"Valley of the Gods"
The Mummy: Valley of the Gods #1 (Chaos!)
Written by Marv Wolfman
Art by Mat Broome
Published May 2001
On an extended honeymoon in Egypt, Rick and
Evie are summoned to assist one of Evie's old professors at an
ancient tomb which may point the way to the long-forgotten
Valley of the Gods.
Professor Julian Winter, assisted by Ardeth Bay, uncovers a
previously unknown tomb. On the exterior wall of the tomb,
Professor Winter espies an image of the Orb of Destiny, an
object of which he was recently in possession and which he'd
sent on to Evie. Opening the doorway, their crew is attacked by
a specter-like ibis. One worker loses his life to the
apparition, while the rest of the crew escapes.
Winters summons Rick and Evie to the dig site and instructs them
to bring the Orb of Destiny. The two do so, along with Jonathan,
but, not knowing exactly what is up, leave the orb in their
hotel room as they join the crew at the dig. Reopening the tomb,
the group is attacked by a group of animal apparitions. Guns
prove useless against the phantoms. Rick instinctively grabs an
old stone tablet as a shield and it seems to frighten off the
Examining the tablet, Evie realizes it is a map to the Valley of
the Kings and the Valley of the Gods. The Valley of the Kings
has already been uncovered, but the Valley of the Gods is
unknown. The hieroglyphs describe it as "where those who must be
worshipped await their awakening."
Soon, the group has traveled to the specified location, to find
nothing but desert sand. Then, suddenly, twin pillars of sand
swirl up to form towering giant warriors, trapping the group
TO BE CONTINUED...NOT!
This is part one of what was intended to be a 3-part story. The
other two chapters were never published, as
Chaos! Comics filed for bankruptcy in 2002.
The issue describes this story as taking place in 1927, about a
year after the events of The Mummy.
Rick and Evie are newlyweds on extended honeymoon in this story.
The scenes set in ancient Egypt are said to take place during the
Eleventh Dynasty. This was approximately 2134-1991 BC.
The ancient scene depicted on pages 1-2 take place outside Ammon.
Ammon was a nation that existed in what is modern-day Jordan during
the 10th-4th Centuries BC. However, this was long after the Eleventh
Dynasty as described.
The major archaeological object appearing in this story is the
Egyptian Orb of Destiny. This seems to be a fictional construct for
the story and not a real world artifact.
On page 2, Professor Winter and Ardeth Bay are said to be working at
an excavation outside of Soknopaios, Egypt.
Soknopaios is an ancient temple site located southwest of Cairo.
It's never explained why Ardeth Bay, whose duties as a Medjai would
normally seem to preclude this, should be assisting Professor Winter
with his excavation.
On page 3, an engraving of a curved-horned ram's head on the wall
suggests to Professor Winter that he and his team are in a temple
devoted to Amon-Ra. Amon-Ra was considered to be the self-created
first god of the Egyptian pantheon and was the sun god. He was,
indeed, associated with the wooly ram with curved horns.
Also on page 3, one of Winter's workers is named Buto. This may be a
reference to the ancient Egyptian city which was conquered by the
Scorpion I. In
The Scorpion King study, I
speculated that the villain, Memnon, may have been King Scorpion I,
with Mathayus becoming King Scorpion II with the villain's defeat.
Pages 5-7 feature Rick's dream premonition of their future encounter
with the Scorpion King in The Mummy Returns.
The clothes worn by Evie in this story do not seem like
real world 1920s fashions. As was typical of publications from
Chaos! Comics (which folded in 2002), the heroine is drawn more for
her sex appeal than realism.
Page 10 reveals that Evie went to school at Oxford.
This is a reference to
the third oldest surviving university in the world, located in
On page 12, Professor Winter remarks that he is relieved to find
that Evie did not wind up as a meek librarian. Unknown to him, but
known to us, she was essentially just that before becoming involved
with Rick in
On page 21, Evie deciphers the stone tablet in the temple as
depicting the locations of both the Valley of the Kings and the
Valley of the Gods. The Valley of the Kings is a real world
archaeological site where the Pharaohs of the Egyptian New Kingdom
(16-11th Centuries BC) were entombed. The Valley of the Gods is a
fictional site invented for this story.
It may be that the animal totems that attack the explorers in the
temple on pages 4 and 16-21 are representations of the ancient
Egyptian pantheon. Page 4 appears to depict the misty form of an
Ibis, one of the sacred animals associated with the god Thoth. On pages
16-21 are depicted a bull, a crocodile, a ram, and a falcon, the
sacred animals of Ptah, Sobek, Amon-Ra, and Horus.
illustration of the map on the
tablet in panel 3 of page 21 is a
semi-accurate depiction of the area
near the Valley of the Kings. The
"fork" in the Nile River seen in the
illustration is presumably the
island near the city of Khuzam. If
the two pyramids on the map are meant to
signify the two valleys, the Valley
of the Kings is depicted as too
close to the island; it should be
about 38 km southeast of there. (Of
course, since the stone tablet was
made over 2000 years earlier, maybe
there was an island in the Nile at
that location at that time.)
How do our heroes survive the giant sand warriors? Do they
uncover the lost Valley of the Gods? Since the second and third
issues were never published, we'll never know.
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