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Review – The War of the Realms: Strikeforce Land of the Giants #1 (Marvel Comics)

The War of the Realms: Strike Force Land of the Giants #1
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The War of the Realms: Strikeforce Land of the Giants #1

Writer: Tom Taylor
Pencils: Jorge Molina
Inks: Adriano Di Benedetto
Colorist: David Curiel
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Maturity Rating: Teen
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release: May 22, 2019

Captain America, Iron Fist, Wolverine, Luke Cage and Spider-Man travel to the land of the Frost Giants to save Thor

 

Strikeforce Team Assemble!

 

Captain America has put together his Strikeforce team to save Thor from Jotunheim the land of the Frost Giants. Wolverine, Iron Fist, Luke Cage and Spider-Man all play an important role in bringing the god of thunder home. With weapons in hands and shields at the ready, the team is set to go. But what will they find in the frozen wasteland and what will be lost? Find out in The War of the Realms: Strikeforce Land of the Giants #1.

Writing

The War Of the Realms Strikeforce The Land of Giants #1(Marvel) cover by Jorge Molina
The War Of the Realms Strikeforce The Land of Giants #1(Marvel) cover by Jorge Molina

Tom Taylor scripts this one-shot War of the Realms story. If you have read War of the Realms 1-3 then you already know the gist of this story. Like the other one-shot stories following the various teams going into different realms this issue just gives more details into what went on than what the main War of the Realms issue glossed over. So, we already know how it ends, but Taylor makes what happens in-between very interesting.

I really like this Strikeforce team. They are a great mix of characters and Taylor writes them extremely well. He frames the narrative through Spider-Man’s point of view and it works well. Taylor does a great job of matching seriousness with some fantastic humorous lines throughout the issue. The interactions between Spider-Man and Wolverine are some of the best.

The story does not add anything new to the War of the Realms story but it adds some delightful details on how the group was assembled and what happened in Jotunheim. It also has a nice little heartfelt story in it as well.

Art

I should probably give this a 10 out of 10 on art just by how good Captain America looks in that winter jacket! It has looked cool in the other issues but the art team makes it look phenomenal. Somebody needs to get on making that a real piece of clothing!

I enjoyed Jorge Molina’s penciling work. He has a good realistic style that fits well with the story. He has great structure and panel layouts as well, that make the book flow nicely from scene to scene. Cap’s shield does look a little small in some scenes, but man does he draw a fantastic looking flying horse! Adriano Di Benedetto catches all the great details in that horse with some fine inking as well. There is just some delightful detail throughout this issue. From different armor and weapons to some nice background details.

Speaking about the art team there is a tremendous two-page spread of Daredevil the “god without out fear” opening the Bifrost’ that is just mesmerizing. Sometimes the coloring was a little too “shiny” at times, but man it works superbly well in this scene. It is just an all-around stunning piece of work; it is one of those pieces you can just stare at for a long long time. Form the panel layouts to the fine detail work, to all the colors “popping”. It is almost worth the cover price just for this page.

Conclusion

While this Strikeforce book doesn’t really “add” anything to the continuation of the War of the Realms story it is a nice more detailed look into things that are happening. Tom Taylor does a wonderful job of balancing comedy and more serious aspects throughout this issue. The art team also does a great job of not only offering some beautiful visuals but nailing the comedic timing of different bits as well. If you have been enjoying War of the Realms, or just want a solid one-shot story then check this issue out.


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