Farewell Heimdall, May Your Find The Peace You Deserve (Jane Foster Valkyrie Comic #3 Review)
The Sacred and the Profane: Part 3
Writers: Jason Aaron & Al Ewing
Artist: CAFU, Ramon Perez, Cian Tormey with Roberto Poggi, & Frazer Irving
Cover Artist: Mahmud Asrar & Dave McCaig
Variant Cover Artists: Stephanie Hans & David Lopez
What You Need to Know: Jane Foster, once the Mighty Thor is now the last of the Valkyries. From being the Goddess of Thunder, she is now the Warrior Goddess of Life, Death, and Everything in between. In the aftermath of the War of the Realms, villains are trying to obtain as many powerful weapons as possible, and that includes Dragonfang; the Sword of the late leader of the Valkyries. Jane swore to recover the sword but when it fell into the hands of the Assassin Bullseye, he stabbed her dear friend Heimdall and she realized that there were somethings, and people that cannot be saved. Now, to grant his final wish, Jane will take Heimdall on a journey, but to an afterlife, he has never seen.
In This Issue: Jane and Heimdall begin their quest on a journey to an afterlife beyond that of Valhalla. Following her gut, because there are no maps ever made for such a place, Jane rides across the Moon and slices a path through the vacuum of space carving through the plane of reality. The path leads to Heven, the home of the Angels who fought against Jane and her allies in the War of the Realms which is now in chaos since there Queen was Killed. Fighting her way through the soldiers, Jane leads Heimdall (who is riding her Pegasus like a Pro) down to the Temples of the Under-Heven. There she finds a portal to a Disused Afterlife that, although isn’t the one she wants to use, it’s the surest way to the one they need. Entering the Portal, the two enter Hades, the Greek afterlife that is now a Wasteland holding the Anti-Tree, Yggdrasil’s Shadow and rotting. Demon’s fly up to attack Jane and Heimdall but it’s the hole through the tree into the abyss that is making them lose themselves. With great determination, Jane leads them through to a new realm, The Far Shore and one where Heimdall can finally find his peace. With a flash of light, Jane opens her eyes to find herself back on Earth confused, but thankfully and surprisingly, someone has the answers for her.
At first, I wondered why there were so many artists listed in this issue. Then I read it and saw how interesting it was that each realm had a different artist drawing for it. It makes sense since not all realms can be the same, including a realm no one has ever heard of or seen. But leave it to Aaron and Ewing to know just how and where to lead Jane. If you’re a Heimdall fan (which I have yet to meet one who isn’t) have some tissues ready to say your good-byes. It’s always sad to see a character go, but with that, a new character introduces himself…. well actually he was always there. He just didn’t talk, and it was pretty funny when he did. This is a character I’m looking forward to seeing the interactions between him and Jane. Also, very much looking forward to Jane’s new Nemesis now that he has been revealed if even just for a moment!