Comic book crossovers and major events are nothing new. DC has had a thousand different Crisis’ and Flashpoint while Marvel has had things like Civil War and Secret Wars. Some events are grand and others really suck… I’m looking at you Secret Invasion, but they are as common as resurrections. This year Marvel will be bringing us War of the Realms, which will see the war that Thor has been fighting spills over into Midgard. Writer Jason Aaron (Thor, Avengers) will be heading this event up with support from artists Russell Dauterman and Matthew Wilson, who both work on The Mighty Thor with Aaron.
Many people are afraid to get into comics because they don’t know where to start. Despite the countless times a comic book universe is reset, there are always similarities and core stories that remain relevant. Basically, if you know the origin of the hero, you can find the first issue of that book’s current arc and be able to follow along. Plus, for the context of some things you have access to the internet, right? Editor Will Moss explains how this new event is a great jump-on point:
“Jason Aaron is basically incapable of writing scripts that are not new reader friendly. He writes super accessible stories that everybody can get. So, even though this story involves a lot of different moving pieces and elements from the Thor comics and the Avengers comics, it’s something that everybody can just dive into.”
To catch you up a bit, over the last few years in the Thor books, there has been war across all of the realms, there’s 10 now, and the last realm is of course Midgard (Earth’s realm). The big bad has been Malekith, the dry bad guy from Thor: The Dark World, and when portals start opening up in NYC the war comes to Earth. This fight will see the majority of your favorite Marvel heroes teaming up to save the universe… again.
War of the Realms #1 hits this April and will last six issues over three months. I am certain there will be plenty of tie-ins and every book will have some sort of branding for the event but the April solicitations aren’t out yet.
Are you looking forward to the new event? What is your favorite big event from the past? Let us know in the comments below!