War of the Realms

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War of the Realms
Cover of War of the Realms #1 (April 2019) by Arthur Adams and Matt Wilson.
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
FormatLimited series
GenreSuperhero
Crossover
Publication dateApril 2019
No. of issues6
Main character(s)Thor
Avengers
Champions
Fantastic Four
League of Realms
Malekith the Accursed
Dark Council
War Avengers
X-Men
Creative team
Written byJason Aaron
Artist(s)Russell Dauterman
Letterer(s)Joe Sabino
Colorist(s)Matthew Wilson
Editor(s)Will Moss, Tom Brevoort

War of the Realms is a 2019 comic book storyline published by Marvel Comics. The storyline has been met with positive reviews, with critics praising the storyline and the art. [1]

Premise[edit]

The story details the heroes banding together when Malekith the Accursed leads his forces to invade Midgard, the last realm he has to conquer.[2][3]

Plot[edit]

In Asgard, Odin is in his throne room pondering how he could defeat Malekith the Accursed. The Bifrost Bridge was destroyed during a battle against Mangog, with Asgard in shambles. Suddenly, Odin is targeted by Malekith's assassins and Malekith's assassins reveal that they have created a Dark Bifrost Bridge, one that will allow them to teleport to any of the ten realms. On Earth in Newark Harbor, Thor and his hellhound dog Thori are relaxing when Loki crashes in front of them. Loki is stabbed and tells Thor that Malekith stabbed him. Although Thor doesn't trust Loki, he agrees to Loki's terms of helping him for Malekith's location. Loki transports Thor to Jotunheim. However, Thori fails to warn Thor that Loki was actually Malekith in disguise, and that Malekith transported Thor to a place where Frost Giants are at and they proceed to harm Thor. With Thor gone, Malekith plans to wage war on Earth/Midgard. In Bronx, New York, Spider-Man is out swinging when his spider sense tingles and he sees Thor's mother Frigga's fight against Malekith's assassins. Sif and her Valkyries meet up with Frigga as most of the Asgardians live on Earth as refugees. Valkyrie sends out a signal to all of Earth's heroes that Malekith is coming, including Doctor Strange, Wolverine, Daredevil, Punisher, Blade, Ghost Rider, and the Avengers. During the battle in New York, Malekith arrives with his Dark Council (consisting of Enchantress, Kurse, Ulik, Minotaur, and a Svartalheim Bog Tiger). Laufey is about to eat Frigga when the real Loki arrives and saves his adopted mother and starts fighting against Malekith. Doctor Strange teleports Malekith away and Laufey berates Loki on his recent treachery in the past. Laufey sees Loki, picks him up, and eats him. At the end of the issue, Thor is still alive and is still fighting against the Frost Giants.[4]

During the evacuation where New York civilians go into the Sanctum Sanctorum, Jane Foster stands outside leading people in. During the chaos, Wolverine saves Punisher from a sneak attack. Captain America states that there are too many of them while Minotaur watches the chaos unfold. Doctor Strange tries to do away with him. It is revealed that Malekith hired a coven of War Witches which prevents Doctor Strange from using his full power. Things are looking bad as Frigga is struggling against the Queen of Angels, Spider Man is busy fighting against Queen Sindr of Muspelheim, and Kurse and Enchantress are fighting She-Hulk and Ghost Rider respectively. Jane Foster slams Skidbladnir into Enchantress when Odin (who survived the attempt on his life) and his Asgardian Army arrive. Brunnhilde the Valkyrie gives Jane a ride to the War Witches where she beheads them when they were torturing Blade. Odin is enraged when he finds out that Laufey ate Loki. Doctor Strange uses all of his power to transport the remaining heroes to Avengers Mountain in the North Pole where he faints from exhaustion. Ghost Rider and Sif take Odin to rest while Captain America orders Carol Danvers to get as many heroes as she needs to defend Earth. Frigga appoints Jane Foster as the All Mother of Asgard, but Jane Foster is saddened at the destruction of Earth. Back on Earth, Brunnhilde is the last person fighting against the Dark Elves before she is decapitated by Malekith leaving Jane Foster to carry on the legacy of the Valkyrie.[5]

