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Valkyrie: Jane Foster #7: Review

Jan 2020
?, Pere Perez

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Strange Aeons Part 2

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3.5 stars

Valkyrie: Jane Foster #7 Review by (July 20, 2020)

Review: This comic features a river of pus. Think about that for a second. Pus. So anyway, Al Ewing, as we have seen from THE IMMORTAL HULK, has a gift for creating philosophical and pretentious metaphors as frameworks around which to build a story. This one is easier to penetrate than the Kabbala stuff with Hulk but with only two issues things wrap up a bit too quickly; it would need expanding to make it tolerable. And in the end, the cure seems too easy. Oh, and that reminds me: Death is a Goth chick; does Neil Gaiman know about this?

Comments: Al Ewing and Jason Aaron are co-writers. Issue includes a note that Al Ewing is leaving the book to be replaced as co-writer by Torunn Gronbekk with his guide on how to write Mr.  Horse’s Yorkshire accent.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Valkyrie: Jane Foster #7 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

The medical heroes Valkyrie, Doctor Strange, Night Nurse, Cardiac, Excalibur, and Manikin stare in awe at the Death of Death, the monster coming to kill off Death. A few words from Strange are needed to keep Val from panic but the others all have coping mechanisms to take it in stride. Aware that they are inhabiting a living metaphor, the enter Death’s house to search for their patient. They encounter a river of pus with a ferryman who tells them that one of them must die for the others to cross the river. Excalibur jams her sword into the river, destroying it—but she must stay behind to ensure it doesn’t come back. They come to an art gallery with a single painting: Val sees a burning car crash and recognizes it as the deaths of her ex-husband and son; the others also see it as the deaths of someone close to them as the disease tries to discourage them from aiding Death who has harmed them in these ways. As Strange looks, Cardiac creeps up behind him and shocks him into insensibility with his staff, insisting they should not be trying to help Death but to let her die and save everyone’s life. Manikin knows that they have been called to help a patient and their oaths compel them to do so; to disarm Cardiac, he takes on his Proto form and is electrocuted, causing Cardiac to break down in tears. Val looks closely and sees that only his Proto form is dead, Whit, Homo Erectus, and Highbrow are alive and trapped within the puddle. Leaving the others, Val passes through the doors to see her patient…

…and Jane walks into a darkened room where Death, a Goth girl, lies on a hospital bed and the Death of Death asks her “Do we need Death?” Jane responds that a world without death would be a cancerverse. And Death is healed because Death of Death is convinced. Jane passes through the door…

…and Val is back at the clinic where she announces “Death will always be with us. We did not lose. But did we win?” And she sees the vision of Death by the burning car crash. 

Pere Perez
Pere Perez
Jesus Aburtov
Mahmud Asrar (Cover Penciler)
Mahmud Asrar (Cover Inker)
Matthew Wilson (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange

(Stephen Strange)
Night Nurse
Night Nurse

(Linda Carter)

(Jane Foster)

Plus: Cardiac (Elias Wirtham), Excalibur (Faiza Hussain), Manikin (Whitman Knapp).

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