Whoa, baby… Thor and a gang of Asgardians are takin’ the fight to Silver Surfer and Galactus! Talk about an unearthly showdown!
The Mighty Thor #4
As Thor and Sif lead an army against Galactus and Silver Surfer, Loki seeks the help of the “weird” sisters. Loki gives them the lock of Sif’s hair that he stole and the three weirdos tell him to come back in the morning to get the items needed to save Thor’s life. Odin and Galactus square off silently. Odin makes a psychic link between he and Galan which launches Odin into a memory from his childhood. In this memory, Odin’s a young boy pleading with his fathre, Bor, to save the crops or be faced with starvation. Bor allows winter to to fall killing any hope to save those crops. Another child is there with him. Someone Odin recognizes and doesn’t seem to happy about it. Back on Earth, in the remains of Thor’s Asgard, Volstagg is ready to defend the residents from the lynch mob coming from Broxton. In space, Thor tricks the Surfer and delivers a mighty blow to Galactus catapulting him to Mars where he will face the Surfer one more time. Loki returns to the weirdos to pick up the items they have created for him – a string, a pair of hands, and a mysterious third object.
Man… Matt Fraction went into another gear on this issue. I think he got the transmission on his brainmobile that had the option Grant Morrison gear. This issue is particularly trippy. Loki sees the really gross sisters with the hopes to save Thor’s life from the wound he suffered when he got cut by the seed Galactus is so fond of. Odin’s connection to Galan and the memories that came to the surface. Volstagg willing to KILL the people from Broxton (or at least boasting that he will). This is a tough read.
It’s tough, but not necessarily impossible. The wheels are spinning in this book. I’m not sure exactly where Fraction is going or how all of these seemingly disconnected things the characters are doing will connect, but there is forward movement. That’s never a bad thing. I just wish I wasn’t so confused by some of the stuff happening. One thing I can say is that Thor has returned to the uber-cosmic styles of stories. In some ways, I get that old Walt Simonson feeling of scale. Thor’s mixing it up with some really tough foes. Even Coipel’s beautiful art reminds me of a lot of Simonson’s frames. This is everything Thor should be as a comic. It’s not that I don’t appreciate the Straczynski run and bringing Thor “down to Earth”, it’s just that I grew up with the warriror and the high action and high concepts.
That said, you will want to be a fan and, therefore, want to stick around to see what happens next because this issue definitely threw some wrenches into the mix with some of the extraordinarily high concept scenes with Odin and Galan.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|This feels like the Thor I grew up with during the Simonson era. Everything from the story, to the antagonists, to the art reminds me of those good old days.||There are some confusing elements to this story that should play out in the next issue or two to get us on the same page. This one is definitely a bit more of a head scratcher than the last few issues.|