A ghastly vision of Odin haunts The Mighty Thor and that emo kid from last issue does something…
The Mighty Thor #15
Donald Blake beholds the godly being the Enchantress has created from his remains. In the communal nightmare, Thor battles a giant version of Odin. In Broxton, Jeff (the runaway emo rocker) enters town and finds it’s overrun by the mares. He’s eventually sucked into the dream world as well with everything else the monsters have encountered. While Thor battles Odin, Jeff is taken to the Dire Monks who use him to call upon a hero to save them. Odin and Thor appear to fall by being crushed by the ceiling, but Thor emerges as “the Deconsecrator”, a satanic meast that graces the cover of his band’s first album.
I’m not sure if I accidentally bought an old Kiss Psycho Circus issue that perhaps crossed over with Thor or not. This is a fairly weird issue. The idea of the nightmare world is kinda cool. It’s what I would expect out of a Thor comic. That’s always been the draw for me – that weirdness that comes from what you need to do to keep a cast of characters from a mystical world of gods fresh. Pepe Larraz’s art is a fitting contribution to Matt Fraction’s story. Visually, the strangeness of the monsters and the nightmare world works wonders for the story. Even the horrific scenes with Blake and the Enchantress seems to be ripped from a nightmare itself. Perhaps one of those monsters has Donald Blake? I’m just speculating on that since he specifically comments on this being a nightmare, but it might just be a parallel.
The ending bothered me quite a bit. I found myself thinking to myself “Please don’t let this turn out how I think… Please don’t make this kid out to be some rock n’ roll hero…” When I saw that last page, my heart sank a little bit. I’m not talking about it sinking over a concern for our hero, Thor, but instead, over how horribly 90s this Deconsecrator was. This hair band, emo reject derailed an issue that really had some things going for it. I much rather had more with this gross, slimy god thing that Donald Blake had become. I much rather had seen Thor topple Odin only for another much worse thing to come along.
This story is still something that has a lot going for it, but that last page, and all of the subplot of the Jeff character really wasn’t doing it for me.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|Trippy and creepy in the Blake/Enchantress scenes and decent action in the nightmare realm. Solid art outing by Larraz which saves the book.||The Jeff character’s story is predictable and lame and a last page that made me cringe.|
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