“Everything Burns” marks the final major storyline for The Mighty Thor and Journey Into Mystery before changes come.
The Mighty Thor #18
In Broxton, churches are burning uncontrollably. Even Thor’s weather making abilities can’t put them out. As magpies fall from the sky aflame, Loki ponders if this was his doing. Finally settling on the idea that this has nothing to do with him, he goes to Asgardia where Freya tells him of a nightmare she had concerning her father and a pact with Surtur, the all-powerful fire demon. In Valhalla, Bill and Kelda watch the World Tree burn.
Matt Fraction and Kieron Gillen team up for a major story tying their two series together for one last hurrah. For me, it’s hard to read Thor comics without drawing some comparisons to the amazing run by Walt Simonson of the 80s or the great run by Dan Jurgens in in the late 90s into the 2000s. Those stories were so big and dealt with so many massive threats and stories. There was a larger than life quality to them that matched the godly hero.
This story looks to have that feel. This is just the prologue to the man story and it already has an epic scope to it. It goes from Asgardia to Broxton to an eternity ago to Valhalla. Having genuinely liked Fractions run on this series and loving what Kieron Gillen can bring to any comic, I’m thoroughly excited to see what is going to happen next. I guess you can say this prologue is succeeding in its intent to get readers excited. You have a feeling that a lot of stories are coming to a head and things aren’t going to end up so great by the time these eight issues run their course. It’s a perfect set up for a big story.
For art, wow. Asking Alan Davis to take on this task in these last few issues of the series was an excellent move. He’s an old time artist who has a knack for these big stories. His Thor looks every bit like you’d expect the God of Thunder to look. His Surtur is menacing and imposing. His landscapes are beautiful and large. While Davis will be stepping aside to do colors for the Journey Into Mystery parts of the story, it’s still great to see him lending his incredible talents to both sides of the story.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|Great set up for the big story. Fantastic art from Davis. Leaves you wanting to see what comes next as the story begins.||None|
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