War of the Realms
THE WAR OF THE REALMS is upon us! Malekith, king of the Dark Elves, has been conquering the Ten Realms and now has his sights set on the last one: Earth. And with armies of Frost Giants, Fire Goblins, trolls, angel warriors, Roxxon corporate soldiers, the Enchantress and the prince of lies himself, Loki, at his side, Malekith may just succeed. Asgardia is no more, Old Asgard is in ruins, and the majority of Asgardians are refugees on Earth. Now Thor and Earth's heroes -- including the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, and even such unlikely allies as Venom and Punisher -- are all that stand in Malekith's way! It's an event five years in the making as the MIGHTY THOR creative team of writer Jason Aaron, artist Russell Dauterman and colorist Matthew Wilson reunite to save the Ten Realms!COLLECTING: WAR OF THE REALMS 1-6, WAR OF THE REALMS: OMEGA

War of the Realms Details

TitleWar of the Realms
Author
ReleaseAug 27th, 2019
PublisherMarvel
ISBN-139781302914691
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Comics, Superheroes, Marvel, Graphic Novels, Comic Book, Fiction

War of the Realms Review

  • Malum
    January 1, 1970
    I had pretty much written this event off because a lot of the pre-War of the Realms stuff I saw was very unimpressive. Much to my surprise, though, this turned out to be a lot of fun. From the first issue to the last, it is just one constant fight with more heroes than you can shake a stick at. Imagine the last battle in Endgame stretched out to a six-issue graphic novel. Bonus points for Spider-Man and Iron Man lightening things up with some pretty funny lines (as an aside: why is Spider-Man's I had pretty much written this event off because a lot of the pre-War of the Realms stuff I saw was very unimpressive. Much to my surprise, though, this turned out to be a lot of fun. From the first issue to the last, it is just one constant fight with more heroes than you can shake a stick at. Imagine the last battle in Endgame stretched out to a six-issue graphic novel. Bonus points for Spider-Man and Iron Man lightening things up with some pretty funny lines (as an aside: why is Spider-Man's name hyphenated and Iron Man's name isnt? The world may never know...).There are a couple of negatives though, and they mostly have to do with the Omega issue:The Omega issue was just a glorified commercial for some new books Marvel is going to be pumping out. (view spoiler)[Daredevil gets some new magic sticks at the end of the Omega issue. Can't we just let Daredevil be a cool street level hero without always trying to give him magic powers? He got a magic sword in his last run, a different magic sword in the War of the Realms, and now some magic billie clubs. Sheesh (hide spoiler)].(view spoiler)[I loved Jane Foster as Thor, but her as Valkyrie isnt doing it for me. Her look is uninspired and this whole move just reeks of Marvel trying to bring back a popular character in a really anti-climactic way (hide spoiler)].
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  • Dimitra
    January 1, 1970
    This is the best Marvel event in years. Probably my favorite. Jason Aaron's story telling along with Russell Dauterman's stunning art was such an enjoyable ride. This team has been building this for years and every book has been constantly better than the last... every issue, tie-in, mini series or on-going has been magnificent. Aaron's Thor years have been amazing and will forever stand out in the history books.
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  • Ramon
    January 1, 1970
    Doth mine eyes deceive me?! An entire event series with just one dedicated artist? An event with much planning and aforethought? Well, dear me if this isn't the best event series since, uh, Secret Wars. But also it's a great end to a phase of Aaron's Thor run. But the art is great (as is Wilson's colors) too. Lots of great moments of import that have been set up in previous issues. Lots of funny bits as well.
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  • Chris Lemmerman
    January 1, 1970
    The culmination of Jason Aaron's Thor run, an event 7 years in the making, finally hits the Marvel Universe as the War Of The Realms comes to Midgard.War Of The Realms is a summer blockbuster. It's high action, high stakes, character deaths galore (although there's quite a few fake-outs), but it never loses sight of the fact that it's meant to be the end of something, not a springboard for the next Marvel relaunch or status quo, which is a wonderful change. Aaron does his best to catch you up if The culmination of Jason Aaron's Thor run, an event 7 years in the making, finally hits the Marvel Universe as the War Of The Realms comes to Midgard.War Of The Realms is a summer blockbuster. It's high action, high stakes, character deaths galore (although there's quite a few fake-outs), but it never loses sight of the fact that it's meant to be the end of something, not a springboard for the next Marvel relaunch or status quo, which is a wonderful change. Aaron does his best to catch you up if you're not familiar with his previous stories, but having read the rest of his Thor run will mean you get a lot more out of the payoffs in this story than if you hadn't.There are still a few twists and turns, a couple of unexpected developments, and the way in which the War is finally won is just perfect, a love-letter to everything Aaron has been doing with this character across the last seven years. War Of The Realms feels important to Thor and his companions, as it should, but it's on such a big stage that it also justifies itself as an event - if this was just another arc of Thor, it wouldn't have done the story justice, so I'm actually pleased Marvel ramped it up into its own event for a change.The art from start to finish is from the incomparable Russell Dauterman, who is second-to-none when it comes to Thor. His art's fantastically detailed, and even with each of these issues being extra-sized, they all shipped on time, and each page looks as painstakingly detailed as the last. It's just beautiful.War Of The Realms is what a Marvel event should be - earned, justified, and a hell of a lot of fun. Or maybe a Hel of a lot of fun, if we're staying on brand.
