Writer: Jason Aaron and Torunn Gronbekk
Art: Mattia De Iulis, Erica D’Urso, Marcio Menyz, and VC’s Joe Sabino
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: April 21st, 2021
Reviewed: Rollo Tomasi
Jane Foster thought she was the only VALKYRIE left until her fight against Knull, the KING IN BLACK. However, when Loki approaches Jane with whispers of a creature prowling for Midgard souls, she plunges into action. Nevertheless, this MIGHTY VALKYRIE may need some backup. Let’s jump into THE MIGHTY VALKYRIE #1 by Jason Aaron and Torunn Gronbekk to get the true story behind Marvel‘s newest hero as we begin an all-new amazing adventure.
If you’re interested in this comic or any of the others mentioned, simply click on the title/link to snag a copy through Amazon.
I’m not a THOR fan. I did read most of Jason Aaron’s THOR run, including Jane Foster as THOR storyline. However, that’s basically it. VALKYRIE is a name from the THOR comics that’s been used by several people over time. This new series focuses on two of them specifically. Yet, at the end of her time as the MIGHTY THOR, Jane had become the only VALKYRIE. This book splits the story between Jane and a recently introduced new VALKYRIE, named Rune.
The first half of the issue focuses on Jane who now is trying to have a somewhat normal life back on Midgard (AKA Earth). In her civilian identity, she has a new job as an assistant in a hospital Morgue and has even begun making some new friends. In an issue that includes Norse Gods and alien worlds, Jane’s new role is actually the most interesting.
It was fantastic seeing Jane spend time with people dying from Cancer (of which Jane is a survivor). There is also a scene where Jane goes to a bar with fellow “Death Dealers” called the “Remains of the day”. To me, I would have been fine staying in the bar the entire issue and hearing more work stories. This aspect of the anecdote was unique, clever, and was ultimately the best part of the issue. But of course, this is a superhero comic. So, we have to see Jane change into her VALKYRIE guise to fight a literal big bad wolf.
The second half of the issue focused on the new VALKYRIE, Rune. We are thrown instantly into what felt like the middle of her story. She is on some alien world searching for answers. That’s pretty much it. For those of you that noticed Rune’s strong resemblance to Tessa Thompson’s VALKYRIE from the MCU, you’re not wrong. This story just feels like Marvel really wants the character to remind readers of the MCU. But alas, not much happens with character moments to make me feel invested in the character quite yet unlike Jane’s story earlier.
Thank the Maker that Marvel puts a recap page at the start of every comic. Otherwise, this new status quo for the two main characters would have been even harder to follow than it already was. That said, Jane’s part is handled much better than the new character Rune. Could this be because Jane has been around so much longer? Is it because she’s more established? Maybe… Nevertheless, Rune felt like I needed to have read the recent KING IN BLACK Event in order to follow who she is and decide if I find her interesting or not. For right now, there’s just not much there.
As for the art, since the book is split up into two stories, there is more than one artist. Jane’s story is drawn by Mattia De Iulis. It has a style that is reminiscent of Esad Ribic’s THOR run except for the faces here feel like they are trying too hard to create a likeness to people I don’t even know. The fight scenes do jump around and are a tad hard to follow. However, the comic does a great job of showing the grand scope of what Jane fights, which is phenomenal for new readers. Her battles are far above a simple mugger in a back alley.
The second story is drawn by Erica D’Urso. Whereas in the first story there wasn’t much in the background art, here there is almost too much. Which for some artists, like legend George Perez, is what makes their art amazing. Nonetheless, between the new VALKYRIE looking like the MCU one and taking place on a planet that looks a lot like the one in Thor: Ragnorok, I felt distracted. The art is serviceable and can be followed. Yet, it’s not dynamic enough to really impress.
If you’ve been following THOR for the last few years, there are a lot of connections here that will keep you interested, especially the Jane story. The 2nd story is so disconnected and thin that it might take a while for fans to find the new VALKYRIE interesting as her own character.