[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
The War of the Realms is over, but that doesn’t mean the turmoil has ceased. That certainly doesn’t mean there’s peace now, least of all for Daredevil, the recent God Without Fear. He sits atop a Hell’s Kitchen church, and he is found by Heimdall. Matt gives the Aesir his sword back, and Heimdall looks to ease Daredevil’s longing with visions of what’s to come from across the Ten Realms. Jane Foster mourns the Valkyrie and wonders who shall shepherd the dead to Valhalla, Loki is the new king of Jotunheim and has grand plans for the realms, and the Punisher seeks to bring ruin to those remaining who perpetrated this war…no matter where it takes him.
War of the Realms Omega #1 peers at some of what’s to come in the shadow of the War, particularly Jane Foster: Valkyrie, Loki, and Punisher: Kill Krew, all of which will be hitting store shelves soon.
In that way, it feels like a paid advertisement for those series, and I’m not a fan of that practice. You could charitably call it a teaser, and you wouldn’t exactly be wrong I suppose.
That said, is it still an entertaining read? Yes, it is. The frame narrative of Daredevil longing for lost godhood while still feeling guilt for that is touching and emotional. Heimdall’s attempts to quell Matt’s inner turmoil is endearing. I’m personally excited for Jane Foster: Valkyrie, and Jane’s section of this comic did seem quite good. Loki’s story is alright, though it doesn’t explain very much. Frank Castle’s section of the book is damn good and intriguing, aided by the excellent art of Juan Ferreyra.
Of course, Ferreyra isn’t the only visual talent on the book. Ron Garney, Cafu, and Oscar Bazaldua cover the Daredevil, Jane Foster, and Loki sections respectfully, and that’s quite a lineup. Each section looks great and suits the tone of the story they seek to tell, and colorists Matt Milla, Jesus Aburtov, and David Curiel contribute top-notch color art.
Despite being something of a paid ad/teaser, War of the Realms Omega #1 does provide a solid read that lays out the framework of series to come. These books look to be going in interesting directions, and the artists showcase their talents quite well here. As such, War of the Realms Omega #1 does get a recommendation. Feel free to pick it up.
War of the Realms Omega #1 comes to us from writers Jason Aaron, Al Ewing, Daniel Kibblesmith, and Gerry Duggan, artists Ron Garney, Cafu, Oscar Bazaldua, and Juan Ferreyra, color artists Matt Milla, Jesus Aburtov, David Curiel, and Juan Ferreyra, letterers VC’s Joe Sabino, Clayton Cowles, and Cory Petit, cover artist Phil Noto, and variant cover artists Ron Garney with Matt Milla and David Yardin with Rachelle Rosenberg.
Final Score: 6.5/10