Strange Aeons: Part 2
Writers: Al Ewing & Jason Aaron
Guest Artist: Pere Perez
Cover Artists: Mahmud Asrar &Matthew Wilson
Variant Cover: Kris Anka
What You Need to Know: Due to her repeated and unexplainable absences from the Hospital she works, Jane Foster, also known as the only Valkyrie left, has been demoted to working in the Morgue. Plus side is, this has actually turned out in her favor. Especially when a dead body gives her the warning that DEATH is dying! Having guessed Jane’s identity, Dr. Rudy Gillespie tells her to go investigate! Calling in a favor, Valkyrie enlists Dr. Strange to help treat her otherworldly patient and with the assistance of Night Nurse, the trio was able to form a Super Team of Medical Heroes: Cardiac, Faiza Hussain and Mankin. The party journeyed through a portal to Death’s Realm where they found the Manifestation of Death’s Illness hovering over Death’s Castle.
In This Issue: Upon seeing the Ominous Giant Personification of the entity that can kill Death, Jane is flooded with Divine knowledge about the entity and what this could mean. Thankfully Dr. Strange is there to keep Jane grounded to her human persona and not be taken by her God persona. The group enters the Castle and is greeted by Charon, the Boatman of the Great Acheron and Ferryman of the dead. If the group wants to cross what looks like a river, they have to pay for it. But the group realizes that not all is as it seems with this fake Styx as Faiza uses Excalibur to defeat the imposter. Able to move forward, with Faira staying behind just in case, the group must now face their fears from their past that death had a hand in. Jane’s being when she lost her son and ex-husband, but it’s a surprise attack on Dr. Strange that has the group shocked. With a quick takedown, Jane is able to move forward to the last door where she finds Death on her. . . death bed basically. The Manifestation of Death’s Death is waiting for her and the only way that Jane can save her is to convince him that we need Death to survive…. literally and figuratively. Jane gives a speech convincing enough for Death to survive, but Jane secretly wonders if this means they won or lost.
The issue really delves into the premise of Death itself and makes you really think. Yeah, no one likes it when someone dies, and everyone hopes we can keep the ones we love in our lives as long as possible. No to mention all the times someone ‘dies” in comics, there seems to be the joke that no one REALLY stays dead. So why have Death at all when everyone seems to inevitably come back? But at the same time, Death is such an important part of life for growing and keeping control of the population. The comparison of it being a Cancer, in that case, is perfect and obviously relevant to Jane. This is also a great scene to hear Jane’s feelings on the subject since she has not only faced Cancer, been dead and now is the carrier for the Death. Her take on it is perfect, and I don’t think anyone, but Aaron could have written it seeing as he has been on this journey with her for so long. This is also the last issue with co-writer Al Ewing and brings in Torunn Gronbekk (whose name literally means “to love Thor”! So, while the next arch will bring new challenges for Jane, Aaron is sure to keep our girl in check.