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Avengers #56: Review

May 2022
Jason Aaron, Javier Garron

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The saga of Jane

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4 stars

Avengers #56 Review by (May 27, 2022)
This issue and last have been single-issue tales filling in before the Judgement Day event which their covers proclaim. But there'll be 3 more issues before that, comprising a time-travel tale uniting the Avengers with many past heroes, all or most seemingly previously unknown.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Avengers #56 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
Jane Foster awakens from a recurring dream where a winged white horse calls her name. She's sleeping with her husband Thor in their house on the outskirts of Asgard. Hubby flies off for another day Thunder Goding while wifey stays on the farm. She's never trusted the 2 enormous pigs and the baby 1. So she goes inside to resume her painting hobby. But each time she creates the same picture, a faceless female with golden wings carrying Mjolnir (and we see the golden wings trying to sprout on her back).

Later Thor returns home and tucks into his usual god-sized feast. He tells her that today Loki tried 1 of his schemes again. He was going to kidnap her as bait for a trap, but Thor beat him up. Jane asks if anything happened to Mjolnir because she can't hear its voice in her head, but her husband can't understand why she would expect to. However he seems unsure.

Later she gets up in the middle of the night and goes downstairs to stare at the hammer. Thor follows her and they are both surprised to see her lifting it. She says she felt something was wrong. He tries to laugh it off but she claims that this hammer isn't Mjolnir. And she smashes it to prove it and punches him through the wall. Following on she accuses *him* of being a fake, and he melts to a puddle.

Then the 3 pigs approach her, the big 2 walking on hind legs and the baby floating as the house melts behind them too. They tell Jane she shouldn't have questioned the tempting dream, because now they can do what they want with her. As she fights them they transform into versions of Mephisto.

But then a real Mjolnir lands next to them, blasting the Mephistos with lightning, followed by Jane Foster as Thor. Our Jane says she believes that this Jane-Thor is the real deal, so the newcomer suggests that she don her godly raiment and find where the devils have hidden *her* hammer. But our Jane says she's a Valkyrie not a Thor, and her weapon is Undrjarn, the All-Weapon. And now she can tell where it is so she rips it from within 1 of the large Mephistos. And now she's transformed into Valkyrie.

As the 2 Janes fight the 3 Mephistos our Jane muses on how misjudged her temptation had been. There was a time when being Mrs Thor was all she dreamed of. But since then she's become a doctor, a mother who lost her child, a woman with cancer, a Goddess Of Thunder, an Avenger and a Valkyrie.

The Mephistos retreat from this 'reality', commenting that the Janes are always difficult to break. But this means there'll be more of them to slaughter when Infinity turns red. And 'reality' crumbles around the heroines so they fly away.

Jane-Thor explains that the Mephistos have been setting Temptation Traps for Avengers all over the multiverse. Valkyrie now remembers flying on Mr Horse in search of the missing Ghost Rider/Robbie Reyes. Thor relates what she heard from Avenger Prime in the God Quarry at Infinity's End, that GR has become the All-Rider and he's travelling the multiverse from Earth to Earth in search of Omni-Avengers for AP's army. (We've witnessed this the current Avengers Forever series.)

Val asks if Jane-Thor is from her future. But JT says she's from an alternate reality where the Odinson gave his life to end the War Of The Realms, and so JF continued to be Thor rather than returning Mjolnir to the Odinson and becoming Valkyrie as Jane-616 did. But now she must return to the battle against Doom Supreme and his Multiversal Masters Of Evil who are rewriting the histories of the multiple Earths by wiping out their prehistoric Avengers (as we've seen here in recent issues).

Then Valkyrie returns to Earth-616 to report what happened to the Avengers in their partially-ruined Celestial HQ. Captain Marvel, Iron Man, Nighthawk and this world's Thor are there. Tony Stark relates how Mephisto tried to tempt *him* in a cave in the Stone Age (#31). Jane wonders if *her* temptation wasn't really a life as Mrs Thor, but to make her realise how much she missed wielding Mjolnir.

Javier Garron
Javier Garron
David Curiel
Javier Garron (Cover Penciler)
Javier Garron (Cover Inker)
David Curiel (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Cory Petit.
Editor: Tom Brevoort. Editor-in-chief: C. B. Cebulski.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain Marvel
Captain Marvel

(Carol Danvers)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)


(Jane Foster)

Plus: Nighthawk (of SSOA).

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