Review: The Mighty Thor Vol. 5 by Walt Simonson

Thor by Walter Simonson Volume 5Thor by Walter Simonson Volume 5 by Walter Simonson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

OK, so this marks the end of Walt Simonson’s EPIC Thor run.
This is probably a 4-star collection on it’s own, but alongside the other 4 volumes, and when you look at what Thor was when we started it…5-Stars hardly seems good enough.

Thor here is broken, exposed, vulnerable, and not going to be saved by mighty Daddy (Odin). Loki is at his manipulating best, and even Hel is against Thor.

Loki’s plan is actually decent, and Thor’s response to keep himself alive is actually smart…

Thor’s new Armour is badass. Also, bearded Thor seems to have the brains of Odin as well as the brawn.

The supporting players get to be involved (Heimdall, Enchantress, Executioner, Sif, Hogun, Fandrall, etc.).

The interaction between Thor and Jormungandr (Midgard Serpent, who posed as Fin Fang Foom) is tremendous, both in hilarious wordplay (yes, Thor and wordplay…!) and the respect and jokes between 2 foes fated to destroy each other…When the actual throwdown takes place, Simonson is wise enough to devote a page to what some artists would try to contain in a panel. This helps expand the scope of the battle to an epic grandeur.

The final showdown does not disappoint, and fate cannot be avoided…

But Thor being a God, and this being the comic universe, death is not everlasting…but I sure would have been convinced of it were I reading it at the time.

Poor Loki…


This is a great conclusion to the Epic run, and I like where Simonson leaves Thor. He’s grown as a character, and when a writer can expand a character and make it seem natural and not forced, they’ve done a great job. I would suggest taking the time to read the whole 5 volumes, but if not, just try one. Mighty Thor indeed.

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I'm a lover of pop-culture, from movies to music to books to TV shows to well...comics, and just about everything in between. I'm also a history buff, and spent 4 yrs getting a fancy BA in it. When I was at said University, I got my learn on AND spent all my money on CDs and VHS (yup, I'm THAT old.) However, I'm happy to discuss any topic really, as I love a good debate or just to be proven right. I'm Canadian, so I wear shorts and flip flops 9 months of the year, but no, I am NOT fanatical about hockey (I actually prefer baseball, thank my American father for that!). I love the outdoors, but don't get out enough... I've got a sick twisted sense of humour (hence why I'm friends with these Shallow folks) and believe that laughter is the best medicine...except penicillin...cause laughter won't cure the clap.

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