Written by: Leah Williams
Art by: Marco Castiello, Rachelle Rosenberg, and VC’s Joe Sabino
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 15, 2019
I really didn’t know what to expect from this series and to be quite honest, didn’t realize it was a War of the Realms tie-in until I picked it up. I was looking forward to it as I am not very familiar with most of the characters in it besides Scott Lang and I was hoping to expand my Marvel knowledge and maybe pick up a couple of new favorites. So, did any of these characters do that and did Leah Williams give us a good War of the Realms side-story? Let’s find out…
The book opens with an odd scene with Scott Lang telling the reader about sleep paralysis and then getting the mission of the book from Lady Freyja. I was expecting the book to kick off with Giant-Man and while I love Scott, the dialogue here went back and forth between it seeming like the two characters never met and like they were old friends. Plus, Scott just agrees to what really sounds like certain death without batting an eye. I guess Williams wanted to just get to the story at hand, but it all felt really rushed and forced.
We then get to meet up with Giant-Man and the rest of the team. Scott and Raz are old buddies and with Goliath and Atlas onboard, we certainly have a “big” team. Their mission to infiltrate the Frost Giant’s new stronghold of Florida and get revenge for Loki’s death in War of the Realms #1 is cool enough, it’s just that Williams gives this issue a very strange focus.
It starts with the team growing large on by one and even though Goliath was spelled out to have a max size of 25 feet, he tries really hard and gets bigger. The scene goes on a bit too long with some shade being thrown his way as some narration boxes tell us he has always been afraid he wasn’t living up to the legacy of his uncle, the original Goliath.
Once up to size, the team puts on some Frost Giant makeup and heads to a Frost Giant marketplace where they try to pass off as giants…until Goliath goes small and almost gets them caught. It’s not spelled out well why he did it and afterward, he fights with Scott who had to think fast so they all didn’t die. It was one of the most forced bits of conflict I’ve read in a long time.
The forced narrative continues when the team’s cover is blown again because Atlas stops to look at some Ice Hounds and they attack. The issue ends with the team with their back against the wall (literally) and no escape in sight.
This issue was such a disappointment for me. Instead of having some fun with new characters, I spent most of the issue rolling my eyes and wondering why this book even exists. Williams may turn it around next issue and show me why, but right now, this one is on the bottom of my pile of War of the Realms books.
The art was okay but was a little bland. I think that was more a result of the wintery locations than anything else, but nothing really stood out here. I also wish there was a bit more scope to the whole giant’s thing, but I guess that’s not so easy when everyone is pretty darn big.
This issue was a “giant” disappointment for me. I didn’t care much for the characters by the end and the story itself was forced and silly and not in a good way. There is obviously still time to turn things around, but this was not the start I was hoping for.