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The War of the Realms

(War of the Realms (Collected Editions))

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  488 ratings  ·  71 reviews
THE WAR OF THE REALMS is upon us! Malekith, king of the Dark Elves, has been conquering the Ten Realms and now has his sights set on the last one: Earth. And with armies of Frost Giants, Fire Goblins, trolls, angel warriors, Roxxon corporate soldiers, the Enchantress and the prince of lies himself, Loki, at his side, Malekith may just succeed. Asgardia is no more, Old ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published August 27th 2019 by Marvel
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Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It is so great when a comic/book lives up to its name and and hype. To be honest I when the War of the Realms came out I did not really know much about it. I cannot understand why as this is probably the most epic Marvel story in comics. I would put this right up there with Endgame.

Of the 10 Realms 9 have fallen only Earth/Midgard is left, and it is not going down without a fight. All the Avengers and heroes and heroines stand with the survivors of the other Realms. Once again everyone steps up.
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
This is the kind of event I can get behind. It's a culmination of the story Jason Aaron has been writing in Thor for 7 years. The War of the Realms has been going on for the last couple of years across the 10 realms of the world tree and now finally comes to Midgard. It's full of action along with some surprises and some character moments. The characters that get pulled into the book actually make sense and don't feel shoehorned in to force a crossover in their own book.

Russell Dauterman's and
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
"A Hammer doesn't make a Thor, a Thor Makes his Hammer!"

If this is the end of Aaron’s Thor run, then it’s a satisfying one.

Aaron spun many tales and loose ends throughout his fantastic Thor run and they are all answered in this tale.

A satisfying end to a legendary run.
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I had pretty much written this event off because a lot of the pre-War of the Realms stuff I saw was very unimpressive. Much to my surprise, though, this turned out to be a lot of fun. From the first issue to the last, it is just one constant fight with more heroes than you can shake a stick at. Imagine the last battle in Endgame stretched out to a six-issue graphic novel. Bonus points for Spider-Man and Iron Man lightening things up with some pretty funny lines (as an aside: why is Spider-Man's ...more
James DeSantis
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wait, are we really getting two GOOD events in one year? I first read Absolute Carnage and LOVED it. With this being close to the grand finale of Aaron's epic long run on Thor, did it live up to the hype?

Thor has had enough. He is just trying to chill and be a god. But loki comes and lets his brother no it won't be that simple. He needs help. He's badly hurt. BUT IT IS LIES! The dark elf Malekith has plans to conquer all the realms, and his first plan of action is take out Thor, Loki, AND the
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the best Marvel event in years. Probably my favorite. Jason Aaron's story telling along with Russell Dauterman's stunning art was such an enjoyable ride. This team has been building this for years and every book has been constantly better than the last... every issue, tie-in, mini series or on-going has been magnificent. Aaron's Thor years have been amazing and will forever stand out in the history books.
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Doth mine eyes deceive me?! An entire event series with just one dedicated artist? An event with much planning and aforethought? Well, dear me if this isn't the best event series since, uh, Secret Wars. But also it's a great end to a phase of Aaron's Thor run. But the art is great (as is Wilson's colors) too. Lots of great moments of import that have been set up in previous issues. Lots of funny bits as well.
Shannon Appelcline
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, comics-marvel
It feels like the War of the Realms has now dragged on for years, so when Aaron decided to finally kick it into high gear, and encompass the rest of the Marvel Universe, I was ... wary. Especially after the mediocrity of so many big crossovers at Marvel.

So, I was pleasantly surprised to find this is actually good. It does a great job of bringing the War to an end, on Midgard. Thor and Jane both get great parts in the story. So do Freyja and Odin and several other cast members of Thor. The Marvel
Chris Lemmerman
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The culmination of Jason Aaron's Thor run, an event 7 years in the making, finally hits the Marvel Universe as the War Of The Realms comes to Midgard.

