The Third Eye Guide to WAR OF THE REALMS
Published January 18th, 2019
The biggest Marvel Comics event since Jonathan Hickman’s SECRET WARS begins this Spring!
Holy crap, Third Eye Faithful — we’re telling you right now: Marvel is coming at 2019 hard with WAR OF THE REALMS, and it’s shaping up to be the biggest, most exciting crossover they’ve done since Jonathan Hickman turned the Marvel Universe upside down in SECRET WARS a few years back!
With a story that’s been quietly brewing for years under the surface of all the major Marvel events, and throughout the entirety of Jason Aaron’s THOR run, WAR OF THE REALMS not only promises to deliver an immense payoff for those of you who’ve been reading since the very start with THOR GOD OF THUNDER — but, also provides the perfect new reader-friendly jumping on point for those of you who’ve been looking for a killer place to dive headfirst back into the Marvel Universe after the post-SECRET WARS era!
It’s no secret that since the beginning of 2018, Marvel has been doing an amazing job with their new slate of titles, like Donny Cates VENOM, Al Ewing’s Immortal Hulk, and of course, Jason Aaron’s AVENGERS, but we’re telling you right now: it’s all building to THE WAR OF THE REALMS, and it’s gonna kick so much ass!
What’s the scoop on WAR OF THE REALMS? 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.
Malekith the Dark Elf has been rampaging across the Realms for years, and now he’s coming for Midgard. There, the Super Heroes of the Marvel Universe make their final stand, and a war begins.
So, why is Captain America riding a winged horse? Where does Jane Foster come into play? How does Wolverine get involved? Why does Daredevil have a sword…and why is he covered in starry lights? The Punisher, Luke Cage, Iron Fist; how do these street-level heroes join the fight? How do Venom, She-Hulk, Black Panther, Spider-Man, Captain Marvel, Iron Man, Doctor Strange, Ghost Rider, and so many more team-up for the war? And is that Blade!?
“I have been building towards WAR OF THE REALMS for the entire duration of my THOR run. So we’re talking six years and 80-something issues and counting,” teases Aaron. “This is a war that covers the entire globe and involves the biggest heroes of the Marvel Universe, as you can see in this amazing promo piece by my MIGHTY THOR collaborators, Russell Dauterman and Matthew Wilson, who I’m so thrilled to be working with again on WAR OF THE REALMS.”
Third Eye Faithful, if DC Comics raised the ante of what a universe-spanning event could be with 2017’s DARK NIGHTS METAL — then you better believe that MARVEL is stepping up to the challenge, and delivering a storyline that rivals the scale and scope of METAL and then some!
Not since SECRET WARS have we been this excited for a Marvel event, and for good reason: Jason Aaron is one of the best writers in comics, and he’s literally spent nearly a decade playing in the THOR sandbox, building a fully realized mythology that’s set to pour out onto the Marvel Universe as we know it.
You wanna see Frost Giants in Manhattan? You wanna see your favorite Marvel heroes and villains finding themselves in the midst of pure otherworldly Asgardian (and other realms!) chaos on Earth? This is the book!
And, this isn’t just for THOR fans — this is something that touches on, and spotlights all of the Marvel Universe’s mightiest heroes, as well as some of your cult favorite characters! Trust us: this is the definition of big, sprawling, awesome Marvel event goodness!
So, what else can we tell you about WAR OF THE REALMS? Well, read on Third Eye Faithful, and we’ll give you the full scoop!
Where will the WAR OF THE REALMS take us?! First Conan –then what?
So, with the WAR OF THE REALMS taking us through all the various REALMS of the Marvel Universe… and, deeper into the Marvel multiverse, we can only wonder where it’s going to take us — and that’s a big part of the fun of this series!
We don’t know this for sure, and it’s purely Third Eye getting nerdy and coming up with some crazy theories, but hey — it could happen, right? 🙂
Just a disclaimer: pure speculation on our part! 🙂
Not up to date on Jason Aaron’s THOR? Start here!
While you don’t have to have read Jason Aaron’s incredible THOR work to get into WAR OF THE REALMS, we highly recommend it — and for two big reasons: 1. it’s damn good. Like, really good – even if you’re not a Thor fan normally; this will change that. 2. It does introduce a lot of characters who will be major fixtures during the WAR OF THE REALMS, as well as give you some idea about the back story of the WAR OF THE REALMS.
