Riding Into Jotunheim With War Of The Realms Strikeforce: The Land Of Giants #1

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

Spider-Man, Captain America, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Wolverine have been tasked with saving Thor from the realm of giants, Jotunheim. Thor is the only hope of Midgard and the other Nine Realms to survive Malekith’s War of the Realms. Understandably, Spider-Man feels desperately out of his depth, but Captain America has a way of inspiring hope. The Frost Giants won’t let Thor go without a fight, but these five heroes are more than ready to give them one.

War of the Realms Strikeforce: The Land of Giants #1 cover by Jorge Molina
War of the Realms Strikeforce: The Land of Giants #1 cover by Jorge Molina

War of the Realms Strikeforce: Land of Giants #1 quickly proves itself to be the best of the Strikeforce tie-ins. With an adventurous spirit and a strong sense of humor, Land of Giants #1 is easily the most fun and cohesive comic to come out of the War of the Realms Strikeforce comics.

Spider-Man is our POV character for the comic, which is a sensible choice. He’s arguably the most grounded character out of these five (except, perhaps, for Luke Cage), so he’s the best one to show how scary and alien all of this is for the average person.

Each of our leads gets a chance to show off their personality and powers, from Cap tauting the effectiveness of shields to Spider-Man to Luke Cage discovering what happens when you combine a Frost Giant’s head with the Hammer of Roc.

There’s also a talking horse, and…I can’t really articulate how much that adds to this comic–you’ll just have to see for yourself on that one.

War of the Realms Strikeforce: The Land of Giants #1 art by Jorge Molina, Adriano di Benedetto, David Curiel, and letterer VC's Joe Sabino
War of the Realms Strikeforce: The Land of Giants #1 art by Jorge Molina, Adriano di Benedetto, David Curiel, and letterer VC’s Joe Sabino

Jorge Molina’s artwork keeps the book well-detailed and appealing while never making things so dower as to take the fun away. Land of Giants definitely has its serious moments, which Molina renders well, but the comic and its style definitely aim to give us a touch of levity at the heart of this tale. David Curiel gives the book a vibrant and mystical color palette to boot, which really brings the aesthetic together.

War of the Realms Strikeforce: Land of Giants #1 brings the reader fun and high adventure as this cast of New Avengers reunite to save the God of Thunder from Jotunheim. It’s fast-moving, funny, and looks great. This one gets a recommendation for sure. Feel free to give it a read.

War of the Realms Strikeforce: Land of Giants #1 comes to us from writer Tom Taylor, artist and cover artist Jorge Molina, inker Adriano di Benedetto, color artist David Curiel, letterer VC’s Joe Sabino, and variant cover artist Cully Hamner with Morry Hollowell.

Final Score: 8.5/10

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