War Of The Realms is a summer blockbuster. It's high action, high stakes, character deaths galore (although there's quite a few fake-outs), but it never loses sight of the fact that it's meant to be the end of something, not a springboard for the next Marvel relaunch or status quo, which is a wonderful change. Aaron does his best to catch you up if
Mitchell Kukulka
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
”War is War. Giants just take more bullets is all.”

Jason Aaron’s Masterclass On How to Write a Great Event Comic will teach you just three lessons:

1. The event should come at the end of a long road of build-up and storylines leading into it, not something thrown together to chase what’s popular.

2. Work with one artist who knows the ins and outs of the story being told and the characters populating it so well that they can make every panel into a genuine work of art, and then do it over and
In 2010 the Marvel Event Siege came to an end... that Brian Michael Bendis created event was the last decent event! 9 years on, and another mediocre event (compared to the previous decade).
The Dark Elves and their allied overrun Earth and a shock and battered 9 realms, led by Earth and Asgard have to make their last stand on Earth. Such a huge story should have a devastating impact on Earth (see The Authority, Planetary, The Boys or any other non-Marvel books for what I mean.) There lies the
Dakota Morgan
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
War of the Realms offers an example of exactly what Marvel events should be: action-focused, character-heavy, light on McGuffuns, light on info-dumping. Malekith has arrived on Midgard to conquer the final realm among the ten. A loquacious narrator provides the necessary backstory (although you're really going to want to have read the previous ten or so Thor volumes). Earth's many, many heroes join the battle, with Thor and his Asgardian brethren taking point. Honestly, from front to back, War ...more
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"If only Thor can save the day... Then we simply need more Thors."
Tom Ewing
Oct 18, 2019 rated it liked it
I didn’t think I’d be saying this about a comics event but... this could have been longer. It is what it is - the third act (well, at this point probably the ninth act) of Jason Aaron’s War Of The Realms storyline in Thor, and if it was in an MCU movie it would be the 30 minute battle sequence that’s a succession of cool moments.

Does that work as an event in its own right, or as a payoff to the wider Thor story? I think it falls between two stools a bit. If you haven’t been reading Thor a lot of
Jul 25, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Man this made me mad. This run started off with so much potential. The story grabs you and draws you in for ride in such an awesome manner. As I was reading issues 1-4 I just couldn’t wait for the next book. Then it just lost all its steam in 5 and 6. I mean there was some cool stuff set up at the end that I’m looking forward to, but it’s like Aaron just gave up or stopped caring nearing then end of this. This easily could have been 4.5-5 stars if he had stuck the landing.
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
The quippy dialogue in the early going almost ruined this for me, but I went with the flow and enjoyed it, for the most part. After all the build up, it's nice to finally get this out of the way. Great art throughout, as usual. Russell Dauterman has got to be on the A list after all his Thor-related material.
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
So this is a bit like the Infinity War film in that its mostly bunches of people punching things in various locations, also like Infinity War if you havn't read/seen the surrounding material you might be playing catch-up story wise. I'm just assuming such material exists i read this very much in isolation ;) .

To make another comparison because its lazy and effective... its a bit like Captain America Civil Way in that Civil War is still a Captain America movie despite all the guest stars and this
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
I'm not sure that this one is a 5-star event on its own, but I had a blast reading it, and as the culmination of Aaron's 6 or 7 years on Thor, it worked well (yes, it wraps up the Malekith stuff, but it goes the whole way back to the start of the run). As an action sequence, I imagine it works well as a standalone story, but it makes sense to read the Thor volumes interspersed (and probably it's even better to read more of the tie-ins, but I haven't).

As a sidenote: it doesn't contain The War of
Billy Jepma
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, 2019
Jason Aaron is one of my favorite writers in comics, and Russel Dauterman is one of my favorite artists out there. As you can imagine, I was very excited to see them reunite for the "War of the Realms" event that Aaron has been building toward over the last several years. However, I'm usually very wary of event comics, so my excitement for this series was tempered with the nagging fear that it would miss the mark.

