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Review – Valkyrie #5 (Marvel)

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Valkyrie #5

Writers: Al Ewing and Jason Aaron
Artist: Cafu
Colorist: Jesus Aburtov
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Publisher: Marvel
Released: November 27th, 2019
Maturity Rating: T+

Valkyrie #5 is an emotional issue, one that’s clever and humorous all in one. Jane is slowly figuring out her latest job position, and that means she’s starting to understand her powers. And their requirements.

 

The Difference Between Being A Hero and A Valkyrie in Valkyrie #5

 

It’s safe to say that there’s been a bit of an adjustment period for Jane Foster. First, she was Thor, and now she’s Valkyrie. And Valkyrie #5 reminds us of all that she’s been through – while showing us how much farther she still has to go.

The last we saw of Valkyrie, she had new allies on the horizon – a few of which were in danger. The issue was full of cameos, but that helped add to the credibility of her latest series. While also adding some extra tension. After all, the job of the Valkyries is to escort the dead to Valhalla..so…

Even with all of those ups and downs, there’s something that feels so right about the latest change to her character. In many ways, this is the plot her character has been building towards for years. And it’s nice to get a chance to see her shine.

Writing

Valkyrie #5(Marvel Comics) Cover art by Mahmud A. Asrar
Valkyrie #5(Marvel Comics) Cover art by Mahmud A. Asrar

Valkyrie #5 continued Jane Foster’s quest at becoming better at her job (her words, not mine). But it’s so much more than that as well. She’s settling into the position, but mostly due to the fact that she has to keep throwing herself headfirst into danger. Learn by doing, right?

This issue bounced back and forth between highly tense moments and shockingly funny bits (thanks mostly to Mr. Horse and all of his glory). It was the right balance. A series that is going to potentially deal with so much deal has to find a way to level things out. And it seems like the creative team have found that balance here.

Al Ewing and Jason Aaron did a solid job of writing for this issue. The threat was an interesting one – a clever counter to the work that she’s been doing. I love that they’re coming up with threats that are specific to Valkyrie (and her position), rather than just throwing the typical sort of villain at her. Granted, in this case, it was a bit of both. But that’s okay.

Most importantly, they’re already building towards repeating issues for Valkyrie. Every true hero – whether or not they call themselves such – must have a repeat antagonist or two. And it seems like we might have found that for our Jane Foster here. It’ll be fantastic to see how this plays out in the long run.

Art

As per usual. The artwork inside Valkyrie #5 is absolutely stunning. The creative team behind the series has a great grasp of what they can and need to show in this series. And the end result is something beautiful.

Cafu was the lead artist for this issue, providing the myriad of expressions and action scenes that have made this series what it is. Meanwhile, Jesus Aburtov provided the colors for this issue – hence all of the brilliant colors that make the artwork come alive.

Finally, VC’s Joe Sabino did the lettering for this issue. His work is understated but exactly what the series needs. It tells the story but never gets in the way of the stunning artwork.

Honestly, my only complaint about this issue is the cover. It isn’t the same quality I would hope, and dare I say that it’s borderline click bait-like in design? Without the phrase, it would actually probably be fine. But since it’s there…

Conclusion

Valkyrie #5 was a brilliant addition to Jane’s tale. I love where they’re taking her series. It’s been an intense and fascinating ride so far, and here’s hoping it doesn’t end anytime soon. This issue had the perfect balance of heavy and humor, which is really essential for this type of story.

And now I’m just left sitting here, looking forward to Valkyrie #6. Here’s hoping it holds up to the rest of the series.

 

 

 


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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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