War of the Realms #1

Event\Storyline: War of the Realms Writer: Jason Aaron Artist: Russell Dauterman Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: April 3, 2019 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 25 User Reviews: 64
8.6Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

Asgard. Alfheim. Heven. Jotunheim. Muspelheim. Niffleheim. Nidavellir. Svartalfheim. Vanaheim. All of the Ten Realms have fallen to Malekith and his army except one: Midgard. Home to Thor's beloved humans. Home to heroes and gods alike. Now, at last, it burns. And Thor won't even be there to see it.
All hell breaks loose in New York City as Malekith and his allies begin their invasion - and the greatest heroes of the Marvel Universe watch as the Earth falls!
Rated T+

  • 10
    Outright Geekery - Brian Wayne Apr 6, 2019

    When I closed this book I had to take a step back and think for a moment. If we get all of this excitement and death in just the first issue, how much more blood will be spilled in the next couple of months? I cannot wait to see how it all ends. It has been teased that the events of this story will play a big part in the future of our heroes, and I cannot wait to see what they have in store for us. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Adam Barnhardt Apr 3, 2019

    Though dense at times, War of the Realms transforms a dreary Midgard into an icy, fiery post-apocalyptic hellscape and the end result is an astonishing book that well worth taking in. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Apr 6, 2019

    You've got to buy this book. This is modern Marvel Comics at their finest. Every hero gets a great scene and the villains are glorious. Even if you haven't read a Marvel Comic in years, you can jump in and be instantly immersed in this tale. The visuals are staggeringly epic, be they the inhabitants of the realms or the familiar faces on Earth. This is why comic books continue to thrive and inspire. This War is for everyone. Get a copy while you can. Highest possible recommendation. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Apr 8, 2019

    Russell Dauterman does an amazing job with the art in this issue. Everything looks beautifully detailed and full of motion. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Apr 2, 2019

    This is a very well written comic that's paced to perfection, delivers many fun moments for the various heroes, and establishes the stakes in play very well. It's also drawn by one of the best teams in comics. The voice of each hero is so strong War of the Realms is a must read battle. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Comic Watch - John Jack Apr 5, 2019

    If the rest of the event is this good you're gonna want to follow it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Oz Longworth Apr 5, 2019

    Bottom Line: This event is off to a strong start closing out Aaron's time in the ten realms with a bang that could be heard clear across the Bifrost. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    411Mania - Steve Gustafson Apr 5, 2019

    Outside some flow issues, War of the Realms gets it right and while another epic, crossover, this is one that feels fresh, almost cinematic. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Apr 3, 2019

    A gorgeous and kinetic comic from creators making some of the best superhero comics right now. Long-time Thor readers will absolutely love this book, while new or casual readers may be a bit less prepared. The artwork alone, however, is worth the price of admission. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - Jim Werner Apr 14, 2019

    I am happy to say that I am now full in on the War of the Realms Event. Jason Aaron gives us a start that is great for new and old readers alike and Russell Dauterman just kills it on art. With one issue Aaron has made me a believer. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Brent Jackson Apr 3, 2019

    War of the Realms #1 delivered exactly what I want from a big event comic: a big epic story that I could jump into. All my favorite heroes coming together and fighting a huge battle. Yeah, it is not "world-shattering" story or a thought-provoking piece, but it delivers what it is supposed to a big blockbuster event. The art matches that tenfold as Dauterman and Wilson make a marvelous team with some truly splendid pieces throughout the issue and overall sublime sequential work. Now, I don't know how I will feel as War of the Realms spreads out into a thousand different issues (literally), but for now, this main book is definitely worth your time and money. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Apr 2, 2019

    But some occasional slowness cannot sink the heavy metal fun that is War of the Realms #1. Armed with a bombastic script from Jason Aaron and expansive, richly colored artwork from Russell Dauterman and Matthew Wilson, this opening issue swings for the fences and largely clears them. Could it have lost a few pages in the middle? For certain " but even with its occasional pacing hiccups, War of the Realms #1 is one of the rare excellent starts for an event. While it's impossible to tell what this war will bring in future installments " especially given the numerous tie-in books for this event " this debut heralds big fun and even bigger stakes for the mythic side of the Marvel Universe. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Elias Rosner Apr 4, 2019

    Visually stunning and suitably epic, this is an event comic that earns the moniker, even if this first issue does more set-up than it ought to. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    On Comics Ground - Joanna Robinson Apr 3, 2019

    It's Here! It's Here! It's Finally HERE!! The War of the Realms has begun and if you haven't been keeping up then you're in more trouble than the God of Thunder and Marvel's Hero's as they battle Malekith's Massive Army. Get happening on catching up ASAP because this war is going to be Epic. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Brandon J. Griffin Apr 2, 2019

    WAR OF THE REALMS is a classic Marvel epic in all the best ways. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Sequential Planet - Pashtrik Maloki Apr 4, 2019

    The epic battles, the fantastic art and cool character moments - all accounted for. What more could you ask for from an event? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    PopCultHQ - Adrian Care Apr 3, 2019

    On the strength of the writing and art alone. this earns its score. The concept is nothing new, take away all the trimmings and it's basically Earth's heroes defending from another threat. But by opening with a great battle. at least it starts with the impact a major event should. I'm not invested enough to read all the tie-ins and specials, frankly, just seeing those checklists are starting to make me shudder, but I'll enjoy this as a self-contained event. Good quality is hard to maintain, but this creative team gives the impression that they can constantly level up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Legion - Clayton Hinojosa Apr 9, 2019

    Overall this story was a great start to what may be the most exciting Thor driven event Jason has ever had. The art by Russell and Matthew was great, bringing all the colors they could to a war of mystical madness. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Apr 6, 2019

    War of the Realms kicks off with big, bombastic and crazy action! I wish there had been some subtlety or cleverness, but the artwork more than makes up for that. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Beat - Joe Grunenwald Apr 3, 2019

    Aaron's script is accessible and compelling, and the art from Dauterman and Wilson is spectacular. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Scott Cederlund Apr 9, 2019

    Aaron and Dauterman waste no time getting to the action in this story, delivering a killing blow in the first couple of pages. As this is a continuation of what has been happening in Thor for a while now, the creative team doesn't need to spin their wheels, to slowly build up or explain what has been happening so far. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Apr 7, 2019

    This first issue does a solid job of setting up the series - and the enormity of the challenge facing Earth's heroes - but it also highlights the down side of an Event that uses magic-based characters as the heavies - there's almost no limit to what they can do. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Apr 3, 2019

    War of the Realms is off to an enjoyable start, but it doesn't do much to change the typical event comic formula. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Apr 4, 2019

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  • 3.0
    Comic Book Legion - Clayton Hinojosa Apr 15, 2019

    I understand the significance of the "Journey into Mystery" title, it being the original title that Thor was introduced in at Marvel, but nothing drew me into the "mystery". These characters, as new as I am to them, the format of writing and the lack of character in each of them left me not caring about any of them. As excited as I am for what's coming up next in the main title of "War of the REALMS" this only shows that I may want to skip a good majority of the tie ins for this event. Read Full Review

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