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War of the Realms #5: Review

Jun 2019
Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman

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Chapter Five: The World Tree is Burning

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4 stars

War of the Realms #5 Review by (June 5, 2019)

Review: The issue has a massive sweep, showing us the entire War for Midgard in several scenes, which will be fleshed out by various tie-ins. Meanwhile, writing a synopsis consists largely of listing the names fighting in each place and hoping I didn't miss anyone important. It makes for a nice penultimate chapter built around Thor's sacrifice to gain the wisdom that presumably whups Mal and the baddies in the climax.

Comments: That giant Panther on the cover does not appear in the issue. Issue includes a map of Earth divided up among the conquerors, Giuseppe Camuncoli and Elia Bonetti's variant covers for the series, a list of June issues in the event, and an ad for the forthcoming THE ART OF THE WAR OF THE REALMS.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

War of the Realms #5 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Daredevil, the God Without Fear, takes Thor out to the sun where they find the World Tree growing; the Thunder God is to be nailed to the tree so that he discovers wisdom, the wisdom he needs to defeat Malekith, as his father Odin once did....


In Wakanda, Black Panther, Okoye and the Dora Milaje, backed up by Angela, Sif, Hidegarde, and Punisher leading the Light Elves who are packing automatic weapons, take on the Angels of Heven....

Montevideo, Uruguay: Amora the Enchantress has raised the dead to fight for her but Ghost Rider with Doctor Strange and Balder the Brave driving Hell Charger and Spider-Man leading the Spiders of Hel fight back....

In Australia, She-Hulk and Ulik are trading punches, backed by Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Deadpool against the trolls....

In Antarctica, the Vanir, joined by Ka-Zar, Blade, and Gorilla-Man (with the Agents of Wakanda) invade Roxxon HQ versus the BERSERKER Squad, as Jane Foster and Roz Solomon take on Dario Agger, the Minotaur....

Heimdall hears the screams of agony Thor lets loose on the World Tree....

Shanghai: Captain Marvel versus Sindr Queen of Ashes as Wolverine joins Hogun and Fandral to complete the new Warriors Three....

Volvograd has the Light Elves teaming with the Winter Guard....

In the Sinai Desert, Hercules and Moon Knight battle the forces of Hel....

In Manhattan, Iron Man leads War Machine Dwarves against the Frost Giants, as the Fantastic Four takes on their King Laufey....

In London, Captain Britain is joined by Captain America and Thori with the Destroyer, powered by Volstagg, punching out Kurse....

But what of Malekith? He is in a magically-protected Stonehenge, with Odin and Freyja Thor suffers on the tree, Jane Foster decides that there is a need for another Thor...and she picks up War Thor's hammer and transforms....

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Russell Dauterman
Russell Dauterman
Matthew Wilson
Arthur Adams (Cover Penciler)
Arthur Adams (Cover Inker)
Matthew Wilson (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Black Panther
Black Panther


(Matt Murdock)
Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange

(Stephen Strange)
Iron Fist
Iron Fist

(Danny Rand)
Luke Cage
Luke Cage

(Power Man)

(Frank Castle)

(Jennifer Walters)

(Peter Parker)


Plus: Balder (Balder the Brave), Dario Agger (Minotaur), Ghost Rider (Robbie Reyes), Gorilla-Man, Jane Foster, Okoye, Roz Solomon, Sif, Ulik.