Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: Javier Garron
Color Artist: David Curiel
Cover Artists: Javier Garron & David Curiel
Publisher: Marvel Comics
The Avengers are preparing for a war. They’ve already been under attack by several groups of villains in recent memory, and they’re only now starting to regroup and strategize their own moves. One of which is to find other superheroes to join them in their fight, one of which is Jane Foster, The Valkyrie. However, Valkyrie has some things to take care of as seen in Avengers #56.
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The comic follows Jane Foster waking up in a dream-like world that feels ripped right out of Disney’s Snow White, where things are clearly not what they seem. She’s not wielding Mjolnir, nor is she a Valkyrie, she’s just regular, healthy Jane Foster. Who’s happily married to Thor God of Thunder. Clearly, something’s wrong and Jane must find a way to break free from this illusion and discover who’s behind it all and why.
Let’s start with the good stuff first. The art by Javier Garron with David Curiel’s colors continue to be great, no complaints on the art in the comic book. The characters and creatures all have readable facial expressions, especially with scenes conveying Jane Foster’s confusion and anxiety when trying to piece the clues together. She goes from confused to terrified to anger when appropriate. The art has calm scenes when all is fine and then the art transitions to being kinetic and dynamic when the action kicks into high gear. Whatever the story flaws, the art is not what’s holding back this comic book, quite the opposite.
But that’s where the pros end for this comic. This comic is just filler for the big upcoming story arc dealing with the Avengers’ next Multiverse story fighting Mephisto. If you’re not familiar with the term, the long and short of it is that filler is when you have a story that’s padding things out in a major storyline instead of continuing things along. It’s essentially a disposable story that may or may not contribute to the larger storyline or main character’s progress in a series like this one.
In this case, the comic does nothing to add anything to the main storyline, let alone to Jane Foster as a character. In fact it’s more of a random side story where Jason Aaron can just write another story about Jane Foster. The story is as simple and straightforward as mentioned before, there’s no cool angle or twist to it. Unless you’re a huge Jane Foster fan who wants to read everything with her in it, then you can just skip this comic. It adds nothing, it’s not fun or at least so fun that you need to buy it.
There is a bit of intrigue at the end set up for Jane Foster, but it’s too soon to say whether it will pay off in later issues. This wouldn’t be the first time Aaron set something up and did nothing with it for some time, “cough” Thanos & Hela as a couple “cough”. So, we’ll see if Aaron actually uses this setup for something significant or if it’s just a fun tease for something that won’t actually happen or play into the main story whatsoever.
Avengers #56 is more of a side story for Jane Foster instead of essential reading for the character or the main storyline in Avengers. The comic issue’s story is pretty straightforward but incredibly predictable once it starts. Of course, the artwork from Javier Garron and the colors by David Curiel are good as always in the comic.