While resting their injuries, Frigga asks Captain America to assemble a group to help get Thor back. Meanwhile, Daredevil takes Heimdall's sword which helps fix the Bifrost Bridge (while also transforming Daredevil into The God Without Fear). The restoration of the Bifrost Bridge allows the group to split into four groups: Captain America and his team (consisting of Spider Man, Wolverine, Iron Fist and Luke Cage) will go to Jotunheim to rescue Thor, Frigga and her group (consisting of Blade impersonating a Dark Elf, She-Hulk impersonating a Rock Troll, Ghost Rider posing as a Fire Goblin, and Punisher impersonating a Dark Elf) will go to Svartalfheim: Home of the Dark Elves to destroy the Dark Bifrost Bridge, Captain Marvel will go to Earth to deal with Malekith while recruiting her War Avengers, while Jane Foster will remain with Heimdall, Daredevil, and the Destroyer armor to defend the Bifrost Bridge. As Captain America's group is journeying through Jotunheim, they are ambushed by Frost Giants. In Svartalfheim, Frigga's group is met with Dark Elves and Punisher opens fire on them. On Earth, Malekith lays destruction over Europe and plans to slay Black Knight, Union Jack and Spitfire with the Ebony Blade, when Captain Marvel arrives with her War Avengers (consisting of Deadpool, Weapon H, Winter Soldier, Captain Britain, Lady Sif and the Venom symbiote) to fight against Malekith. As the War Avengers fight the Dark Elves, the Venom Symbiote tries to attack Malekith only to be absorbed into his sword. The Dark Elves launch a sneak attack on Jane Foster's group while Tony Stark and Shuri help the dwarves create new weapons and Black Panther and the Dora Milaje prepare for a Frost Giant attack on the Avenger Mountain. Roz Solomon, an Agent of Wakanda reports that Roxxon has taken over Antartica, Namor is fighting off the Dark Elves in the ocean, and the Fantastic Four defend Manhattan. During the chaos, Daredevil grows disoriented which causes the Dark Elves to destroy the Bifrost Bridge. Frigga's group arrives at the Dark Bifrost Bridge, but Freyja realized that the Bifrost Bridge has been destroyed and changes plans in protecting the Dark Bifrost. Captain America's group finds Thor, but realizes that Thor is in his beserker rage after destroying many Frost Giants.[6]

Frigga grabs the sword that houses the Black Bifrost Bridge, and barely managed to retain her humanity. She sends Punisher to the Light Elves, She-Hulk to Nidavellir (Home of the Dwarves), Blade to Vanaheim (home of the Vanir Gods), and Ghost Rider to Niffleheim (the Land of the Dead) to recruit more allies. While Punisher has Queen Aelsa Featherwine of the Fay hear her out, She-Hulk sways the Dwarves with a short speech, Blade offers the Vanir the chance for revenge on Malekith for razing their sacred forests and defiling their temples, and Ghost Rider gets the Spiders of Hel on his side. Frigga also opens a portal to Jotunheim where Captain America's group and a weakened Thor goes through where Thor lost his prosthetic left arm during the battle. The rest of the groups arrive in the Avengers Mountain where they are attacked by an army of Fire Demons, Frost Giants, and other creatures on Malekith's side. Black Panther, and Shuri activate the Celestial in the Avengers Mountain which destroys all of Malekith's forces. While Thor is in the infirmary, Odin wakes up and demands to know where Frigga is. Frigga hears that Valkyrie is dead, Captain Marvel and the Agents of Atlas are fighting Fire Goblins in China, the Venom symbiote is being tortured by Malekith, Thor is recuperating, and Laufey is at the ruins of the Statue of Liberty swatting fighter jets. Captain America tries telling Odin that he can't go fighting while injured. Iron Man reveals that he, Shuri, and Screwbeard the Dwarf created an armor that is a mixture of uru and vibranium for Odin to assist him in battle. Malekith is torturing Venom and tries to tame the Symbiote as he uses a dagger of living abyss on the Venom symbiote to reshape it into Knull's All-Black designed to kill the Asgardians. Malekith is gleeful that his forces are causing chaos around Earth. Frigga is busy fighting off the endless hordes when Malekith throws the Venom symbiote as a spear at Frigga's stomach. Before he could kill her, Odin arrives in his new armor and buys time for Frigga to destroy the Black Bifrost Bridge where it's blast seemingly kills them both while defeating Malekith's forces. On Midgard, Jane Foster spreads the news of the destruction of the Black Bifrost Bridge. After being fully healed, Thor announces that he will lead the charge against Malekith's army while wielding a spiked hammer and Jarnbjorn as well as his prosthetic being replaced with a copy of the Destroyer's left arm.[7]

Wakanda was attacked by evil Angels of Heven when Hildegarde, Okoye, Lady Sif, Angela, Black Panther, Punisher, and the Light Elves arrive to help. In Uruguay, the Enchantress raise the dead, but Ghost Rider, Doctor Strange, and Balder ward her off. Spider Man has allied with the Spiders of Hel to defeat the enemies, She-Hulk is fighting against Ulik the Troll and his army, with Deadpool, Daredevil, and Iron Fist helping her out. Near the Roxxon Headquarters, service has been restored with the helps of Broo and Gorilla-Man of Agents of Wakanda. Before they are overrun, Blade and Ka-Zar along with the Vanir Gods, come to their rescue. Roz Solomon and Jane Foster help fight Minotaur. Dario's other side of Minotaur is exposed causing Roxxon's stocks to end up in a free fall. Captain Marvel defeats Sindr in Shanghai with Wolverine, Shang-Chi, Hawkeye, and the Warriors Three helping defeat the Fire Demons. In Manhattan, Iron Man equipped the Dwarves with War Machine armor and they lead the attack on Laufey with help from the Fantastic Four. In London, Captain America is helping Captain Britain fight off Dark Elves, Thori is dealing with the Dark Witches, and Volstagg controls the Destroyer Armor to defeat Kurse. When all seems lost, Thor returns and helps turn the tide around. Still with the powers of Heimdall, Daredevil takes Thor to the sun where he revealed that when Asgard was destroyed, Thor threw a seed in the sun. However, the seed was durable enough to survive being destroyed in the sun and grew into Yggdrasil the World Tree. Daredevil explains that Thor seeks an answer. However, there must be a price. Thor orders Daredevil to nail Thor into the tree using Jarnbjorn and ignore his screams until Thor can find an answer. While Thor is in the sun, its revealed that Malekith is torturing Odin and Frigga with the Venom Symbiote in Stonehenge. Odin pleads Thor to not go to Stonehenge as its a trap, but Malekith stabs Odin to make him be quiet with Thor trying to find another way. On Asgard, Jane Foster meets up with Heimdall in Asgard who tells her that Thor is in the sun trying to find answers. Heimdall tells Jane to not over exert herself, but Jane counters that she should be doing something since Bruunhilde died for her. Jane elaborates that she's the All Mother of Asgard and everything on Asgard is hers. She notices the broken hammer of Ultimate Thor that was previously was destroyed when Mangog fought against Volstagg's War Thor form. Jane Foster states that there must be another Thor and lifts it, transforming her.[8]

