Has Loki betrayed the Mighty Thor and the rest of Asgardia?
The Mighty Thor #20
After tossing Thor into the a sea of fire, Loki returns to Asgardia to find out what he’s missed. When the World Tree has one of the mechanized cities of the Manchester Gods tearing out of it, the tide starts to turn quite negatively for the Asgardians. In Niffleheim, Heimdall is overrun by Asgardians who have been transformed into warriors for the Manchester Gods and Surtur, ultimately assimilating him as well. As he leads the charge toward Asgardia, we learn that each of the nine realms have been overrun with the Jotuns already transformed into grotesque cybernetic beings. As Asgardia comes under siege, Loki reveals that he and Volstagg had once used the Destroyer in the war against the Serpent, angering the other two Warriors Three. With dissension all around, Loki reports back to Surtur, but as the fire demon goes on and on about burning everything, Loki makes off with twilight’s shadow. Anticipating Loki’s betrayal, Surtur unleashes the hel-wolf to track down and kill Loki.
This fourth part of the big “Everything Burns” arc is actually kind of dark. Matt Fraction and Kieron Gillen keep some of the humor that can be expected from the young Loki, but this plays out kind of like Empire Strikes Back did for the original Star Wars trilogy. The heroes are on the defensive with no real clear sign of victory. Plus, defeated soldiers are being transformed into agents of Surtur almost like a zombie apocalypse. Thor seems overwhelmed and unable to free himself. That’s not even mentioning that his relationship with Loki is strained at best. Things appear to be on the path to complete ruin.
Then we have a little ray of hope from Loki. After all, he’s only doing what he knows people expect from him because it’s what he does best – trick the hell out of people. In the previous part to this story, Loki had told the “fake” Leah that his real personality was ready to come out and help Surtur burn everything. Fans of Journey Into Mystery recoiled hoping one of their very favorite of characters was playing yet another ruse. In this issue, our hopes may have paid off and it certainly helps make this story that much more fun to read.
Now we have only a couple issues remaining before this major storyline comes to a close. Is Loki seeing salvation for the the nine realms by allowing for everyone to be consumed by Surtur? Does he have even more tricks up his sleeve to play before making his final move?
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|Fun, exciting, and twisting, this plot has really shown what Fraction and Gillen can do with their ability with characters. Even as a bleak issue, there are some lighthearted moments to enjoy. Alan Davis’ art is pretty great.||Would have liked to have know more about Surtur’s engel-craft and how it’s being used in conjunction with the Manchester Gods to assimilate other beings.|
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