“The Sacred and the Profane: Conclusion”
Writers: Al Ewing & Jason Aaron
Cover Artists: Mahmud Asar & Matthew Wilson
Variant Cover Artist: Paul Renaud
What You Need to Know: After the death of the Valkyries, Mephisto has found a loophole in Demonic Law that allows him to recruit his own Valkyrie. Choosing the Grim Reaper to deliver a hero’s soul and he can have the Valkyries Power over life and death. But there is one snag, there is still one Valkyrie left; Jane Foster. But she hasn’t technically delivered a soul to Valhalla yet either, and if the Reaper beats her to it, she will lose her powers. When Annabelle Riggs, a mortal archaeologist who once shared a body with deceased Valkyrie Bruinhilde uncovers a magic mirror, Reaper chooses to strike! Now with Stephen Strange’s soul trapped in the Mirror, Reaper has to make it before Jane or she can no longer be Valkyrie!
In This Issue: Using her Valkyrie vision, Jane knows she doesn’t have a lot of time to get Strange’s soul back to his body before he dies. But when Reaper blasts her and injures her All-Weapon, she feels the pain hard. While she recovers, Reaper gets on his own black Pegasus to deliver Strange to the afterlife and the previous villains decided they want nothing to do with this fight and peacefully go back to their dimension. Dr. Riggs has some harsh words for Jane about how Brunhilde would never allow this, but Jane knows, she is no Bruinhilde and has to handle this her way. So, the race is on to catch Reaper and Mr. Horse is up to the challenge taking out Reaper’s ride but not him. Jane has to fight him one on one she finds she might not be able to handle this but it’s when Riggs shows up to apologize that Jane finds her real strength. Instead of taking him on, she takes him to the Gates of Valhalla as a slain hero since that is her job to bring warriors to heal. Once Reaper is settled, Jane heads back to Strange to release his soul from the mirror and see him before it’s too late. As gratitude, Strange promises Jane not to reveal her secret identity so that she can continue to take care of the world as both Jane Foster and as Valkyrie.
I’m a little upset that it wasn’t mentioned more in the last issue about how Jane needed to bring souls to Valhalla or she couldn’t be a Valkyrie. The stuff about Mephesto’s contract and his side of the deal were there but this kind of made the whole race between Jane and Reaper more appealing and not just “hey here is another bad guy trying to get his way for the big boss” basic storyline. I did like how Riggs and Jane had their touching moments and Riggs “passed the torch” to Jane in her own weird way. Also, now this gives Mephesto more reason to give Jane a hard time in future issues. But the real scene-stealer had to be the horse fight, totally worth it.