Writer: Al Ewing & Jason Aaron
Art: CAFU, Jesus Aburtov
Release Date: November 27th, 2019
Jason Aaron and Al Ewing finally pull it all together and give us a satisfying conclusion to the first arc- Jane Foster uses her very human powers of compassion to best Mephisto’s appointed Grim Reaper, and earn some superhero street cred along the way. How did it all go down? Let’s take a look.
Mephisto’s very good at writing one sided contracts, and it’s currently his Grim Reaper in a race with Valkyrie to see who gets to be the one to ferry the dead to rest. The Reaper has Dr. Strange in a a mirror and is on his way to take him to the underworld- Jane tries to stop him, but for the first time her extremely convenient “All-Weapon” doesn’t work, and I’m fact The Reaper causes her some kind of painful feedback when she uses it. Looks like she’s going to have to find some other way to stop him!
Grim Reaper beats the retreat, and Jane and her Sassy, jive talking steed chase after them. Dr. Riggs and Damage control (in a very cool Easter Egg) follow in Black Knight’s flying “Atomic Steed” and remind Jane her real power is her humanity- The Reaper is just misguided, and I’m a twisted way sees himself as a hero. A dead hero? Sounds like A recipe for Valhalla to me! Jane carries him to Valhalla, where he must endure a life time of drinking, carousing and telling tall tales. The Humanity Of it all!
All’s well that ends well, she frees Dr Strange and Mephisto is foiled again, and Jane rides off in the metaphorical sunset.
Thoughts: While this book started a bit average, it really reached a satisfying conclusion as the convenient “All Weapon” is nullified I’m the climactic fight, and it’s always nice to see the hero have to use their brain and not their fists to beat the bad guy. The Art is superb, very detailed, and great colours and separations. It’s nice to see Jane both get some respect from an A list hero, and make a pretty significant enemy with Mephisto. For the first time with this book I’m eager to see where the next issue takes us.