Valkyrie: Jane Foster #8
ODE TO THE DEATH OF MIDGARD! When Earth erupts with a cancerous contagion, it’s up to Jane to find the cure. But it’ll take more than her medical knowledge to fight off this infection. The source is buried deep in Asgardian legend — the sort only a king would know. Valkyrie finally joins forces with the All-Father of Asgard in a fight for the entire planet!
Valkyrie: Jane Foster #8 marks a change of writer as Jason Aaron now shares scribe duties with Norwegian writer Torunn Grønbekk. But if you are worried about things slowing down for Jane without Al Ewing around, it’s actually the opposite. The issue hits the ground running with but a few panels of coffee and chat with my favorite supporting cast member Lisa, before the world seems to be ending again.
Once the action starts flowing it doesn’t stop, marking appearances of Dr. Strange, Captain America, Thor, Spider-Man, Iron Man (over comms) and Horse, of course. The new threat is made to feel real, an invasion of unspeakable horrors from the ground below that comes complete with a background of Thor’s childhood horror tales. So much seems to be happening that requires Valkyrie that it’s easy to forget that our heroine no longer seems able to be Jane Foster.
The art is beautiful, which is exactly what I have come to expect from CAFU who is back in this issue. Jesus Arbutov on colors does an amazing job as common thread between CAFU and Pere Perez from the last two issues. The subtle details they create, from a sense of texture to the transformations of Undrjarn to the faint wisps of Jane’s breath when she senses that something is wrong, really drive home a realistic feel to the art. Which is beautiful when we’re talking about Mr. Horse and very gross when we are talking about veiny, nightmarish, creatures of darkness.
Valkyrie Jane Foster #8 delivers an adrenaline filled launch to the next arc in Valkyries tale. While I would likely buy textless art books if they were done by CAFU and Aburtov, the writing team brings their A game as well. My only complaint is there was not nearly enough Horse and Spidey antics in this issue. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a spin-off.
Valkyrie: Jane Foster #8: Old Friends, Older Threats
Writing - 8.5/108.5/10
Storyline - 8/108/10
Art - 10/1010/10
Color - 10/1010/10
Cover Art - 7.5/107.5/10
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