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War of the Realms #5 (Review): A God's Sacrifice

Updated: Jan 24, 2020


Writer: Jason Aaron

Artist: Russel Dauterman

Colorist: Matt Wilson

Publisher: Marvel Comics



This it guys, we're at the penultimate issue of WAR OF THE REALMS, and the stakes have reached an all time high. This event was one of the most anticipated

events since Jason Aaron teased it years ago in his Thor run. It is probably my favorite Marvel event I've ever read, it's one of the few events to actually live up to the hype. Aaron has written one of the most epic runs in comics, the only one to come close in my mind is Geoff Johns' GREEN LANTERN. After years of crafting this mind blowing epic, we're reaching its dramatic conclusion.

Not only has the been one the most well thought out events and written so expertly by Aaron, but Russel Dauterman has elevated to the top of the A-List artists out there. His worldbuilding and intensely amazing visuals are equivalent to the greatness of Jack Kirby's bombastic art style. Dauterman is set to have one of the most exciting careers at the conclusion of this series and I can't wait to see what he tackles next.

Let's dive in to the story now. We pick up with Malekith's forces having a hard time defending their conquests. The heroes of Earth along with the light elves and Asgardians, have them on the ropes. Just to catch you up on everybody's whereabouts:

  • Africa (facing the armies of Heven): Black Panther, Shuri, Hildegarde, Lady Sif, Okoye (and the Dora Milaje), and Punisher leading a squad of automatic rifle weilding light elves.

  • South America (facing Sorceress and the armies of the Dead): Ghost Rider, Dr. Strange, Baldur, and Spider-Man

  • Australia (facing the Trolls): Hulk, Deadpool, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist

  • Antarctica (facing Roxxon and Dario Agger): Broo, Gorilla-Man, Blade, Ka-Zar of the Savage Lands, the gods of the Vanir, Roz Solomon, and Jane Foster

  • Asia (facing the forces of Muspelheim): Captain Marvel, Hercules, the Winter Guard, Moon Knight, and the New Warriors Three – Fandral, Hogun, and Wolverine.

  • North America (facing the Frost Giants of Jotunheim): Iron Man and a squadron of Iron Dwarves and The Fantastic Four

  • Europe (facing Malekith’s Dark Elves): Captain America, Captain Britain, Thori, and Volstagg the Destroyer.

Look at that lineup of charcters, those team-ups are something I never thought I would see. The scenes of Baldur driving Ghost Rider's car and Spider-Man leading an army of Hel spiders was f***ing amazing. Dauterman and Wilson's breathtaking visuals literally pop off the page. Wilson take Dauterman's art and infuses it the energy and might of Moljnir.

We also see the hints of Jane becoming Valkyrie during these battle pages which only made me more excited to see this new take on Jane. I only wish we could have seen Volstagg as War Thor one more time.

The real highlight of this book was Daredevil, with his new godly powers, leading Thor to Yggdrasil which happens to be in the sun. It is here that Aaron touches on Norse mythology. Thor asks Daredevil to pin him to the tree which harkens back to the tale of when Odin died on the tree, in order to learn the wisdom of the runes. This is why Aaron will always be my FAVORITE Thor writer. His deep knowledge and love for not just the history of the comic but the mythology as well comes through with every story. Why Thor had to attach himself to the tree isn't told but I can't wait to find out his reasoning.

At the end we have Malekith calling Thor out, telling him to meet at Stonehenge. We now have one Hel of an angry God of Thunder, ready to mete out his brand of justice. You can bet that next issue is gonna be one of the most epic comics to ever be published by Marvel Comics. Not to mention that Aaron's run is coming to an end. I don't even want to think about a day where there isn't a Thor comic written by Aaron. However this ends, you can be sure that it will be talked about for years to come.

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