War Of The Realms Strikeforce: The Dark Elf Realm #1 Review

Written by: Bryan Hill
Art by: Lenil Francis Yu, Gerry Alanguilan, Matt Hollingsworth, and VC’s Joe Sabino
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: May 1, 2019

This War of the Realms issue has two big things going for it…Bryan Hill writing it and She-Hulk being in it. Two of my favorites rolled into one issue that pretty much screams “Badass” just by looking at the cover. So, is this a good read and/or an essential book in the whole War of the Realms scheme of things? Let’s find out…

The issue opens with Freyja getting her team together after the Battle of New York and if you’ve read this week’s War of the Realms #3 already (and you should have!), then you already know who is going to be involved. Bryan Hill fills in the cracks, however, with some character moments and flavor that I enjoyed enough. We start with Frank Castle and after finding out he’s be a real hit in Asgard, we move on to the rest of the Strikeforce…Ghost Rider, She-Hulk and Blade. Like I said earlier, pretty badass!

The main purpose of the issue seems to just set up the group and get them up to speed on what is currently happening in the WOR. To do that, Hill sets up a simple scenerio…Freyja asks them if they want to join her in taking the Black Bifrost from Malekith and when they agree, she puts them through a test to see what makes them tick. It’s pretty cool to see who and what each character has to fight and if you’re a She-Hulk fan, this is the most and best Jenn we’ve gotten since at least Fresh Start began.

Lenil Francis Yu’s art grew on me as the issue progressed. I think that once the pace of the issue picked up, it came across a lot better than the first glances I got when I first opened the issue. By the end, I was sold.

This is an oversized #1 and I think that is this issue’s biggest downfall. Hill tells a really cool and tight twenty-two-page story and while I liked as we continue on with Freyja and Frank talking about war and vengeance changing someone, it did feel a little tacked on to fill a mandated page count. It does round out the character work of the issue so I am not going to complain too much. After saying all that, the issue ends pretty much where we see the team in War of the Realms #3 an I’ll admit it, I wanted more after the cliffhanger.

This is a setup issue for the Freyja Strikeforce team. We get the team, learn a bit about them and send them on their way. Your mileage may vary depending on whether you like the characters in the book…I like them so I am in. Is it an esential WOR read? Not yet, but it’s a cool setup with cool characters and you can do a lot worse with some of these other tie-ins.

Final Thoughts:

While not an essential read just yet, this was a fun setup of a team that I am already loving. The art is good and even if you aren’t reading every War of the Realm book, I suggest at least checking out this first issue.


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