Review: The Mighty Thor Vol. 5 by Walt Simonson

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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…

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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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Review: Loki: Agent of Asgard, Vol. 1: Trust Me by Al Ewing, Lee Garbett (Illustrator)

Loki: Agent of Asgard, Vol. 1: Trust MeLoki: Agent of Asgard, Vol. 1: Trust Me by Al Ewing

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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I’m not really a fan of Hiddleston as a sex symbol, but I know a lot of you ladies are, so…
You’re welcome.

As far as this title went, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
It mixes up the god of Mischief with a James Bondesque con man, and spits out a fun tongue-in-cheek heist caper.
Loki has steadily grown in popularity with the mainstream audiences since his appearances in the Marvel movies, so we’re now seeing this translate into comic book titles. Sometimes, a move like this can backfire and alienate the hardcore readers.
But Marvel seems to have the golden touch right now, and with the popularity of titles like Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 1: Cosmic Avengers making both movie and comic fans relatively happy, it appears they are reading the pulse of both new and old fans quite well.

The character of Loki in this one might be somewhat confusing, if you haven’t managed to read all of the tie-in books. I’m currently digging around to find the source material for all the changes to this guy, but even without all the pertinent information, this one was still a lot of fun.
Basically, you need to know that the old Loki died, was resurrected as a child (Kid Loki), was overtaken by a somewhat bad version of himself, and is now a twentysomething trying to (maybe?) atone for his evil ways.
There may be more to the story, but that’s what I’ve got so far…

As of right now, he’s working as an agent for All-Mother in the service for Asgard, with each completed mission erasing some of his past sins from recorded history.
However, there’s a snag in the plan. A big one.
Too bad for you, I’m not handing out spoilers in this review!

The parts of this volume that had Loki running around in present day, conning gods and mortals?

Excellent stuff!

But the parts that were set in the past, with all of the olden tale adventures?
Well, I’m going to have to agree with Sam’s review, and say that that part was less interesting.
I did, however, enjoy when the stories finally collided.
And the story with Sigurd and ‘Kaluu’ was laugh out loud funny on so many levels, that I’d almost recommend this title for that part of the issue alone.

I think fans of the new Loki are gonna love this one.
I know I’ll certainly be coming back for more!

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Review: Thor: Season One, by Matthew Sturges

Thor: Season OneThor: Season One by Matthew Sturges
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I haven’t been the biggest fan of Marvel’s quasi-cash-grab “Season One” Books. I mean I suppose it’s a quick, easy way to do updated origin stories for all the new Marvel Comics fans that are appearing due to the movies, so I suppose I need to remind myself, these books aren’t geared towards me. They also seem to be aimed at teens, as there’s a lot of ho-hum stuff here.

The funny part is, if this is geared towards teens, then I’m not sure how many are going to get the Monty Python Dead Parrot Skit reference whilst in Norway…
I found it mildly amusing, but I got it.

Anyhow, my review, in Hulk prose:
Thor, Loki, Odin. Thor rash, headstrong, Loki trickster. Odin old.
Thor go to Earth, become puny human. Need stick to walk. Puny human fix others.
Puny human have girl human friend. Puny Human become Hammer God. Hammer God learn life lesson. Hulk no care for artwork.
Loki bad. Thor have friends. Hulk no need friends.
Thor smash. Hulk smash better.
Thor stay with puny humans. Come back God-land when want.

Pretty much. There’s some good work with Don Blake, who we rarely see anymore (at least I feel like).

The best part here is the preview for Issue #1 of Jason Aaron’s Thor: God of Thunder series.

unfortunately, that wasn’t on the digital copy that came from the book…

Hit and miss, but lots of hitting.

I give 3 Mjolnirs.

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Review: Young Avengers, Vol. 3: Mic-Drop at the Edge of Time and Space by Kieron Gillen

Young Avengers, Vol. 3: Mic-Drop at the Edge of Time and SpaceYoung Avengers, Vol. 3: Mic-Drop at the Edge of Time and Space by Kieron Gillen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This sort of sums up this entire run…

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Unfortunately, now it’s over.
Oh well, better to go out in a blaze of glory, right?

This volume wraps up our time with the Young Avengers, and ushers in the beginnings of Loki: Agent of Asgard, Vol. 1: Trust Me.
Like always, I accidentally read everything out of order, and even that didn’t have much of an effect on how much I enjoyed this limited run.

Mother has captured Hulking, so the majority of the issues revolve around the team trying to find a way to rescue him that won’t result in the end of the world.
Without adults being able to see what’s happening around them, it’s up to the younger set of heroes to step up and save everyone.
The scenes with Captain America were pretty funny.

The last few issues take place at a New Year’s Eve party that serves as an epilogue of sorts. Everything gets wrapped up quite nicely, and there aren’t any goofy plots threads left dangling.
Thank you!
You do find out who the Not-Patriot is, and I thought it was a fairly clever little twist.
Loki’s Guitly Conscience plays a big role in this, but not in the way you might think…
The relationships between the characters go through some changes, also.
Some of the lurve survives, some of it doesn’t, but it was all handled well.

I have to say, I’m sort of attached to this group now, and I’m hoping we’ll get to see all of these guys again soon.

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