Reclaiming Dragonfang With Jane Foster: Valkyrie #2

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

Bullseye has Dragonfang, the sword that once belonged to the Valkyrie Brunnhilde, leader of the Valkyrior. Bullseye used Dragonfang to stab Heimdall in front of Jane Foster, the newest and, currently, only Valkyrie. Jane is furious at seeing this monster hurt her friend, and she is furious that this monster used one of the only remaining vestiges of Brunnhilde to do it. She will stop Bullseye’s rampage no matter what it takes, but can she save Heimdall and Dragonfang? Or must the Valkyrie learn to let go?

Jane Foster: Valkyrie #2 cover by Mahmud Asrar and Matthew Wilson
Jane Foster: Valkyrie #2 cover by Mahmud Asrar and Matthew Wilson

Jane Foster: Valkyrie #2 continues the incredible opening story started in Jane Foster: Valkyrie #1. We get to see Jane break back into the hero scene by taking on one of the world’s deadliest assassins.

It is strange how much Jane seems to innately know about Bullseye, but that’s a small quirk. The comic overall delivers a fantastic battle between Jane and one of Marvel’s most classic villains.

A hero must save lives, and Jane Foster is a hero and a doctor. Stopping Bullseye is secondary to making sure he doesn’t kill anyone else. It’s nice that this comic remembers what heroes are supposed to do.

The fight between Valkyrie and Bullseye is epic for sure, and it runs almost the entire span of the comic. It has multiple stages and arenas, and we get to see Jane use the full suite of her new powers.

Heimdall has a fair amount to do in this comic too, and that’s good. He always was one of the best of the Aesir (outside of Thor of course).

Jane Foster: Valkyrie #2 art by Cafu, Jesus Aburtov, and letterer VC's Joe Sabino
Jane Foster: Valkyrie #2 art by Cafu, Jesus Aburtov, and letterer VC’s Joe Sabino

Cafu knocks it out of the park with a sleek, textured, and heavily detailed style. Each scene of the battle has a lot of weight and impact, and Bullseye gets some frightening portraits in this book. Jesus Aburtov gives the book a powerful color palette that helps each panel explode off the page.

Jane Foster: Valkyrie #2 is a phenomenal follow-up to the great opening issue of this new series. It’s great seeing Jane Foster in the hero game once again, and what better way to start that off than in an epic duel with one of Marvel’s cruelest and most deadly foes? This one definitely gets a recommendation. Give it a read.

Jane Foster: Valkyrie #2 comes to us from writers Jason Aaron and Al Ewing, artist Cafu, color artist Jesus Aburtov, letterer VC’s Joe Sabino, cover artist Mahmud Asrar with Matthew Wilson, and variant cover artist Kim Jacinto with David Curiel.

Final Score: 9/10

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