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  • Ondra Král
    January 1, 1970
    All hail Jason Aaron!Vše co si pečlivě buduje v Thor sériích od roku 2012 vyvrcholí monumentální a nádherně nakreslenou akčňárnou plnou hlášek a cool scén. Tohle je mainstream s velkým M. Srdíčko nerda párkrát zaplesalo, o to víc, že Marvel po čase zvládl nějakej event. I když... WoR strašně trpí svou eventovostí - hromada zápletek je jenom načrtnutá, a řeší se ve vlastních řadách, takže třeba Thora is až do finálního čísla skoro neužijete a některé scény prostě nedávají bez znalostí jiných řad All hail Jason Aaron!Vše co si pečlivě buduje v Thor sériích od roku 2012 vyvrcholí monumentální a nádherně nakreslenou akčňárnou plnou hlášek a cool scén. Tohle je mainstream s velkým M. Srdíčko nerda párkrát zaplesalo, o to víc, že Marvel po čase zvládl nějakej event. I když... WoR strašně trpí svou eventovostí - hromada zápletek je jenom načrtnutá, a řeší se ve vlastních řadách, takže třeba Thora is až do finálního čísla skoro neužijete a některé scény prostě nedávají bez znalostí jiných řad smysl. Ale tohle mě fakt baví, a chci číst víc.
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  • Marco
    January 1, 1970
    "If only Thor can save the day... Then we simply need more Thors."
  • Billy Jepma
    January 1, 1970
    Jason Aaron is one of my favorite writers in comics, and Russel Dauterman is one of my favorite artists out there. As you can imagine, I was very excited to see them reunite for the "War of the Realms" event that Aaron has been building toward over the last several years. However, I'm usually very wary of event comics, so my excitement for this series was tempered with the nagging fear that it would miss the mark. Thankfully, it didn't. Not at all. While it doesn't hit quite as hard as it wants Jason Aaron is one of my favorite writers in comics, and Russel Dauterman is one of my favorite artists out there. As you can imagine, I was very excited to see them reunite for the "War of the Realms" event that Aaron has been building toward over the last several years. However, I'm usually very wary of event comics, so my excitement for this series was tempered with the nagging fear that it would miss the mark. Thankfully, it didn't. Not at all. While it doesn't hit quite as hard as it wants to, Aaron has penned a spectacular event that's elevated by some of the best art in the industry. Over each of the six issues, Aaron and Dauterman (with the inimitable Matthew Wilson on colors and Joe Sabino on letters), carry their audience through a rollicking event that features some of the best action I've ever seen on the page of a comic. Dauterman's layouts and linework are second-to-none, and seeing him flex his muscles on a story of this scale is nothing short of a treat. And when paired with Wilson's beautiful colors and Sabino's lettering, "War of the Realms" is one of the most exceptional looking comics Marvel has done. Aaron's story is also strong, as usual, and his years working with Thor and the Avengers has left him well-equipped to pen a galaxy-spanning tale like this. However, the scope of the story does get the better of him sometimes, as there's not much emotional weight in the middle section. "War" opens with spectacle and consequence, ends with the appropriate layers of triumph and emotion, but narratively lags in the middle. The artwork keeps things moving, and the pair-ups in the event are great, but the stakes aren't as tangible as I was hoping for.If this story succeeds at anything, though, it's making the scale of the event feel very real to the Marvel Universe. With the main series focusing on the plot, I enjoyed how the tie-ins (especially the "Strikeforce" one-offs) took time to show how some of the less-front-facing characters are dealing with it. The tie-ins also helped space out the breakneck pace of the main series and provided the large cast of characters with some time to breathe.Overall, I really enjoyed "War of the Realms." It's a remarkable achievement that sports some of the best artwork on the stands. It's not perfect, and falls victim to some of the typical "event story" pitfalls, but remains an incredibly exciting and enjoyable read from start to finish.
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  • James
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars. Man this made me mad. This run started off with so much potential. The story grabs you and draws you in for ride in such an awesome manner. As I was reading issues 1-4 I just couldn’t wait for the next book. Then it just lost all its steam in 5 and 6. I mean there was some cool stuff set up at the end that I’m looking forward to, but it’s like Aaron just gave up or stopped caring nearing then end of this. This easily could have been 4.5-5 stars if he had stuck the landing.
