Monday, January 24, 2011

Thor #619

While I've been enjoying the new creative team's take on Thor, and I'm thrilled that they've finally returned Odin to Asgard, I have to admit that this issue didn't really work for me.

That's mostly because the entire story seems to grind to a halt while everyone stands around talking. Odin talks about the powerful menace that's closing in on Asgard, the kid who is apparently Loki gets scared and runs, Thor goes after him, and there's more discussion.

The only action in the book is an ill-advised battle near the end of the issue, and it's distasteful for completely different reasons.

Still, next issue promises a big confrontation and perhaps a wrap-up to this storyline as we get ready for the reboot of Thor into a new issue #1.

The art by Pasqual Ferry continues to be terrific, although at times the panel arrangements can be a bit tricky to follow. Still, powerful and lyrical work on display here.

And I like Matt Fraction's take on the Asgardians. They have a unique air about them, and while it doesn't make them particularly likeable (especially Odin), it is fun to read.

Even if this issue is a bit of a stumble, the series has been excellent overall, and I'm anxious to see how it all wraps up. Recommended!

Grade: A-


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