Issues involved[edit]

Road to War of the Realms[edit]

Main[edit]

  • War of the Realms #1-6

Tie-ins[edit]

Aftermath[edit]

  • Loki Vol. 3 #1-
  • Punisher Kill Krew #1-5
  • Thor Vol. 5 #15-
  • Valkyrie Vol. 3 #1-
  • War of the Realms Omega #1

Reception[edit]

Critical Reception[edit]

According to the review aggregator website Comic Book Roundup, issue #0 received an average score of 8.6/10 based on 25 reviews from critics. [9] Adam Barnhardt from Comicbook.com states "Though dense at times, War of the Realms transforms a dreary Midgard into an icy, fiery post-apocalyptic hellscape and the end result is an astonishing book that well worth taking in."[10]

Issue #2 received an average score of 8.5/10 based on 19 reviews from critics on Comic Book Roundup. [11] Deron Generally from the Super Powered Fancast states "Russell Dauterman delivers some beautiful and powerful art throughout this issue and all of the details, including the bloody conclusion, look amazing." [12]

Issue #3 received an average score of 8.6/10 based on 16 reviews from critics on Comic Book Roundup. [13] Matt Attanasio from Comicsverse wrote "WAR OF THE REALMS #3 is as exhilarating as it is gorgeous. Aaron's fast-paced writing, coupled with Dauterman and Wilson's beautiful pages, make this the strongest issue of the massive crossover event so far." [14]

Issue #4 received an average score of 8.6/10 based on 17 reviews from critics on Comic Book Roundup. [15] Adam Barnhardt from ComicBook.com wrote "This story is far from over and yet, it's already sequential storytelling at its best." [16]

Issue #5 received an average score of 8.6/10 based on 2 reviews from critics on Comic Book Roundup. [17] Brandon J. Griffin from Monkey Fighting Robots wrote "WAR OF THE REALMS is a return to form for Marvel events, it's an instant classic that just has fun being a Marvel comic book. This is should be the blueprint for large-scale comic book crossover events going forward; hopefully DC is paying attention as well." [18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "War of the Realms Reviews". ComicBookRoundup.com. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  2. ^ Marcus, Tucker Chet (November 16, 2018). "Get the Exclusive First Look at War of the Realms". Marvel.com. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  3. ^ Barnhardt, Adam (December 28, 2018). "Marvel Releases "War Of The Realms" Teaser Trailer". ComicBook.com. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  4. ^ War of the Realms #1. Marvel Comics.
  5. ^ War of the Realms #2. Marvel Comics.
  6. ^ War of the Realms #3. Marvel Comics.
  7. ^ War of the Realms #4. Marvel Comics.
  8. ^ War of the Realms #5. Marvel Comics.
  9. ^ "War of the Realms #1 Reviews". ComicBookRoundup.com. Retrieved 2019-05-02.
  10. ^ "Comic Book Reviews for This Week: 4/3/2019". Comics. Retrieved 2019-05-02.
  11. ^ "War of the Realms #2 Reviews". ComicBookRoundup.com. Retrieved 2019-05-02.
  12. ^ "War of the Realms #2 Review". The Super Powered Fancast. 2019-04-17. Retrieved 2019-05-02.
  13. ^ "War of the Realms #3 Reviews". ComicBookRoundup.com. Retrieved 2019-05-02.
  14. ^ "Everyone Has a Mission in WAR OF THE REALMS #3". ComicsVerse. 2019-05-01. Retrieved 2019-05-02.
  15. ^ "War of the Realms #4 Reviews". ComicBookRoundup.com. Retrieved 2019-05-16.
  16. ^ "Comic Book Reviews for This Week: 5/15/2019". Comics. Retrieved 2019-05-16.
  17. ^ "War of the Realms #5 Reviews". ComicBookRoundup.com. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  18. ^ "WAR OF THE REALMS #5 And Why This Event Is A Cut Above The Rest". Monkeys Fighting Robots. 2019-06-05. Retrieved 2019-06-05.

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