Surtur is on the march, but can The Mighty Thor rally the Asgardians to fight back?
The Mighty Thor #19
To protect Loki from being lynched, Thor is battling the other Asgardians. Thor holds his own well against the Warriors Three, but just before the rest of the Asgardians dog pile him, Heimdall breaks it up with a vision of nothing but flames. While the All Mother locks themselves away for safety, Thor leads the Asgardians on a Worlds Tour to fight back the uprisings. Thor finally tracks down the fleeing Loki in Niffleheim. Loki tells his brother that he needs to speak to Hela. Sif sneaks off to speak with the All Mother about what the cause of all the anger from Vanaheim. In Hel, Hela declines to assist Asgardia despite Loki’s begging. In Muspelheim, Surtur is approached by the servant who was able to rally the Vanir to attack Asgardia. She tells him that she’s certain Loki will be coming to face Surtur soon because she reveals herself to us as someone who knows him better than anyone else…
Matt Fraction and Kieron Gillen continue to weave their big Thor/Journey Into Mystery crossover nicely. This issue is not at all short on action or suspense. We continue to get pieces of the history between the anger between the Vanir and the Aesir. We have a continuation of Loki’s typical scheming. Thor’s seen as the classic leader of the Asgardians as he seems to snap his brother and sisters out of the paranoia that has them ready to take down one of their queens. All around, it’s a nicely paced and well crafted story. There’s even a decent surprise waiting fans on the last page.
When it comes to that surprise ending, I am a little bit on the fence about it. I’d rather this be a full story to feature this returning character, but on the other hand, there may not need to be a whole book to feature the full story of the return. A well-written couple of scenes could be all it needs, but it’s a tricky situation based on how that person was last seen. I’m curious how it will be dealt with, but I’m also cautious. I’m also a tad disappointed in the scene between Thor and Loki which kind of seems like the same type of scene between the two characters in the previous installment of the story. It really didn’t do much other than have the exposition of Loki going to speak to Hela. That could have happened between Loki and Ikol instead of rehashing the same basic conversation had last issue.
The art from Alan Davis is about as good as you can expect from him. He’s done some great work with the Thor characters and worlds. He was the artist in the Siege aftermath story Avengers: Prime and that classic style he brought to the characters was a breath of fresh air. To see him back in this large story on The Mighty Thor side is pretty awesome. He just has a way about these characters that is so classic Thor in appearance.
The art in this book is top notch from a classic artist. The story by Fraction and Gillen is still bringing the excitement despite a couple things I had to raise my eyebrow at. Overall, it’s still every bit as exciting as it appeared to be from the very beginning.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|Art and a nicely paced story that’s full of tension, suspense, and action. Surprise final page.||Cliffhanger might have been a bit much based on the character’s last appearance. Extra scene of Thor and Loki talking about the same thing they did in the previous part.|
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