We’ve put together a very special Reading Order for Jason Aaron’s THOR below to get you up to speed with where everything is now, and like we said: this is not mandatory reading to get into WAR OF THE REALMS — but we know you, Third Eye Faithful: you’re diehard, and you love to dive into great stories — and this is totally that kind of run!
As always, these are all in-stock and available now, and while we lay it out for you here where you need to start — we highly recommend you pop into the shop, and see us so we can make sure you’re following these bad boys in the right order, and not skipping ahead!
We do want to stress: you do NOT need to read this to get into WAR OF THE REALMS — but you’ll be glad you did. It’s one of the most satisfying reading journeys in comics!:)
- THOR GOD OF THUNDER VOL.1 GOD BUTCHER TP
- THOR GOD OF THUNDER VOL.2 GOD BOMB TP
- THOR GOD OF THUNDER VOL.3 ACCURSED TP
- THOR GOD OF THUNDER VOL.4 LAST DAYS OF MIDGARD TP
- ORIGINAL SIN: THOR & LOKI THE TENTH REALM TP
- ORIGINAL SIN TP
- THOR VOL.1 GODDESS OF THUNDER TP
- THOR VOL.2 WHO HOLDS THE HAMMER? TP
- MIGHTY THOR VOL.1 THUNDER IN HER VEINS TP
- MIGHTY THOR VOL.2 LORDS OF MIDGARD TP
- THOR UNWORTHY THOR TP
- MIGHTY THOR VOL.3 ASGARD / SHI’AR WAR TP
- MIGHTY THOR VOL.4 THE WAR THOR TP
- MIGHTY THOR VOL.5 DEATH OF MIGHTY THOR TP
- THOR GOD OF THUNDER REBORN VOL.1 (collecting 1-6 of current run)
- AVENGERS TP VOL.1 FINAL HOST
Not available in graphic novel yet, but available in single issues at Third Eye: THOR #7 to current. We also do have issues 1-6 of the current run, as well as back issues on many of the runs mentioned above.
WHERE TO START?
THOR #8 – WAR OF THE REALMS PRELUDE – Available Now!
An early prelude to the upcoming WAR OF THE REALMS stuff is THOR #8, which begins to show us the 1st glimpses of what’s to come with WAR OF THE REALMS!
While not a direct tie-in — this is a great place for those of you early birds looking to get into it now!
Then, in THOR #9, the preludes to WAR OF THE REALMS continues! Available Now!
With S.H.I.E.L.D. gone, Roz Solomon has been left adrift in a world full of homeless gods and mislaid hammers.
Now this Asgardian ally is about to take on a surprising new role – and make a million new enemies. For the War of the Realms is coming…and the invasion of Earth may have already begun. Cue the Frost Giants!
THE ROAD TO WAR OF THE REALMS BEGINS IN MARCH!
The Road to WAR OF REALMS officially begins, in March, and it starts in the pages of Jason Aaron’s AVENGERS #16, releasing on 3/6/19.
And, how does the Kingdom of Vampires tie into the WAR OF THE REALMS? We’ll find out!
ASGARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #7 continues the Road to WAR OF THE REALMS, as the Asgardians stumble onto EGO LIVING THE PLANET.. and all hell breaks loose in ASGARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #7, releasing on 3/13/19!
And, then in AVENGERS #17, the connections become more clear as we witness the final fate of Dracula! The Avengers vs. Ghost Rider?! Blade vs. the Shadow Colonel! And the world of the Marvel U vampires will be changed forever. Who will be the new Lord of the Damned? All in AVENGERS #17, releasing on 3/20/19!
Finally, the road to WAR OF THE REALMS ends, and leads directly to WAR OF THE REALMS #1, as Lady Freyja struggles to protect Asgard’s refugees as Malekith’s forces grow bold! But the All-Mother won’t have to protect Midgard alone – enter Thor and his faithful dog Thori! The War of the Realms is coming – but the invasion starts here! Get THOR #11 on 3/20/19!
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And, then on 4/3/19 — let loose the DOGS OF WAR with WAR OF THE REALMS #1!
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