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  • Peaky
    January 1, 1970
    War of the Realms words we are hearing for years from Jason Aaron comics event he planned for so long finally concluded. I was more than teased for this War already seeing preludium of it in Mighty Thor issues ever since Loki put that dagger in his mother chest, also from other stories like Infinity Wars (Which sucks btw, but Loki is epic), Doctor Strange: God Of Magic etc. So story begins with a boom with dark elves “killing” Odin alone in Old Asgard and sage of Midgard begins streets of New Yo War of the Realms words we are hearing for years from Jason Aaron comics event he planned for so long finally concluded. I was more than teased for this War already seeing preludium of it in Mighty Thor issues ever since Loki put that dagger in his mother chest, also from other stories like Infinity Wars (Which sucks btw, but Loki is epic), Doctor Strange: God Of Magic etc. So story begins with a boom with dark elves “killing” Odin alone in Old Asgard and sage of Midgard begins streets of New York flowed with creatures of all ten realms and Malekith’s Cabal on one side and great number of our favorite superheroes on other (Asgardians, Avengers, Defenders, Agents of Wakanda, Spider-Man, Logan, Punisher etc.) and one more shocker Loki killed by his father Laufey right after saving his “mother” by cutting Laufey’s hand. Battles were raging in beautiful art of this comic by Russell Dauterman. Colors made me feel like I was there witnessing everthing first hand. What is good that we saw more from Punisher in this crossover than usually, Iron Odin, Daredevil became Guardian of Bifrost, Fantastic Four was back in action after five years. So a lot events happend and were detailed in tie-ins like Malekith and Venom, Cap. Marvel and New Queen Of Cinders, Spider-Man in Hel, Fall of Ulik and Enchantress, Jane Foster finding Stormbreaker so for those who haven’t read the tie-ins some scenes will be like WTF when did this happen. But it is important to know that this was just too large scale and everything couldn’t be put in 6 issues. And I was thinking about 4/5* or even 3* and ocassionaly thinking is this really what we waited for so long... I wanted all-time classic and than after five years of being unworthy, four years since he lost his arm and a year since Mjolnir was destroyed... He... The Odinson finally lifts Mjolnir once again and ladies and gantleman you can aoute me on this: “Shit was legendary”. I once again must say art is just at its best. I would recommend to you all to read this storyline. 5/5
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  • Mitchell Kukulka
    January 1, 1970
    ”War is War. Giants just take more bullets is all.” Jason Aaron’s Masterclass On How to Write a Great Event Comic® will teach you just three lessons:1. The event should come at the end of a long road of build-up and storylines leading into it, not something thrown together to chase what’s popular.2. Work with one artist who knows the ins and outs of the story being told and the characters populating it so well that they can make every panel into a genuine work of art, and then do it over and ov ”War is War. Giants just take more bullets is all.” Jason Aaron’s Masterclass On How to Write a Great Event Comic® will teach you just three lessons:1. The event should come at the end of a long road of build-up and storylines leading into it, not something thrown together to chase what’s popular.2. Work with one artist who knows the ins and outs of the story being told and the characters populating it so well that they can make every panel into a genuine work of art, and then do it over and over again.3. Find a truly unique premise around which you can build a properly grand story, then swing for the fences and just tell the most epic tale possible.
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  • Nadja
    January 1, 1970
    *read as single issues*I really enjoyed this event. It was mostly one big battle with lots of heroes and all the different realms involved but it was beautifully done. There was a lot of build up for this event and in may opinion it really paid of. The story had some nice twists and even more emotional moments. A lot of characters had their moment to shine. Also the whole book is just absolutely beautiful. The art alone is absolutely worth it.
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  • Josh
    January 1, 1970
    This event is the culmination of 7 years of great Thor comics from Jason Aaron. This event is a bit wacky at times, but it's never boring. War of the Realms is also a massive event with several tie-ins, which are mercifully optional. War of the Realms features beautiful Dauterman art, some corny dialog, and a healthy dose of fun. Worth a read for event junkies and Aaron Thor fans.
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  • Andres Pasten
    January 1, 1970
    Debiera ser un 3.5, ya que esta por sobre otros crossovers de Marvel. Pero la sensación de que no fue tan alto el costo por el tamaña de la guerra, no me deja darle un 4.
  • Mr Osowski
    January 1, 1970
    As a Thor fan, there is no way I couldn't like this. What Aaron has done with Thor is fantastic. Can't wait to read the next (final?) segment in his journey.
  • Billy
    January 1, 1970
    This was a really good series. I liked the coming together of the various Thors at the end.
  • Danielle Robertson Rath
    January 1, 1970
    I read the Jane Foster as Thor series so this mega crossover event has me pumped! Loved the intro, looking forward to how it unfolds.
  • Ian Roditi
    January 1, 1970
    All Hail the All-Father Thor ❤✨Chingonería de evento la verdá ❤ All Hail the All-Father Thor ❤️✨Chingonería de evento la verdá ❤️
  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    A genuinely epic event book from Jason Aaron's Thor corner of the Marvel universe. Lots of fun and gorgeous art!
  • Sebastian
    January 1, 1970
    So much nonsense.
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