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Subj: War of the Realms #1
Posted: Thu Apr 04, 2019 at 08:37:51 pm EDT (Viewed 125 times)
I mean, come on, guys. I'm as jaded as any of you. Hating this and that and those other things over there. Fie upon it all. Pfui and ptooey.
But War of the Realms #1 is epic. Thirty-three years later, Marvel is finally publishing something of similar stature to Crisis on Infinite Earths.
Sure, I'm biased. Norse cosmology is my jam. But this thing is tremendous.
It opens with a map, as all high fantasy must, after Tolkien. The influence of Lord of the Rings is evident. "This is the story of those ten realms. And the one mighty war that ravaged them all." Aaron is right in our faces with it.
Each realm has its own symbol. That's how I know a video game is coming. Players of the game will be clicking on those symbols. I guarantee it.
There's even a theme song by someone named Jimmy Urine (yuck) at the marvel.com/waroftherealms web page.
"Most of the Asgardians have relocated to a brownstone in the Bronx." I wonder how many Asgardians there are. Is the brownstone magical? Much more space inside it than outside it?
"Odin sits alone atop his crumbling throne, longing for a sleep that will not come." Is that why he's been acting so weird? Insomnia? We know from the Silver and Bronze Ages how important the Odinsleep is. Does he lose his mind without it?
The horned helmet has to go. I mean, seriously. But it's a good visual cue. One look, and we're thinking, "Odin isn't right in the head." Kirby helmets were more over the top but they didn't look Bullwinkle-ish.
Meanwhile, Thor and Doctor Strange must compete in all things, right up to and including which of the two has the coolest dog.
I didn't grasp that Loki was actually Malekith until Freyja said so. It's that panel where the Loki disguise is being shed. Thor looks off into the distance instead of at Loki. I guess Thor was looking at the Frost Giants. But by not looking at Loki he threw me off.
Thor's arsenal of magic hammers is impressive.
Spider-Man was hilarious. So was Iron Man.
Cap had a great moment. (Shield to Malekith's head.)
I'm becoming a big Freyja fan.
Laufey made a big mistake, I think, by eating Loki. We'll see.
"Is that all you've got, Malekith? SEND MORE GIANTS!" Very MCU Thor-ish. I approve.
This is going to be a fun ride. And not a Bendis, Millar, or Fraction in sight. Sweet.
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