Review by: Jaredan

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Avg Rating: 3.4
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Story by Matt Fraction
Art by Stuart Immonen & Wade Von Grawbadger
Cover by Stuart Immonen & Billy Tan

Size: pages
Price: 3.99

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Story: 1 - Poor
Art: 5 - Excellent


  1. I don’t really buy much Marvel. I don’t buy much of anything anymore since I’m unemployed at the moment.  But after seeing Thor and Captain America I got the urge to read about these characters, and what better way than in a book with them and other characters.

    So I bought issues 1-5 and read them in one sitting. Boy was the story bad, but my god the art was just amazing. There is no logic to the plot, at least not in any way that I could see in 5 issues. I guess Matt Fraction is one of Marvel’s top writers, but seriously this had no emoton, no character development just plot points.

    Bucky died, yet the aftermath seemed to done in a  very subdude way. No Cap next to Bucky? Odin demands everyone to leave earth, locks up Thor, then after a couple of panels allows Thor to fight on earth. Huh? Iron Man is pretty much absent for most of this, popping up later to. . . drink and yell at Odin. Who allows Stark to make weapons on Asgard. (The cover gives that away) But when did Stark forget about his alcohol pProblem. Or having not read much Marvel did I miss a story some where?

    This was nothing more than a collection of moments strung together on a paper thin plot. I can guess what happens in 6 & 7. Iron Man brings those Asgard weapons back, they fight more, the serpent loses with maybe another character death. And maybe asgard joins in the battle.


  2. @Rbigley: “Bucky died, yet the aftermath seemed to done in a  very subdude way. No Cap next to Bucky?”

    Knowing Marvel, they’re probably waiting to do a $4.99 “Bucky: Requiem” one-shot or something… 😉

  3. So little character development occurs it’s astounding. What do we know about the Serpent as a character beyond the surface details? And I still cannot abide the way Cap, Thor and Spider-Man are represented.
    I know it’s partly nerd rage but I am so tired of lazy characterisation in popular culture. When I think “Summer Blockbuster” I go to Dark Knight Returns not Transformers.
    Being an event doesn’t make a bad story, bad writing does. 

  4. Or The Dark Knight. I need sleep.

  5. Good review.  Maybe Fraction is completely out of ideas.  Having the heroes quit is the absolute last resort – and completely absurd.

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