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Valkyrie #9

Writers: Jason Aaron & Torunn Gronbekk
Artist: Ramon Rosanas
Colorist: Jesus Aburtov
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Maturity Rating: T+
Release Date: March 18, 2020

Valkyrie #9 pits Jane Foster against a surprise enemy, as well as bringing about even more change and twists – none of which bode well for her charges.

 

Undrjarn Provides in Valkyrie #9

Valkyrie #9 continues the latest plot arc for Jane Foster, “The End of All Things”. Now that Jane seems to have her footing with the Valkyrie mantle, it’s time to truly push things forward a bit. And that means putting her up against a massive threat, and a few surprises.

This is also one of those plots that have pulled in many Marvel heroes, which makes it all the more exciting. If you take a peek at the cover of this issue, you’ll be able to immediately identify at least one character who has become involved.

Valkyrie #9 (Marvel Comics) main cover by Mahmud A. Asrar
Valkyrie #9 (Marvel Comics) main cover by Mahmud A. Asrar

Speaking of the cover, is anyone else concerned with the decision to show Jane Foster and not Valkyrie? That feels like it is going to become an important fact. But one can hope that it simply a dramatic cover and nothing more.

Writing

Valkyrie #9 was every bit as dramatic as we had been hoping for. Actually, it is quite a bit more. Jane Foster was more certainly not prepared for what she found deep within the Earth. On the bright side, her connection with Undrjarn has never been stronger.

Jason Aaron and Torunn Gronbekk worked together to create this plot, and it’s safe to say that it had a lot going on within it. There’s the obvious danger and drama introduced in the last issue, which was carried over and magnified here. But there’s also a new tension, courtesy of a surprise fight. Plus the classic storytelling technique of using flashbacks to set the scene, and thus introduce the antagonist behind it all. But don’t worry, all of that tension is balanced out by a few minor moments, which you can give credit to Mr. Horse for. And yes, that really is his name.

All things considered, this is one of the more dramatic plot arcs Valkyrie has seen thus far. There’s no doubt that it’ll be far-reaching, though we don’t yet know how far. It is refreshing to see so many Marvel characters involved, though, as it adds weight to this relatively new series.

Art

Valkyrie #9 is another example of brilliant artwork. It feels like every issue in the series thus far has showcased some of the best work available, and this issue is no exception. Jane Foster/Valkyrie’s struggle comes to life on these pages in vibrant detail.

The portrayal of other Marvel heroes and villains makes the artwork all the more impressive, if I may say so. Though there are several other elements that I found to be noteworthy as well, from the color palettes (and how it changed depending on the setting) to the expressions and battles.

Ramon Rosanas was the lead artist for this issue, and they did a wonderful job portraying a sense of scale and movement. The battle the Valkyrie faced felt epic, as it should. As did the transition that Undrjarn went through.

Meanwhile, Jesus Aburtov was the colorist, and I already briefly touched upon some of the aspects that were great in this issue. The muted effect, in particular, carried significant impact, especially given what was going on.

Finally, VC’s Joe Sabino was the letterer for this issue, and his sense of flow is unparalleled in this issue. Every detail in his work leads you from one to the next, but there’s also this sense of elegance in the way it is all designed.

Conclusion

Valkyrie #9 was an enthralling issue, one that leaves us concerned for what is to come. In that sense, it is perfect for Jane Foster’s story. After all, her series has consistently pushed the boundaries of creative storytelling. It’ll be fascinating to see how far this particular plot goes, especially considering the other characters affected by what is occurring. 


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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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