THE WAR OF THE REALMS was Marvel’s big event series of 2019. It was written by Jason Aaron and drawn by Russell Dauterman. There were six core issues with known tie-ins to in THOR, AVENGERS and many other titles and mini-series. I developed the concept for the covers, designed the logo and created icons for each of the 10 Realms that exist in the Marvel Universe.
The Rune Icon Designs
A few of my concepts involved using symbols for each or the 10 realms in the logo. After doing a little research, I could not find any established icons for each realm. So instead, I created a set using the first letter of each realm written in Norse runes as inspiration. I wanted them to feel “ownable” to the Marvel Universe’s version of the Realms but also have ties to the mythology. Instead of showing up out of the blue, maybe they’ve been in the background for the last 50 something years of Thor comics. It’s been nice to see the fans and writers embrace the designs and work them into the story.