At the End of All Things: Part 3
Writers: Jason Aaron & Torunn Gronbekk
Guest Artist: Ramon Rosanas
Cover Artists: Mahmud Asrar & Matthew Wilson
Variant Cover Artist: Robbi Rodriguez and Jason Keith
What You Need to Know: When creepy life-draining demons rose from the ground all over Midgard, Jane Foster as the Last Valkyrie and All-Father Thor followed them to find the body of Ode. A former king who long ago tried to harness The Power of The Rokkva which is an ancient antilife entity that almost destroyed Asgard. But Ode was eventually killed and the Rokkva was imprisoned inside the Mountains in Jotunheim to rest for eternity. But thanks to Thor’s Brother Tyr, it’s back and has possessed Thor in a trap for Valkyrie who turned against her. The All-Weapon manifested into a spear made from the Long-Lost White Wood of Feirheim, which was the only thing capable of destroying Ode. Valkyrie was able to destroy the remains, but it took all the strength she had which let Tyr steal it from her and use it as the key to open Rokkva’s Prison. Now, Tyr has unleashed the Evil and with Thor by his side, intends to use it to rule the Ten Realms.
In This Issue: Since the death of her brother, Sif has taken up being the Guardian of the Biofrost and protecting the bridge, but with the All-Father, Tyr, and the Rokkva at the gates, it’s a battle she might not be able to win alone. Inside Asgard, Jane and Volstagg talk about her encounter and try to comfort each other for the impending battle while also preparing themselves with weapons they might be able to use. But there is only one weapon that Jane is feeling lost without and knows she must get it back if they are to win. But with the Gjallarhorn sounding off, they know evil is at the door, and its all of Asgard to the rescue. But as warrior after warrior falls to evil to the Rokkva; Jane, Volstagg, Thori, and Mr. Horse realize it’s up to them to make the most dangerous move they can think of to get their hands on the spear. As Jane, she has no chance against Tyr, one on one, but that doesn’t mean that the All-Weapon has forgotten who it truly belongs to and she is able to turn back into Valkyrie and reclaim what is hers. Now she must use the Weapon to contain the Rokkva and save the world while trying to balance between light, dark, endless power, and endless knowledge. With the darkness contain, Jane returns it to Jotunhiem to place it back in its cell, but she’s unaware the Loki is watching with Tyr in his possession.
Leave it to Aaron to give the comedy to the animals in this issue and make it work. The conversations and one-liner between Thori and Mr. Horse lighten the very dark mood of this issue. Between the internal struggle happening in Jane over the loss of her weapon which has no basically become a part of her being and the fact our favorite All-Father is coming to destroy everything and the talk about endless darkness this issue is tough emotionally to get through. Not that the fights aren’t a nice way to let some steam out but Jane’s conversation with Volstagg about what’s beyond death and the feeling of nothing is pretty heavy, especially for those already feeling emotional with the world today. But it’s her one on one with Thor about if she would have taken him out that sticks with you and shows her dedication as a Hero. I’ve said it before and I’ll scream it till the end; Jane Foster is one of the best Hero’s in the Marvel Universe right now.