Review: THOR 611
- After the spectacular climax to SIEGE,
it wouldn't be amiss to expect a
downtime issue where not much happens.
And while there isn't a lot of action,
this issue is anything but downtime.
Instead it sets the stage for what
promises to be a serious Thor
More after our amiable
Before we get to the story,
I've got to say that Gillen does
another fine issue. He's been
doing so well, it's too
bad he is just filling in. It
wouldn't hurt at all if he took
over as regular scribe.
Marvel should keep him in mind if
Fraction decides to call it quits.
The issue begins with a funeral
for the fallen. Balder has Thor
call down the lightning as a tribute.
A nice touch.
Then comes Loki's funeral.
Thor doesn't say a lot but what
he does say is poignant. He sums
Loki up in less than forty words,
and then utters a remark
pregnant with forboding.
For you see, while Loki is
supposedly dead, the Trickster's
machinations live on after him.
And that's what this issue is about.
The Disir---whom Loki gave to Mephisto
in exhange for Mephisto allowing Hela
to use part of Mephisto's realm for
the new Asgardian Hel---contrive
to feast on Asgardian souls.
Hela opposes them and is nearly
defeated. In desperation she appeals
to Thor and Balder and the living
Asgardians---and Thor's ringing cry
in the last panel sums up his
reaction: 'To Hel!'
I can't find one thing to quibble about.
The storytelling, the art,
On the Mjolnir Meter
we'll give this a 9 out of 10.
- I wondered what your take would be.
--- In email@example.com, drobbins <drobbins@...> wrote:
> Before we get to the story,
> I've got to say that Gillen does
> another fine issue. He's been
> doing so well, it's too
> bad he is just filling in. It
> wouldn't hurt at all if he took
> over as regular scribe.
> Marvel should keep him in mind if
> Fraction decides to call it quits.
I agree with every word in the above mentioned paragraph. Three cheers for a "fill-in" guy who worked his backside off to make all the pieces fit, while keeping the series at or above the JMS level.
He gets an assignment that was only supposed to get THOR to SIEGE. Instead, he had to start sooner, stay longer and I have some customers who didn't even know JMS had left the series. It has been that good. Cleans up the JMS plots threads, gets the story to SIEGE, survives the editorial controls during SIEGE (i.e., having to repeat panels from the mini-series, and not being allowed to move the plot much for several months), cleaning up after SIEGE and now asked to fill-in again, as the Fraction/Ferry team tries to get some traction leading in to their run.
> I can't find one thing to quibble about.
> The storytelling, the art,
> are seamless.
I really liked it all. I do fear this might be one of those classic 'weird' mythos tales that can scare off a non-THOR audience. We live for adventures in the Nine Worlds and beyond, but the average Joe may not understand all the soul searching bargains being made.
> On the Mjolnir Meter
> we'll give this a 9 out of 10.
> Treat yourself.
I went with an 8.5, as the previous issue spoiled me with all the action.
- Don said,
> > > I agree with every word in the above mentioned paragraph. Three cheers forHe has done so well
> a "fill-in" guy who worked his backside off to make all the
> pieces fit, while keeping the series at or above the JMS level.
that Fraction is 'really'
going to need to impress
to equal Gillen's and JMS's
- Leafy said,
> > > I wholeheartedly agree.We sure are getting to see a lot of
Thor goodness these days.
What with the movie in the mix
and Marvel doing all they can to
highlight the Real Deal,
it's like a 'Thor buffet'.
We can gorge until we're fit to burst.
> > > > I wholeheartedly agree.And I don't want to diet. :)
> We sure are getting to see a lot of
> Thor goodness these days.
> What with the movie in the mix
> and Marvel doing all they can to
> highlight the Real Deal,
> it's like a 'Thor buffet'.
> We can gorge until we're fit to burst.
Honestly though - I am really impressed by how Thor is being treated universally.
- Leafy said,
> Honestly though - I am really impressed by how Thor is being treatedYeah.
It's par for the Marvel course
when a character has a movie
in the works.
Makes me wonder what sort of AVENGERS
goodness Marvel will offer when
that comes around.
Now if only they'd do a
MARVEL TEAMUP movie
with Kraven and Adam X.
- Leafy said,
> > Now if only they'd do aWith laughter?
> > MARVEL TEAMUP movie
> > with Kraven and Adam X.
> > ... dude... you just about killed me. :)
Personally, I think it would rock.