Writer: Jason Aaron and Al Ewing
Art: CAFU, Jesus Aburtov, VC’s Joe Sabino, Mahmud Asrar, and Matthew Wilson
Release Date: August 21, 2019
It’s two Asgardians, one of whom has an enchanted magical weapon against a mortal Bullseye, who himself happens to have an enchanted magical weapon PLUS a flying horse! Will Jane stop Bullseye, or will she be taking a trip to Valhalla herself? Let’s check it out!
We waste no time jumping into the action! Bullseye has ran Heimdall through with Dragonfang, sword of Brunhilde the Valkyrie. Jane and Bullseye fight – magical weapon vs magical weapon. Essentially, that’s the bulk of what happens this issue! Bullseye has plans to go all psychopath and murder a bunch of civilians after he dispatched Jane. Heimdall recovers and seemingly shatters Bullseye’s jaw before Bullseye runs him through… again, then in a trademark Norman Osborn move, kicks Heimdall off a ledge before he’s saved by Jane’s magical (and largely unpronounceable weapon the undrjarn). Turns out it’s not just transforming weapon, it can be literally anything it needs to be! This issue we see it as a heavy mace, wings, a morning star, a lasso. It’s a pretty handy device. Jane saves Heimdall from his fall, to learn that Magic steel and spells aren’t what makes the sword special, and sometimes as the Valkyrie to have to let go. She does her best Iron Fist impression and punches the sword to bits, before finally subduing Bullseye. It was the last sword of Brunhilde the Valkyrie, now it will always be.
It’s not all sunshine and teachable lesson though… Heimdall is actually dying! No time for Valhalla, they are heading off on a Journey into Mystery! What could that mean? Looks like we’ll find out next issue.
This issue moves FAST. There’s enough things happening that it never becomes a boring slog fest, especially as we see Jane coming to grips with the duty of being the Valkyrie and how sometimes sacrifice is necessary for her new role. Some of the interior monologuing falls a bit flat, but the art is fantastic and my word Bullseye looks as creepy and psychotic as I’ve ever seen him. The ending takes you completely by surprise, and while this series so far isn’t a home run, i’m still intrigued to see where we go from here.