Thankfully, it didn't. Not at all. While it doesn't hit quite as hard as it wants
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Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
To be fair, I haven't read Aaron's run on Thor since the very beginning, which means none of the lead-up to this crossover with all of the drama and suspense I presume were in the story, weren't there for me. I like Aaron's writing in general, but this felt shallow, mostly action sequences filled with those shocking moments that you never thought would happen.

Despite that, there were a couple parts that were cool to see, but in the end, it just didn't create much of a connection. It does change
Pyramids Ubiquitous
I'm very much ready for Aaron's run with Thor to be over. It started out phenomenally, but additional volumes show only that it was a one-off success. In The War of the Realms, a wide variety of Marvel characters are assembled and fused and pitted against each other, and this is passed off as a story. It might make for a fun video game, but it was completely unengaging to read. What's also frustrating is that Jane Foster is incredibly relevant here for no apparent reason. It would be more ...more
Nicole Westen
I think what I like the most was how pretty much everyone kept on asking Wolverine 'Weren't you dead'. Also how the Punisher isn't phased by giants and supernatural creatures invading New York, he's just upset he didn't bring bigger guns.
Although part of me does wonder, why did Malekith brought Odin and Freya to Stonehenge in England. I think one of the many Stone Ship sites through out Scandinavia. It would make more sense, thematically. Although I guess Marvel isn't too keen on sticking with
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: superhumans, comics
Begins strong and ends strong, and is clearly the culmination of years of work. The middle gets a little foggy. There's just so much going on that a lot of important things have to be shunted off to the tie in books, which makes this volume by itself feel incomplete. This event is an excellent candidate for one of those giant, all in one event collections. If you've been reading Thor for the last few years, you'll be quite satisfied, and if you haven't, this is your cue to start.
Daniel Butcher
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: marvel
It really feels like a payoff to the years of Aaron's run going back to Marvel NOW. in many ways is a lot of punching.
Jan 05, 2020 rated it liked it
The last three issues of The War of the Realms provide a somewhat satisfying near-conclusion to Jason Aaron's run, but largely this is another disjointed and bloated comic crossover. I find Aaron's storytelling is best when he explores personal dilemmas, which unfortunately isn't showcased here as Marvel tries to cram in too many different stories into a chaotic and loud six issues. I read this alongside Thor vol. 3 as this crossover is supported by numerous tie-ins, but even with Aaron writing ...more
Gilles Verplanken
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Best run ever! EVER!
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
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Peter Derk
Nov 23, 2019 rated it liked it
This had nice little character moments here and there, but it had the problems most crossovers have:

1. There Are Weird Properties That Need Promo
Some of the characters made sense, but others only seem to be there because there's a Netflix or a Hulu or a whatever coming up for them.

2. The Pieces Don't Fit
Sometimes it's like Captain Marvel can blow a planet in half with a flip of her alt hairstyle, and sometimes a fairly large giant can give her a run for her money. So which is it?

3. The Weird
Adam Fisher
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
One of the huge events of 2019 in the Marvel Universe is here. Building up in the pages of Thor and several other titles, War of the Realms is the culmination of the 10 realms fighting against Malekith and all his minions. The battles are epic, the story is well written, and the art works well for what the story is telling.
Aftermath highlights (spoilers):
- Odin bows down and proclaims Thor the new All-Father.
- Thor united his past and future selves to win the war, and by surrendering the last
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Jason Aaron grew up in a small town in Alabama. His cousin, Gustav Hasford, who wrote the semi-autobiographical novel The Short-Timers, on which the feature film Full Metal Jacket was based, was a large influence on Aaron. Aaron decided he wanted to write comics as a child, and though his father was skeptical when Aaron informed him of this aspiration, his mother took Aaron to drug stores, where ...more

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