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Review – Valkyrie #4 (Marvel Comics)

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Valkyrie #4

Writers: Al Ewing & Jason Aaron
Artist: Cafu
Colorist: Jesus Aburtov
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Maturity Rating: T+
Release Date: October 23rd, 2019

Jane Foster’s quest for advice brings her a new dilemma in Valkyrie #4. This plot brings with it established characters, both as enemies and potential allies.

 

New Questions and Enemies in Valkyrie #4

Jane Foster is still getting the hang of this whole Valkyrie thing. And we can’t exactly blame her for having a bit of trouble catching on; after all, she’s the last Valkyrie out there. That’s why Jane is seeking out advice in Valkyrie #4. Of course, in the comic book world, nothing is ever that simple. Seeking out advice is a solid way of getting yourself thrown into another plot arc, and you know what that means. New enemies and allies! Or at least, that’s what we’re hoping for.

Valkyrie has been a compelling series so far, taking Jane Foster’s character to all new heights. I personally adore how many risks they’ve been taking with Jane’s character over the years. And I’m looking forward to seeing how far this series goes.

Writing

Valkyrie #4 (Marvel Comics) main cover by Mahmud A. Asrar
Valkyrie #4 (Marvel Comics) main cover by Mahmud A. Asrar

Our writing duo, Al Ewing and Jason Aaron, have proven time and again that they’re not afraid to pull other characters into this series. So it’s probably no surprise that they did so once again in Valkyrie #4. The plot they created in this issue was interesting, sprinkled with a light amount of humor, and leaned heavily on established lore and characters from the greater Marvel universe. And honestly? It all made for a shockingly good tale.

Fans of character interactions and cameos are probably going to love this issue. I know I did. What’ll be even more interesting is seeing the next issue, which will include all of the fallout for the events in this issue.

They’ve already done a good job of setting up a sort of pattern with Valkyrie’s arcs, giving us an idea of what we should be expecting with her character. Or, more accurately, what sort of duty her job is going to entail.

Art

The entire Valkyrie series has boasted some absolutely wonderful art, and Valkyrie #4 is no exception to that rule. The series can really bounce back and forth between the mundane and the fantastical with apparent ease.

Jane’s expressions are one of the subtle highlights in this issue, her doubts reading clearly across her face. On the opposite side of that spectrum, the magic portrayed within this issue was vibrant and dangerous.

Cafu was the leading artist for this issue, and you can see their iconic style at work. Jesus Aburtov returned to provide the coloring for this issue (which I adored), and VC’s Joe Sabino did the lettering.

Conclusion

Valkyrie #4 was a dramatic issue, quickly and effortlessly establishing a new threat and plot for Jane Foster. And it wasn’t afraid to put other characters in the line of fire in order to increase the emotional investment of its readers.

I honestly really enjoyed this issue. It had some light and fluffy moments, but when the time came it wasn’t afraid to throw down. And of course, now I find myself anxiously looking forward to what happens in Valkyrie #5.


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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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