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War of the Realms: War Scrolls #2: Review

May 2019
Jason Aaron, Andrea Sorrentino

Story Name:

The God Without Fear: Part Two

Review & Comments

Rating:
3.5 stars

War of the Realms: War Scrolls #2 Review by (May 29, 2019)

Review: Story One: Daredevil versus Kingpin? Ehhh, seen it all before. Wait, they both have godlike powers? Now that I've gotta see. A new slant on a familiar tale makes for exciting reading and makes up for the other two tales with Dr Strange largely engaging Nightmare in an annoying battle of wits and Loki uncharacteristically crying into his beer with Wiccan telling him to man up. Both are okay and touch on some serious issue (Strange wants to be freed of worry and Loki of guilt) but just miss being great.

Comments: DD story follows part one in the previous issue. The Dr Strange tale takes place after the heroes are transported to Avengers Mountain in WOTR #2. Wiccan and Hulkling's story occurs a few days before the invasion begins in WOTR #1. The dancer in the third tale is named Krystal M'Kraan, a variation on the name of a Shi'ar McGuffin.





 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

War of the Realms: War Scrolls #2 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Daredevil recalls an incident years ago in which he captured a cannibalistic serial killer named Stanley Sean Sugarwill; DD needed to pray that he wouldn't kill Stanley while beating him to a pulp....

Malekith has Kurse beating Kingpin to force him to tell how to defeat Daredevil. Fisk offers to kill DD himself and soon Dark Elves are burning down churches in New York to bring Daredevil, the God without Fear, on the run. Wilson Fisk appears, strength boosted and wielding a giant hammer; the two smash at each other with inhuman might, laying waste part of the city. Some Frost Giants arrive and one goes to step on DD; Fisk swing his hammer and destroys the monster. Then DD realizes: a Roxxon news copter is filming this and Wilson Fisk looks like the hero fighting for the city....

Malekith learns that Fisk is not going to kill Daredevil and so his Dark Elves take disabled children hostage to draw DD to him for his destruction....

“Agency”

Writer: Devin Grayson. Art: Paul Davidson. Colors: Andres Mossa.

Synopsis: At Avengers Mountain among the refugees, Doctor Strange is in a trance; turns out he's actually removing various ugly creatures like temporal ghasts from Eternity. A little girl gives him her stuffed rabbit as he is about to go to sleep to face another enemy: it's Nightmare, who believes that Dr Strange's worry is what will ensure his victory in the coming invasion. Strange, however, smiles; the foe has helped him articulate his concerns and to realize that his miscast spell teleporting the heroes to the refuge was really a concern for the refugees' safety rather than his own. He chains Nightmare and wakes up, ready for action once more.

Captain Marvel, Iron Fist, and Black Panther also appear in the story.

“My Drag Brunch With Loki”

Writer: Anthony Oliviera. Art: Nick Robles. Colors: Cris Peters.

Synopsis: Centuries ago in Asgard: child Loki turned Thor into a bear cub and wanted to know why Odin's helmet had horns. Freyja tells him it is to show the world what a hero looks like. Loki restores Thor to his rightful form and vows to be a hero someday....

Now: While Hulkling stays home to watch TV, Wiccan meets their pal Kate Bishop at a drag club for brunch. Kate wants to talk about their problems with Loki and if they are being too hard on him. When Wiccan is contacted by Hulkling that Kate is still in California, he realizes he is sitting with a disguised Loki. Wiccan divines that Loki wants to know if he can ever be forgiven. Wiccan cuts though Loki's self-justification to tell him that there will be a reckoning but that there are people who care about him, including himself. [A few days later Wiccan and Hulkling see Loki eaten by his father Laufey.] Wiccan leaves and a couple of kids ask Loki if he is the devil with the horns on his helmet. He replies, “Sometimes.”


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Andrea Sorrentino
Andrea Sorrentino
Matthew Wilson
Alan Davis (Cover Penciler)
Mark Farmer (Cover Inker)
Matt Hollingsworth (Cover Colorist)


Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Black Panther
Black Panther

(T'Challa)
Captain Marvel
Captain Marvel

(Carol Danvers)
Daredevil
Daredevil

(Matt Murdock)
Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange

(Stephen Strange)
Freyja
Freyja

(Frigga)
Iron Fist
Iron Fist

(Danny Rand)
Loki
Loki

(Loki Laufeyson)
Thor
Thor

(Odinson)

Plus: Eternity, Kurse, Malekith, Wiccan.