“Kid” Loki’s quest to the Serpent’s stronghold in the underworld concludes with dire results!

Story by Kieron Gillen
Art by Whilce Portacio, Doug Braithwaite & Allen Martinez
Colors by IFS - Arif Prianto, John Rauch & Ulises Arreola
Letters by Clayton Cowles
Cover by Stephanie Hans

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Avg Rating: 3.8
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  1. Yay! We’re finally going to see where all of this is going. Shame that there seems to be too many artists in this one issue.

    Also, Kieron Gillen was uber-nice at NYCC this week. I think I was the first person to talk to him on Friday so he was kinda alone at artist alley. We chatted for like, 5mins about the book and he has some great ideas for the next couple of years.

    • I’d like to second that comment about Gillen. I met him at the Marvel booth Saturday afternoon of the convention and had a very pleasant, if brief, conversation about the book and its post Fear Itself direction. Both his excitement for the series, as well as his friendliness towards this fan made for a postive impression . . .

  2. Gross, Whilce Portacio. Well, at least I know it’ll be well written.

    • I wouldn’t be quite so nasty. Whilce is a wonderful soul. I had the privilege of meeting him a couple years ago at a convention in Denver, and with a long line of fans he took the time to chat with every single one. He’s a wonderful artist. I can’t say I’ve enjoyed his work on this book either, but that is no reason to be snarky.

    • Don’t be snarky? Uh, cahubble09, have you met the comic book fan base?

  3. What an incredible arc this has been!! Absolutely the best story to come out of Fear Itself (and definitely can be read separately from that event with no problem)
    Really glad Braithwaite is back this issue though. Gillen’s writing has been top-notch throughout but the two have been a perfect pair for this book.

  4. I hope all tge awesome recap pages on this title are included in the collected edition! It’ll be a shame if they aren’t cause I’m sure that this will be a book that lots of people will ultimately be buying in trade.

  5. Super excited to see how this arc ends up, it’s been a really cool ride so far so I’m hoping the ending is just as good (it will be, of coarse Gillen’s a fantastic writer).

  6. i LOVE this book. I am starting to miss Thor a bit though, but i’d rather die than pick up a fraction Thor book.

  7. I like this, but I think I am going to drop it after this issue. My pull list is getting too big and while this is good I am enjoying most of my other books more.

  8. The ending was….a little weird. In a good way!

    I wasn’t sure where Gillen was going to take it and overall it is a good thing. The way Loki changes the battle in Thor’s favor very was clever, if a little unorthodox for a comic book. (Probably the only time you’ll see someone use a pen to finish a battle rather then a sword) It worked though for me and Loki’s overall attitude in the end definitely showed how much character growth he’s had since the beginning. The art though was a bit rough at times. Portacio definitely improved from last time but there were still some wonky faces. Loki looked like the old, middle aged Loki at times. Also, why couldn’t Braithwaite do the entire art? At least his placement makes sense as a flashback rather then just random pages.

    Even with some hang ups on the art this was a solid finale for the arc. Can’t wait to see some Volstagg action next week!


  9. I wish Keiron Gillen wrote all of Fear Itself. It would have been so much better.

  10. Kieron Gillen just tweeted the best tag line for this issue:


    • I was trying to avoid the temptation to go all META on this issue, but, damn, that is one perfect tag line. Thanks for sharing . . . Oh, and since no one else has said it, yet: thanks Hans for another super cover . . .

  11. Man, Portacio’s art was TERRIBLE… and this STILL RULED. That is some strong writing for ya. Easily the best part of Fear Itself. I loved the ending.

  12. I think I should just auto-set iFanboy to push the POTW button under this title for me every month.

    It was a shame Braithwaite couldn’t finish the story with the incredible art that we’ve seen for most of it, but even with Portacio this was an incredibly satisfying ending to this part of Li’l Loki’s story. I love that he pretty much fails in all he was trying to do and still has to pay the consequences. It’s tragic, it’s compelling and it’s just straight-up good comics.


  13. This series has gotten really average for me. I don’t have room for average on my pull list any more.

  14. The way the story-telling changed for this last chapter did not quite work for me. And, as usual of late, Whilce’s second issue out was much rougher than his first. I think even sporadic monthly art is not for him right now. Still love this book, but this was my first meh of the bunch.

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