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Review – Valkyrie #2 (Marvel Comics)

Valkyrie #2 ( Marvel Comics) cover art (detail) by Mahmud A
Valkyrie #2
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Summary

Authors: Jason Aaron & Al Ewing
Artist: Cafu
Colorist: Jesus Aburtov
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Cover Artists: Mahmud Asrar & Matthew Wilson
Publisher: Marvel
Release Date: August 21st, 2019

Jane Foster is still getting the hang of being the one and only Valkyrie, but in Valkyrie #2, she has to be ready to deal with the harshest aspects of her new job.

 

A Lesson On Letting Go in Valkyrie #2

The tale of Jane Foster as Valkyrie continues in Valkyrie #2. For fans that have not been following along, this series is a direct result of what happened during the War of the Realms. It’s also something that has been built up to for some time now in the Thor series.

This is only the second issue of Jane Foster’s run as Valkyrie, yet the series is already proving to be just as intense as her time as the Mighty Thor. Valkyrie #2 did not pull punches—and we shouldn’t have expected them to do so.

It’s clear that Jane Foster is perfect for the last Valkyrie, yet she also still has a lot to learn about the job. Oddly enough, the job may help her deal with some issues she’s been fighting to avoid. So in the long run, Valkyrie may just be perfect for Jane.

Writing

Valkyrie #2 ( Marvel Comics) cover art by Mahmud A. Asrar
Valkyrie #2 ( Marvel Comics) cover art by Mahmud A. Asrar

Jason Aaron and Al Ewing have managed to make Valkyrie #2 an even more intense and emotional read than the first issue. This is an impressive feat, by all means. This series is already proving to be exactly the sort of follow-up we needed for our Jane.

When the antagonist for this plot was introduced, it was easy to be surprised. But these writers have managed to turn him into a true threat for Valkyrie. Putting a weapon like that into the hands of somebody like that…well, let’s just say that Jane was in for one heck of a fight here.

This issue ended up being shockingly emotional, all things considered. We knew that there would be an adjustment period here, as Jane learned how to deal with her new powers and tasks. But what many had forgotten to take into account (Jane included) is what the job would really require of her. Valkyrie is already shaping up to be a series worth reading. And it’s clear that there’s still a lot left in her story. The real question is: how far are the writers going to push it?

Art

Valkyrie #2 has some of the best artwork I’ve seen this year, second perhaps only to the first issue of this series. The design for the new Valkyrie outfit Jane wears is quite stunning, for a variety of reasons.

There are a few elements in particular that really stood out in this issue. For example, Valkyrie’s iconic golden wings. They were shown on the cover of the first issue, but it was this issue that really made use of them within the pages.

The portrayal of Jane’s new weapon is another highlight. This weapon is unique, even among the Marvel universe. And I just adore the way they designed the weapon’s transitions from one object to the next. It was sleek and elegant, exactly what it needed to be shown as.

Cafu is the artist behind the lines for this series so far, and we sincerely hope they stay on the project. Meanwhile, Jesus Aburtov provided the stunning colors, and Joe Sabino rounded out the tale with his lettering.

Conclusion

Jane Foster’s tale has never shied away from the emotional and dramatic side of storytelling. Yet Valkyrie #2 is surprising in the amount of emotional depth and loss portrayed within the pages. It is not an issue fans will want to miss.

This was a strong first plot and antagonist for the new Valkyrie to face off against. And of course, it’s left fans eager for more. What will Jane be facing next time?


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Cat Wyatt

Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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