it states that should all the Valkyries die, then he gets the ownership of the DISIR. A troupe of Undead Valkyries. But there is one catch right now, one Valkyrie still exists. If Grim Reaper wants new powers, he has to either Kill Jane or collect a Hero’s Soul. Right now, Jane is almost wondering if it’s easier for her to be dead then deal with a raise on her rend, a demotion at work and a Talking Pegasus as her new roommate. But when she sees an ad for a seminar with Ann Riggs, who once shared a body with Brunnhilde, the previous Valkyrie, Jane thinks she might have found a few answers. Unfortunately, her and her human roommate arrive at the very end to find Dr. Strange also there. His purpose is for a Mirror that happens to double as an interdimensional portal that just so happens to be opening. . . right NOW! Coming out are 3 Villains that are no match for Jane (now transformed into Valkyrie) and Dr. Strange (now using an astral projection) to fight these foes. But when they think they’ve won; Grim Reaper shows up ready to collect a Hero’s Soul AND kill the last Valkyrie.
Well, now we know how Bullseye got a hold of Dragonfang and who he was working for. More importantly, why someone is targeting Jane! Not that Jane has been targeted a dozen times already but now it’s in her new role. But seeing Jane in her struggles in this new role are refreshing but not anything shocking. She’s been through a lot and this was a nice reminder of her back story other than being a Superhero. After all, she is just a regular person who got thrown into the actual role of the superhero life after being on the sidelines since the beginning. We also get to see the aftermath of not having Heimdall around and how valuable a character he was as not just Janes friend but as his job as the All-Seer. Not to mention, now she has a sarcastic talking horse as a sidekick. This is like bringing Mr. Ed into the Marvel Universe… and its kind of delightful. Especially in the more serious tones of the comic. Also, I’m always happy to see cameos of marvel characters, especially one like Dr. Strange who keeps that pompous attitude we know and love.