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War of the Realms: War Scrolls #1: Review

Apr 2019
Jason Aaron, Andrea Sorrentino

Story Name:

The God Without Fear: Part One

Review & Comments

Rating:
4 stars

War of the Realms: War Scrolls #1 Review by (April 17, 2019)

Review: A collection of shorter pieces spotlighting minor characters in the War of the Realms is a pretty nice endeavor: DD's tale is suitably gloomy, Warriors Three more lighthearted and funny, Wolverine's optimistic (!), Howard's just silly and a bit vulgar. All is cool. PS Check out Nightcat, a failed project by Stan Lee, it's a hoot.

Comments: “Note: Read WAR OF THE REALMS #2 before this issue.” The Daredevil tale follows from WOTR #1 and the origin of his powers will be in WOTR #3, the Warriors Three story corresponds with page 1. Iron Man and Captain Marvel have cameos in the Warriors Three tale, as do a Nightcat record album and a stuffed Howard the Duck doll (both in the trash). Wolverine tale has cameos by the Warriors Four, Captain America, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, and Dr Strange. Howard's story has a cameo by Hellcat.





 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

War of the Realms: War Scrolls #1 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Years ago, Daredevil met Thor and tried to reconcile Thor's divine status and his own Catholic faith. Days ago, the forces of Malekith invaded Manhattan and a helicopter carrying Mayor Wilson “Kingpin” Fisk was brought down by a Frost Giant. Now refugees are praying for deliverance in a church besieged by giants; Daredevil arrives with the powers of Heimdall to hear all ten realms and he fights off the giants with Heimdall's sword—though he doesn't know if that makes him a god. Among the rescued is an aide to Wilson Fisk; DD asks him what happened to Fisk. Answer: he is a prisoner of Malekith, under watch by Kurse. Malekith wants to know how to break Daredevil; Fisk just laughs....

“The Warriors Three (or Four)”

Writer: Josh Trujillo. Art: Ricardo Lopez Ortiz. Colors: Felipe Sobreiro.

Synopsis: As the War of the Realms consumes New York City, the Warriors Three, specifically Hogun and Fandral carrying an injured Volstagg to safety toward Dr. Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum; they are led by Hildegarde who resists being included in their number. They encounter a Frost Giant; Hildegarde and Fandral attack, leaving Hogun to deposit the comatose Volstagg in a dumpster for safety. As they engage the giant, Cloak and Dagger appear and Cloak absorbs the monster into the Darkforce. The two teams introduce themselves, with Fandral hitting on Dagger, and, getting directions to Strange's home, they part—and discover that Volstagg is no longer in the dumpster. They find the sleeping hero has crawled to a hot dog stand and eaten his way through, vanquishing a couple of Dark Elves in the process. They arrive at the Sanctum Sanctorum where Hildegarde presents the group to Jane Foster as The Warriors Four.

“Nice Shot, Frank”

Writer: Ram V. Art: Cafu. Colors: Brian Reber.

Synopsis: A frantic mother arrives at the Sanctum Sanctorum to be met by Jane Foster. Her kids Jae and Chris arrive with a tale about how they helped Wolverine defeat the bad guys: trapped in an alley by Dark Elves, they were rescued by Logan who cut through the baddies and when a troll came up behind Logan, Jae threw a rock, hitting it in the head and killing it. Logan tells them that “as long as we're still fightin' for each other, even when we're scared, we'll be okay.” The refugees are then teleported to Avengers Mountain. Back in the alley, we find it was Punisher's shot that killed the troll and they joke around as they head off into battle.

“Waugh of the Realms”

Writer: Chip Zdarsky. Art: Joe Quinones with an ink assist from Joe Rivera. Colors: Rico Renzi.

Synopsis: Private eye Howard the Duck Duckson takes the job of locating a missing dog in a Manhattan overrun by monsters. He takes Tara Tam, “Aunt" May Parker, and Biggs the cyborg cat to the dog park Mitzie loves; the place is crawling with Frost Giants who are using the place as a toilet. Tara shapeshifts into a giant to distract them while May calls the dog—which, having rolled in giant poop, comes. Later, Howard has to pay May to have her car cleaned.


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Andrea Sorrentino
Andrea Sorrentino
Matthew Wilson
Arthur Adams (Cover Penciler)
Arthur Adams (Cover Inker)
Matthew Wilson (Cover Colorist)


Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Daredevil
Daredevil

(Matt Murdock)
Kingpin
Kingpin

(Wilson Fisk)
Punisher
Punisher

(Frank Castle)
Thor
Thor

(Odinson)
Thor
Thor

(Jane Foster)
Warriors Three
Warriors Three

(Fandral, Hogun, Volstagg)
Wolverine
Wolverine

(James Howlett)

Plus: Biggs, Cloak, Dagger, Hildegarde (Hildegarde), Howard the Duck, Kurse, Malekith, May Parker (Aunt May), Tara Tam.