Sunday, June 26, 2011

Secret Avengers #14

Even though the character has been around for what, almost 40 years, the Valkyrie is still mostly a figure of mystery.

She appeared as a member of the original Defenders team, but when that series was canceled she was relegated to guest appearances - and only a few of those.

Now she's back as a member of the Secret Avengers, and this issue focuses on her. We actually get some background flashes of her previous life in Asgard and how she earned her title.

Writer Nick Spencer makes an effort to parallel a story from the past with the present-day battle linked to the Fear Itself event, but the two stories of star-crossed lovers doesn't quite work - if they'd just had a few more pages to work with...

I like the art by Scott Eaton - he has a classic, illustrative style that captures the expressions and the heroic figures quite well.

It's good to see the Valkyrie getting some long-overdue attention, even if the story raises almost as many questions as it answers.

Grade: B


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