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Review – War of the Realms #1 (Marvel Comics)

War of the Realms #1
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Summary

Writer: Jason Aaron 
Artist: Russell Dauterman
Colorist: Matthew Wilson
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Maturity Rating: Teen
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: April 03, 2019

The Marvel Comics giant event is here in War of the Realms #1. Malekith looks to take over all the realms and only Midgard and its heroes stand in the way!

“War, What is it Good For?” War of the Realms #1

The giant Marvel Event is here. The event that Jason Aaron has been building up to since he started writing Thor back in 2012! War of the Realms #1 launches the Marvel Universe into a battle to end all. Malekith the Dark Elf wants to rule all ten realms and he has pretty much succeeded. Except for Midgard. Only Earth’s heroes stand in the way, but can Earth’s Mightiest Heroes stand up to the might of Malekith and his warriors of the realms?

Writing

War of the Realms #1 (Marvel Comics) main cover by Arthur Adams and Matthew Wilson
War of the Realms #1 (Marvel Comics) main cover by Arthur Adams and Matthew Wilson

Obviously, Jason Aaron has been writing Thor for a long time and building up to this massive event in War of the Realms. I know everybody has opinions about big “event” comics, but there is a reason they are usually top sellers (and why the Avengers movies make all the money). People like to see all their heroes come together and interact in these big spectacles. In comics, it is more of whether you can pull it off well. It is still a relatively new thing in movies, but comic book readers are used to this by now. It is more if Jason Aaron can make it worth your time, money, and interrupting your other comic stories. If War of the Realms #1 is any indication, it seems this event is worth it all!

Aaron does a great job setting everything up. War of the Realms #1 is easily dived into. It may help if you have been following along with Thor, but Aaron makes this first issue easily accessible to any fan. You may not get all the key details or little Easter eggs, but you get the main meat of the story. Aaron does this without bogging down the pace, either. He fills the 48 pages with a great story. Everything flows exceptionally well. He does an exceptional job of building the story to its cliffhanger ending.

Aaron’s dialogue is fantastic throughout the issue. There are a ton of characters that appear throughout the issue and all of them feel spot on. It probably helps that he is also writing the current Avengers book as well. I love that War of the Realms #1 keeps the same continuity as The Avengers series (everyone is surprised Blade is an Avenger). I am just surprised how Aaron makes everything flow together so nicely. And the issue is a definite page-turner.

Art

Well, if you are going to have a big event book with a big writer you are going to need just as big an artist, and Russell Dauterman fills those shoes in War of the Realms #1. He had a huge task in this issue. When I say a lot of characters appear, I mean a lot of characters appear. I am not talking normal Marvel heroes, either; you got Trolls, Dark Elves, Frost Giants, War Angels, and a host of other creatures. You also have many different locations and set pieces. Dauterman handles all this like the pro he is with some tremendous detail. I love his almost “flowing” ink lines. It gives everything this exquisite look and feel. His characters also have great smooth little details and lines that bring them to life.

I really love what Dauterman does with his panel work in War of the Realms #1. He uses a lot of odd angular-shaped panels throughout the issue. It works tremendously well in different scenes. He uses all kinds of different shapes and sizes in his panels to set up scenes and really just builds some beautiful sequential work.

You also know Marvel is bringing out all the “big guns” when you see Matthew Wilson on colors. He is one of the greats and it shows throughout the issue. He gives almost like a painterly type feels to some of the scenes in War of the Realms #1. There is a close up of Thor’s face where I could swear I saw brush strokes! Wilson does marvelous work coloring all those different characters and places and bringing them to life.

Conclusion

War of the Realms #1 delivered exactly what I want from a big event comic: a big epic story that I could jump into. All my favorite heroes coming together and fighting a huge battle. Yeah, it is not “world-shattering” story or a thought-provoking piece, but it delivers what it is supposed to a big blockbuster event. The art matches that tenfold as Dauterman and Wilson make a marvelous team with some truly splendid pieces throughout the issue and overall sublime sequential work. Now, I don’t know how I will feel as War of the Realms spreads out into a thousand different issues (literally), but for now, this main book is definitely worth your time and money.


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Brent Jackson

Brent is happily married and an avid comic book consumer who loves nothing more than the smell of comics in the morning and diving through a long box of back issues. By day he is a nutritionist and has also been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 10 years. He is probably not the coolest person you have ever met. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @brentjackson30

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