Return of the Valkyries #1 review – Fight for the soul of The Sentry

February 11, 2021
Louie Fecou 0
Comics
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Summary

All in all, this seems a competent entry for Knull fans, Thor fans, Sentry fans, and Valkyrie fans — hopefully, they will all pick a copy up.

3

Summary

All in all, this seems a competent entry for Knull fans, Thor fans, Sentry fans, and Valkyrie fans — hopefully, they will all pick a copy up.

This review of Return of the Valkyries #1 contains some minor spoilers.


Knull is on Earth and has an army of symbiote dragons causing all kinds of hullaballoo. He is overrunning the planet, and all of Earth’s champions are powerless to stop him. One of the fallen is The Sentry, one of the most powerful beings in the universe, and this is the jumping on point for Return of the Valkyries #1.

Dr. Jane Foster is the last of the legendary warrior goddesses who help the souls of the dead into Valhalla. However, if Knull has his way, the place could get pretty busy, so Jane has a hectic schedule ahead of her, but first thing’s first, she has to see to The Sentry.

This crossover is written by Jason Aaron and Torunn Gronbekk, with the art falling to Nina Vakueva. We open with Jane visiting Sentry and allowing him to explain how he ended up in the current situation he is in. It is pretty much covered in King In Black #1, but the exposition gets the reader up to speed with previous events.

Then we are pretty much into the issue with the everyday events of these types of celestial beings, and the trials and tribulations they face.

To be honest, I don’t know much about the history of The Valkyries or their position within the Marvel Universe, so a lot of the action in this book went over my head. Perhaps it deserves a closer look from me, but after first reading, it’s safe to say that it certainly zips along at a fair pace. There are a few action pieces, with flying horses and Jane launching herself into battle, wielding Undrjarn The All Weapon, but I’m afraid this type of adventure is not really my cup of tea.

However, I know that there are many fans of Thor, and the lore that follows him, out there, so I imagine that there will be fans of this type of fantasy adventure out there that should enjoy this.

With The King In Black encompassing the Marvel Universe, this tie-in will provide an extra layer for completists that want to follow the whole story.

The art seems to fit the script, and there are some nice sweeping vistas of our characters in action, but the white void they are free falling in means the art team gets to miss out on backgrounds, and the colorist is left with some wide-open whites, but nothing to put in them.

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