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Valkyrie #6

Writers: Al Ewing & Jason Aaron
Artist: Pere Perez
Colorist: Jesus Aburtov
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Maturity Rating: T+
Release Date: December 11th, 2019

Valkyrie #6 begins a whole new quest for Jane Foster, the last Valkyrie. Now she’s meant to heal and save one character we never thought would need the help. And she’s going to require all of the iconic doctors of Marvel in order to do so.

 

Doctors of Marvel Unite in Valkyrie #6

Jane Foster: Valkyrie. It has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? Not that Jane ever wants her identity being revealed to the public. In Valkyrie #6, Jane finds herself working with a variety of different characters, from the iconic legends to some surprising throwbacks.

As of late, Jane has been struggling with something that all heroes with a secret identity must face: how to keep one’s secret alive, while balancing both sides of their life. It’s easier said than done, and keeping that secret has already cost Jane so much. But she loves being Valkyrie—that much is obvious. And it’s because of Valkyrie that Jane has found herself facing a whole new threat. One that will require her to reach out to the doctors of the Marvel universe.

Writing

Valkyrie #6 (Marvel Comics) main cover by Mahmud A. Asrar
Valkyrie #6 (Marvel Comics) main cover by Mahmud A. Asrar

Al Ewing and Jason Aaron have started to really push the boundaries of Valkyrie with this latest issue. Valkyrie #6 is full of cameos and surprising side characters, as well as one large and looming threat on the horizon.

This plot might be a bit surprising for some. In many ways, it isn’t your typical Marvel series. But it does fit in well with the world (and job) that they’ve created for Valkyrie. Much of her questing will and should involve the dead and dying. What is perhaps more surprising are those we find at risk.

All things considered, this was an interesting issue. They perfectly balanced the humor (most of which was in the earlier part) with the intensity and drama expected of a darker series. Valkyrie is finding her groove, and along with her so is the series.

Art

It’ll come as no surprise to hear that the artwork inside Valkyrie #6 is vibrant and dramatic. The bland scenes of the ordinary are in sharp contrast with the brilliant scenes of magic and wonder. And it’s all in the daily life of a Valkyrie. Or rather, the Valkyrie.

Pere Perez was brought on as a guest artist for Valkyrie #6, and they immediately showed an understanding of how Valkyrie’s powers work. They’re all shown in delightful lighting here. That’s not what will grab the reader’s attention, though. No, that honor goes to the sheer number of cameos in this issue. Even the unfamiliar characters have their distinct looks, and seeing them all through Valkyrie’s sight is a harrowing experience. This simple scene really brought the whole purpose of Valkyrie home.

Jesus Aburtov was back again for this issue, providing the colors that we’ve come to know and love. And boy, are they vibrant! There are some scenes that are truly made because of Aburtov’s sense of color and balance.

Finally, VC’s Joe Sabino was the letterer, and once again, he showed off his skill here. There was a decent amount of writing in this issue, between character conversations, internal thoughts, and sound effects. And they are all so carefully placed.

Conclusion

Valkyrie #6 begins a new plot for Jane Foster, “Strange Aeons”. And that’s an accurate name if ever I’ve heard one. This is a dramatic issue, from start to finish, and it’s going to leave readers eager to get their hands on the next issue. The cameos and guest artists were all nice surprises, and that helped to bring this issue to new heights. One character’s appearance, in particular, will likely make fans want to catch up with his series (or feel smug for already having done so).


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