The Mighty Thor battles the stuff of nightmares and Donald Blake begins his trek toward godhood!
The Mighty Thor #14
The Mares have been released and they are running amok while those who come into contact with them get trapped in a communal dreamscape. Thor and Hreidmar are making their way through an ever shifting landscape in search for answers. Meanwhile, Donald Blake, now getting cozy with the Enchantress, is fed a golden apple. The power of the apples begins tearing him apart since he is not truly an immortal. Suddenly the pain stops. When Blake wonders why, he realizes that the Enchantress has decapitated him to witness the birth of a new god. In the dream world, Hredimar and Thor try to end the insanity by clearing their minds, but Thor is not able to and what appears is a zombie version of his worst nightmare – Odin.
This issue from Matt Fraction and Pepe Larraz continues the two stories moving side-by-side while introducing a subplot that I will get to in a moment. The two main stories involving Thor dealing with the Mares and Blake selling his soul to the Enchantress continue nicely. What’s interesting about these two stories that it’s hard to say exactly which one is really the main one. As the titular character handles a bunch of dream inducing monsters, he really ended up in that situation by accident. It wasn’t like Asgardia was attacked and he went to battle these things back. He broke open a sealed room that Odin had locked up and away the monsters. Thor’s own bravado and willingness to buck Odin’s rule landed him into this trouble.
However, is the story about Blake looking for a slice of godhood again really the main story? It’s the one that has the most interesting visuals and twists, but it hasn’t really taken over 50% or more of the last two issues. The odd relationship between the Enchantress and Blake makes this a fairly cool story. Blake’s motives are in question, as well they should be. Is he having a momentary lapse in judgment and missing that old life of his so much he’s willing to put everything is and what he could be in the hands of a woman that isn’t entirely known for being trustworthy? Is there more to it than just wanting to be a god again? These are questions I hope get answered as we move forward.
What’s interesting is that this issue includes a third story. A sub-subplot if you will. Here’s a kid who’s having troubles at home and at school. To avoid being beaten by his father, he runs away from home with only his most beloved possessions on his back. Who is this kid? What is his role later? What makes him interesting enough to break into two stories that are already rolling along? More questions I hope get answered sooner than later.
Overall, this is a pretty solid book. The two main stories are interesting enough. Thor being trapped in a dream world is a throwback to those old Thor books that dealt with weirder characters and plots. The Blake story has questions, but his own personal hell with the Enchantress is well done. In each story, Larraz’s art is solid. He’s created some cool monsters to represent the Mares and his portrayal of the Enchantress is certainly alluring.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|Interesting main stories with solid art. Questions about Blake’s decision to trust the Enchantress and why he wants to be a god again outside the shallowest reasons are there, but for good reason.||The emo-metal rocker kid story is a little strange to be wedged into a book with two already rolling stories, but I’ll wait and see what comes of it.|
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