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Through Heaven and Hades (Valkyrie #3 Review)


JANE FOSTER: VALKYRIE #3

Writers: Jason Aaron & Al Ewing

Artists: CAFU, Ramón Pérez, Cian Tormey, Romero Poggi and Frazer Irving

Colorists: Jesus Aburtov & Frazer Irving

Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino

Publisher: Marvel

Rating: 9/10

Song: Kiss the Sky by Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra

I have to admit, I was a bit worried at the end of issue no. 2. The threat of Bullseye was finally over and while the end of the second issue was very satisfying (Heimdal went out like an Asgardian G!), I was left with the question: is this how it’s going to be for the last Valkyrie? Is she just going to be fighting obscure rogues randomly throughout her tenure? Now I’m 100% all in when it comes to epic battle scenes and splash pages, story substance to add to the emotion of those fights are what make those fight scenes and action panels that much more potent. Enter The Journey into Mystery...

By the time you turn past the re-cap page and Jane’s thought boxes start the story off, everything is so thoughtful. The perspective of the things beyond Earth from the eyes of a human who was once a god is one that is overwhelmed, in awe, but at the same time, understanding of the task at hand. Jane Foster, tasked with the duties of the Valkyrie, is trying to find something. How do you show someone who can literally see everything something he’s never seen before? You take him to the afterlife, one worthy of an Asgardian who’s seen it all. In their journey, they fight their way through both Heaven and Hades, against almost impossible odds. But regardless of the imminent threat that awaited them in both places, Jane Foster’s sense responsibility drives them forward. 

These panels remind me of Jane’s time as Thor. Thunder and Lightning in her veins, fire in her eyes, and Undrjarn clutched tightly, she fights the hordes and the chorus of angels. Fighting her way through to the Far Shore, the furthest place beyond life and death.  And it’s there, a place that neither human nor god has ever set his eyes upon where she finds something for the God of Seeing. 

This is what I’ve been waiting for. Jane is finally living up to the title of Valkyrior. Aaron and Ewing have beautifully showcased the measure of Jane’s true abilities. The writing in this comic is something i look forward to and even more so her character development is going above and beyond the shadow that Lady Thor has cast. 

Cafu and company are absolutely killing it with these interiors. Everyone looks like a Greek statue, with no unnecessarily exaggerated bodies, both men and female alike. The art style switch was also a sight to see and gave the end of Heimdal’s journey that much more heart in his final send off. 

What more can I say? Marvel has a fleet of comics that are all wonderfully written and drawn, but this series, in the wake of the War of the Realms, stands with many of the already established series in the Marvel Universe and if the writing stays as strong as this, it could potentially outshine some of this publishing company’s legendary titles.

#Thor #MarvelComics

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