Thor and Loki battle a World Tree on fire as “Everything Burns”!
Journey Into Mystery #642
In Vanaheim, the original home of Freya, an emissary of Surtur hopes to appeal to Gullveig, the Steward of this realm, to rise up against Asgardia and offers her an amazing army to help her rebel. As Gullveig and her army burn down an altar signifying peace between Asgard and Vanaheim, Thor arrives with an Asgardian army to battle Gullveig’s forces. When Loki recognizes the army given Gullveig is made from technology of the Manchester Gods, he reveals all his plots and plans to Thor. Thor tells Loki the two of them will make things right, but instead they find even the Asgardians have risen up against Freya, forcing Thor to lash out against his brethren protect his young brother.
After looking at the prologue that was in The Mighty Thor #18, you kind of got a real good feeling that “Everything Burns” had the makings to be a cool story. This first true part to the actual story continues to make me believe that this last hurrah of Matt Fraction and Kieron Gillen is going to pay off nicely. In a relatively quick, but well structured way, the writers sow those seeds of anger paranoia really nicely. Surtur’s manipulating all the pieces into place setting things up for what’s likely to be Thor and Loki against everyone and everything!
Everything from those seeds of dissent to how Carmine di Giandomenico’s grand-scale art hits us with war and drama ends up playing out like war drums beating harder and harder ushering everyone to war. It’s so well paced and builds and builds excellently until finally Thor has no other choice than to fight off his own allies to ensure his and Loki’s safety. I just love how this issue is put together.
My favorite page in this whole book is completely black to the except of white words reading “Asgardian Wisdom”. I’d bet everything on that being a Gillen-influenced page. Freya is trying to defend her actions for having Loki do some things discreetly. She’s about to go into a big explanation when we get the black page. We return to everyone angry and ready to take her off in chains. It’s a purely brilliant page that gives us all a chance to chuckle before the real heavy stuff takes off.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|Nicely paced with a cadence building to what’s sure to be a big time war story. Great art from di Giandomenico. Hilarious blank page bypassing a long-winded defense.||None. Great start to what should be a great last story from these two Thor creators.|
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