MIGHTY THOR #6

Review by: keith7198

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Story by Matt Fraction
Art by Olivier Coipel, Mark Morales, Dexter Vines & Cam Smith
Colors by Laura Martin
Letters by Joe Sabino
Cover by Olivier Coipel, Mark Morales, Laura Martin, John Romita Jr., Klaus Janson & Dean White

Size: 0 pages
Price: 3.99

In “The Mighty Thor” #6, Matt Fraction’s underwhelming story of Thor versus Galactus reaches it’s conclusion. This idea should have been a guaranteed success. I mean who doesn’t want to see Thor face off against Galactus? Unfortunately the series has been mired in mediocrity and has never really reached the height of the concept. That being said, Fraction’s finale may be the best issue of the arc even though it features some of the same problems.

Everything wraps up fairly tidy in this issue. It’s just been a laborious journey getting here. The beginning of the book is all over the place. It has a convoluted start hurt even more by it’s clunky dialogue. It wasn’t until the action died down at the half way point of the book that I had a feel for what was going on. But that’s when the issue picks up. The story take a more diplomatic turn and Fraction’s writing seems to be more structured and thought out. The final solution wasn’t something that really worked for me but it does offer an interesting new direction for one prominent character.

Much like the earlier issues, Olivier Coipel’s art doesn’t quite live up to his past work. The characters look consistent and the book has Coipel’s signature artistic flare to it. But while the layouts are cool and inventive, they are sometimes confusing and erratic particularly in the first half of the book. This makes understanding what’s going on a chore. Much like the story, Coipel’s work gets stronger during the second half of the issue offering a better cohesion and structure. It’s not a bad looking issue. But the art should never hinder the storytelling and Coipel’s work was a stumbling block early into the book.

This series would qualify as a big disappointment. When I heard that Galctus and Thor would be throwing down and Fraction and Coipel were running the show, I knew we were in for something special. But here at the end I feel letdown. The story and the art just never live up to it’s potential. Even though this is a pretty good final issue this wasn’t the memorable arc I first thought it would be.

Story: 3 - Good
Art: 3 - Good

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