When one of your superheroic roles is to defend the dead, it’s going to put you face to face with some very particular death-obsessed enemies. Jane Foster has already encountered one, and in Valkyrie: Jane Foster #4 she faces another who might be more than her match…
Jason Aaron, Al Ewing, Cafu, Jesus Abuterov, and Joe Sabino puts Valkyrie face to face against the Grim Reaper, but his motives might be even more horrifying.
Jane is still coping with the changes and upheavals in her life. The stress of it all leads to her to take an afternoon off to track down Annabelle Riggs, ex-girlfriend of the late Valkyrie Brunnhilde. Unfortunately, she’s not the only one looking for Doctor Riggs, and things get a little grim and a lot strange.
Aaron and Ewing wrap some out there mythical ideas in the package of a fairly standard superhero story. On the surface, it’s a fairly standard superhero dust-up, and you can read it simply as that if you wanted to. However, they fill the story with high concepts, strange characters, and fun callbacks. It’s a dense and fulfilling story that’s deceptively simple on first read.
Cafu shows his range across the issue, but the real strong suit is in his character work. His Mephisto is slimy and creepy, reinforcing the script’s take on him as the ultimate powerbroker. Though the Grim Reaper is fairly standard in his design, he throws in multiple small details and flourishes that transform him into a much scarier character. Add in very solid action, and some fantastic splash pages, and color art from Abuterov that really brings the story to life, it’s a great looking issue.
Jane is starting to find her superheroic groove, but this series is firing on all cylinders already.
Valkyrie: Jane Foster #4 is available now from Marvel Comics.