Daredevil Gets a New Asgardian Weapon in War of the Realms

WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for the "God and the Devil Walk Into a Church" story from War of the Realms: Omega #1, by Jason Aaron, Ron Garney, Matt Milla and Joe Sabino. The issue is on sale now.

While War of the Realms was an event that involved nearly every superhero in the Marvel Universe, it was clearly Thor-centric, following the God of Thunder as he soared like never before. But while Thor was the series' lead character, there was another Marvel hero who proved instrumental throughout the event -- a character who, despite his superpowers, is far from a god: Daredevil.

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In War of the Realms, Matt Murdock was given Heimdall the All-Seeing's sword, Hofund, and granted the Asgardian god's cosmic powers. Murdock was the God Without Fear for War of the Realms, and his powers helped superheroes from across the Ten Realms defeat Malekith the Accursed.

Daredevil eventually threw Heimdall's sword into Laufey, the Frost Giant King, which allowed Loki to cut his way out of his father's stomach. As the hero of Hell's Kitchen did so, he lost the all-seeing powers that came with wielding the Asgardian weapon. Now, the battle is won, the war is over and Murdock is back to being a simple man. But in War of the Realms: Omega #1, Daredevil trades one Asgardian weapon for another.

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After Heimdall reclaims his sword, he and Daredevil share a heart-to-heart on top of a church, with the latter coming to grips with losing the powers that allowed him to see throughout the cosmos. He explains he'd like to feel what it's like to be a god again. However, Heimdall is quick to answer that Daredevil is more worthy of being a god than most beings. It becomes clear the Asgardian has great respect for Daredevil, from his crusade to protect Hell's Kitchen from criminals to his instrumental role in the War of the Realms.

Not only does Heimdall tell Matt that he is basically an honorary Asgardian now, he also gifts him a new weapon: a pair of billy clubs, carved from Yggdrasil itself. As we saw in previous issues of the event series, the World Tree has grown anew in the sun, and Heimdall had dwarves carve Daredevil's new clubs from its branches.

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For the time being, it's unclear if these new billy clubs have any magical powers. The Asgardian markings that cover them could simply be decorative, but it's possible they could have other functions as well.

In War of the Realms #6, Thor reclaimed his mighty hammer Mjolnir, which now has a handle made from the World Tree. Now, both the God of Thunder and the Man Without Fear have weapons made from Yggdrasil. If the wood can handle the might of Mjolnir, then perhaps there is more to these clubs than we know.

While Heimdall's sword was a temporary loan, the new billy clubs are a permanent gift. However, it remains to be seen if the Asgardian weapons will transition into the main Daredevil series, or if the Man Without Fear will keep them locked away for special occasions.

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