Valkyrie #1

Valkyrie #1

Writer: Bryan J.L. Glass Artist: Phil Winslade Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: September 29, 2010 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 7
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From the pages of SECRET AVENGERS—the untold story of the rebirth of Valkyrie! In AVENGERS DISASSEMBLED, Ragnarok claimed the lives of the Asgardians, until they were reborn along with Thor himself…but when and how did the legendary shield maiden Brunhilde return? How does a murder mystery hold all the answers? And how can Valkyrie solve the riddle of her own death? Dare a glimpse into the soul of Marvel's most misunderstood heroine, and witness her transformation from myth to Defender to Avenger! Featuring the Marvel Universe writing debut of acclaimed writer Bryan J.L. Glass (The Mice Templar), and the stunning pencils of Phil Winslade (Wonder Woman)! Rated T …$3.99

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Ray Tate Oct 1, 2010

    While it would be grand to see an ongoing Valkyrie series with Glass, Winslade, and Gandini, this one-shot isn't going to be collected in a trade paperback. So, get thee to your comic book shop, and buy it now. You won't be sorry. It's the perfect treatment of Valkyrie. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Ryan Schrodt Sep 30, 2010

    This honestly feels more like a great opening to an ongoing series than it does a oneoff story. Glass makes you care, then sets Valkyrie off into the sunset for other writers to work with. The problem? I want more and I want more from this creative team. This issue shows what a strong creative team with a clear focus can do for even the most convoluted characters. I never though I'd say this, but if Marvel launched an ongoing Valykrie series, it would go to the top of my pull listprovided it retained this creative team. In a week full of simply awesome comics, it took a total package issue to walk away with the Book of the Week honor and that is exactly what this is. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Vine - Zack Freeman Sep 29, 2010

    I'll confess to never having paid much, if any, attention to Valkyrie prior to this one-shot. I don't really know what gap in continuity this is intended to fill -- unless it's supposed to be a years-in-waiting loose end that's been dangling since the storyline where the Asgardians were all forced to assume civilian identities during the end of Journey Into Mystery. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Sep 29, 2010

    Phil Winslade's art backs up the story well. Winslade's pencils are nicely detailed and fairly close in tone to Mike Deodato's in Secret Avengers, though lacking in some of the same energy. Again, this issue won't shock and awe with its execution, but it proves to be a pleasantly solid read. Those hoping for Valkyrie to take the spotlight in Secret Avengers can at least tide themselves over with this one-shot. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Mike McLarty Sep 30, 2010

    The art provided by Winslade is strikingly beautiful. His work carries flashes of Steve Epting, Butch Guice and Mike Deodato Jr. The title page clearly states that this story takes place between the events of Avengers Disassembled and Secret Invasion. This leaves me with the impression that this is not a very current representation of the character and it makes me question how much further Valkyrie has evolved or for that matter, possibly devolved. Having not read Secret Avengers, I'm not privy to her current portrayal in the Marvel Universe. However, the strength of this issue elicits enough interest to make me want to find out more.Rating: This earns 3.5 out of 5 stars. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - James Hunt Oct 4, 2010

    As it happens, nothing here is badly executed, but it does all feel a bit too by-the-numbers to be especially entertaining. The problems are largely about what's left out of the story " a hook, a twist, a satisfying resolution " and of particular concern is that Valkyrie never really evidences any personality outside of being a female Thor. Perhaps, if a new status quo had been properly established, it could have been a springboard into more stories, but the story ends with the character almost literally riding off into the sunset. There was the chance here to make Valkyrie into a viable stand-alone character, but by time we turn the final page, the job is only half-complete. So close, and yet, so far. Read Full Review

  • 1.6
    Weekly Comic Book Review - DS Arsenault Sep 29, 2010

    (a) Marvel, I want my $3.99 back. (b) Thank you, Marvel, for making this just a one-shot. Read Full Review

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