THOR GOD SIZED #1

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Despite being exclusive to their own little niche of the Marvel
Universe, Thor’s supporting characters have always been spectacles in
their own rights. Great and wise Odin, mischievous (and voluptuous)
Loki, brave and beautiful Balder, ominous and omnipresent Heimdall, fat
Volstaag, etc.

But do you recall the bravest executioner of them all?

In the current world of Asgard, trouble and light amnesia are afoot. It
appears that Thor, Loki, and Balder have all forgotten about a god long
gone. All three have their own idea, but neither are right. The three
children of Odin decide to go on a journey across ‘Gards and ‘Heims
until they can finally get some answers as to not only why they can’t
remember who was Skurge, but why reality has been suddenly and
coincidentally gone an-influxin’.

It’d be understandable if people have grown weary of the constant
one-shots of Thor; it seems like months have passed since Thor #11 was
released. (Actually it’s just been one and a half, but no matter.)
Personally I have been enjoying every Thor-related issue the man has
done, and only wish Marvel would make haste with the main title’s
issues so we can reach #600. Though Fraction’s Thor-related
accomplishments have been praised numerous times, this one is
noteworthy of how well he delves into the psyche of Balder and Loki, as
well as their brother and liege.

The art, of course, is amazing. I wish Thor could always be illustrated
in ways that Braithwaite and Sepulveda do. The retro aesthetic brought
by Mike Allred was also pleasing and amusing, as it reminded everyone
that inside that gorgeous façade lies a frail weasel of a frost giant.

After Fraction’s stellar installment comes the legendary issue #362
done by the equally legendary Walter Simonson, the Chris Claremont of
Thor. The incredible power and emotion that the man brought to the God
of Thunder can be summed by what many consider to be one of the
greatest individual pages of comics of all time, Skurge’s final stand at Gjallerbru.

This issue is essential to any Thor fan, despite him being a background
character for the most part of this issue. If or when you celebrate
this winter, raise a glass to those who have fallen, and to those that
tell and illustrate their stories masterfully.

Story: 5 - Excellent
Art: 5 - Excellent

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