Forst, can we say how stunningly beautiful The Mighty Valkyries #1 is as a comic book? Mattia De Iulis' artwork. Running through the various worlds of Asgard, with a style somewhere between Alex Ross and Esad Ribic, creating character, space and detail that can be pored over at length. From the fantastical…
…to the more mundane, but still full of life, energy and action, even in the quieter moments.
And then the not-so-quiet moments. The Mighty Valkyries is quite the comic book launch from Marvel this year.
And as well as the main feature, Jason Aaron and Torunn Gronbekk also write a back-up strip drawn by Erica D'Urso, exploring the Valkyrie with no name who had been appearing in the King In Black series Return Of The Valkyries. And who appeared to have been modelled on the Valkyrie character played by Thompson in Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame. And, for the first time, naming her.
Who is Runa? In the poem Völundarkviða, that is one name for Ölrun, identified as a valkyrie, and as a daughter of Kiár of Valland. Also known as Olrun the Wise, and her name is meant to be a mystery to be uncovered. Well… here it is…
MIGHTY VALKYRIES #1 (OF 5)
(W) Jason Aaron, Torunn Gronbekk (A) Erica D'Urso (A/CA) Mattia De Iulis
JANE FOSTER GETS A FRESH START – AND ALLIES BOTH NEW AND OLD!
Jane Foster believed she was the only Valkyrie left – but the fight against Knull, the King in Black, proved her wrong. Now the Valkyries must redefine their roles in a changing world – and Asgard's not going to make it easy. When Loki comes to Jane with rumors of a beast stalking the souls of Midgard, she leaps into action – but she's not the only one after the strange wolf's hide. She'll need backup…but her ancient coworker has other priorities. Years ago, the warrior made a promise to a woman she loved. And now, it's time to follow through. Get the real story behind the Marvel Universe's newest star – and don't miss the start of an all-new epic adventure from powerhouses Jason Aaron, Torunn Gronbekk and Mattia de Iulis! Rated T+In Shops: Apr 21, 2021 SRP: $4.99
I bought my copy from Piranha Comics in Kingston-Upon-Thames. Piranha Comics is a small south London comic store chain with a small south-east store in Kingston-Upon Thames's market centre, and a larger south-west store in Bromley, with an extensive back issue collection and online store. With a new store planned for Watford, if you are in the neighbourhood, check them out.