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Subj: War Of The Realms - WAR SCROLLS #1: Fail or Pass?
Posted: Mon Apr 22, 2019 at 07:12:42 pm EDT (Viewed 98 times)
What did you think of this Anthology Mini that this Gimmick Event gets?
War Of The Realms: War Scrolls 001 (of 3)
STORY 1: DD
For unbearable months Matt has suffered an inferiority complex from injuries suffered. He's recently suited up but has been unprofessionally not up to par yet. Now, uncharacteristically he's suddenly gotten a god complex because he's been given Heimdal's magic sword (and apparently power upgrades to go with it). Marvel tries to be friendly on the Recap Page by warning to read WotR#2 first but presumably they should have said WotR#3 since he doesn't get the sword in #2. All that happened was that Sif inexplicably chit chats with DD, the Midgard stranger, about Heimdal's injury just because: wild plot device. But no interaction or hand offs was done yet between - so fails there.
The art was somewhat okay. The forced untold flashback to (one of) DD's earliest with Thor was okay. And Kingpin's cliffhanger (and wild plot device) surprise fate was okay.
DD kills(?) 2 Frost Giants by himself. We don't need no steenkin' Asgardians.
DD 'ports a bunch of people thru a sword generated crackling energy portal 'cuz NYers feel much safer being ..err.. blindly herded via the magic mystery door rather than hide in the backyard they know. Somehow the sword has power but last issue of AotG had Heimdal hard pressed to have any current access to Midgard.
STORY 2: Four w/C&D
It seems to start as an matter-of-fact Trial By Fire initiation for Hildegard joining the Warriors Three -or Four- as it were (and the title suggests). Their mission to transport a wounded Volstagg from an earlier arc they don't bother footnoting. But hypocritically they're happy to footnote THOR#204 because these "Warriors Four" apparently lived and adventured alongside Avengers. [Huh. Remind me how long did that go on?] Finally something interesting happens as Cloak and Dagger get involved to team-up with "Warriors Four" against a Frost Giant and a couple of Dark Elves. Nothing special about the team-up or skirmish happens, though, so some fails there too.
The art was okay - maybe less so than STORY 1. The NIGHTCAT album Easter Egg was the most interesting story element. [Can we hope that Perez mini will increase in value?? ] The ripped up doll of Howard the duck was absolutely SO LESS interesting as the other Easter Egg. [And TBH, needlessly confusing to include with him actually starring in STORY 4.]
C&D removes 1 Frost Giant from Earth pretty much by themselves. We don't need no steenkin' Asgardians.
STORY 3: Wolvie & Frank
Just like a 6-page story expansion that flips their brief 6-panel longlost reunion in WotR#2. Logan surprises Frank with a save there but the opposite happens here which is redundancy fail. The banter was better there than here. Is little girl Jae the last brave NYer (of the masses in this story)?
The art was good - best of the ish. The miraculously[read:ridiculously] nobody is going to die big NYC battle continues but at least this choreography was more fluid. The transition from STORY 2 and WotR#2 was sufficiently orienting, too.
Logan kills a pack of Dark Elves by himself. Frank kills a ginormous Rock Troll. And the Frost Giant they took care of in WotR seems to be lying there. We don't need no steenkin' Asgardians.
STORY4: Howard the Duck
If you disregard the ongoing illogic and uneveness with the scope and timeline of this War (ARRGH!) then this adventure was the most comic book fun of the ish. And this is in spite of the fact that the story revolved around a lowbrow potty humor gag.
Very clever story title and party name. Revisiting many supporting cast of HtD's cancelled book. May and Patsy, too! Photo of Bev. HtD gets a last name! "The Lucky Parker" . HtD tearing up 'cuz client is rich . Fun banter. Smart detail about Frost Giant outhousing. Tara in her unstable molecule costume detail. Lovable but oh so dumb Mitzie. The figurative but oh so literal final gag.
Tara Tam gets the thankless job of cleaning up this Frost Giants mess in the messy Gimmick Event. We don't want no steenkin' Frost Giants stinking up NYC!
Gorgeous cover (except Spidey's lineless-lazy costume):
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