Comic Book Review: Thor for Asgard #6 – Asgard Conclusion

Cover Art for Thor for Asgard #6

Story: Robert Rodi
Art: Simone Bianchi
Inks: Simone Bianchi and Andrea Silvestri

In a Nutshell

Thor for Asgard #6 is a downer. The problem with this issue is its failure to work out the problems that have beset Asgard right from the beginning of the series. This is supposed to be the finale, but the Asgardians are still beleaguered and about to suffer Ragnarök. We started this storyline with the Aesir facing the biggest threat of their lives and, six issues later, they are in a far worse predicament. Odin is still lost in his quests while Balder is dead and Thor can’t seem to do anything concrete about Asgard’s troubles.

What's Cool

  • If there was one thing that changed in Thor, it was his newfound power to inspire his fellow Asgardians, particularly those who were already in Valhalla. Thor’s death and resurrection has given hope and revitalized the tenacity among the citizens of Asgard.
  • Art by Simone Bianchi is one of the reasons why I kept coming back for each issue of Thor for Asgard. His work evokes a larger-than-life feeling that befits Asgardian gods.
  • The scene in the last page of the comicbook, where at last Thor held his hammer Mjolnir, is a classic. The Thor fan in me can’t help but shed a tear.

What's Crap

  • As the finale, this issue reconciled nothing. Unless they come up with a follow-up mini-series, Thor for Asgard is nothing more than a dangling storyline.

The Bottom Line

This series gives readers a glimpse of Thor as Lord of Asgard. For the longest time, Odin has been the top honcho until Balder took over. But this time, it’s Thor’s turn. In the beginning, he felt that he was not capable of being Asgard’s king. In fact, he refused to take hold of his powerful hammer. But along the way, Thor learned to accept his destiny – that of being Asgard’s leader, as shown by his readiness to lift Mjolnir once again.

Comic Book Review: Ultimate Thor #4

Cover Art for Ultimate Thor #4

Story: Jonathan Hickman
Pencils: Carlos Pacheco
Inks: Dexter Vines, with Jeff Huet and Jason Paz

In a Nutshell

Thorlief Golmen, the European fellow who believes that he’s Thor is actually the latest reincarnation of the Thunder God. And Dr. Donald Blake turns out to be Balder. Crazy, right? But all these twists make Ultimate Thor #4 a very interesting read for this week.

All this time, the European Union Super Soldier High Command has been designing a new outfit for Thor. One of their scientists has also created a portable power unit capable of weather manipulation and even teleportation. Initially, the size of the machine was a problem. But at Thor’s suggestion, the scientists worked around this little snag by incorporating the machine inside a huge hammer-cum-axe, reminiscent of Beta Ray Bill’s hammer except the new one is made from what looks like indestructible steel.

Eight months later, the latest reincarnation of Thor – along with the newly reintroduced version of Captain America – has become the most recent addition to the Ultimates. And it does not take long for Thor’s deeds to get noticed. The Americans, through the versatile Nick Fury, tries to recruit the God of Thunder. At first, Thor says no.

Meanwhile, back in Germany, an old man named Helmutt goes to Norway and uses the long lost Asgardian runes to open a portal that frees Loki. In short, Loki has returned as a god while Balder and Thor have been reborn as mortals. As evil looms, Thor eventually reconsiders Nick Fury’s offer. And the first order of battle for the new Thunder God is none other than the Incredible Hulk, who now has stamped out Iron Man and Captain America.

What's Cool

  • This issue blew my mind off. Awesome finish for Ultimate Thor series.
  • Excellent cover art by Carlos Pacheco and Dexter Vines.
  • Eye-popping color work.
  • Now, I know how Loki got out of the Room with No Doors, one less loose end for me to puzzle over.

What's Crap

  • The timelines in this issue can be confusing, moving forwards and backwards. Damn, the comicbook spine has been worn-out in one sitting.
  • I still love Thor with his classic Mjolnir and not with a hammer combined with an axe blade.
  • Thor authoring books and involved in speaking engagements? C’mon!

The Bottom Line

Ultimate Thor #4 is a fitting finale for the series. As a matter of fact, I think issue #4 is the best in the series. It’s just fun to read and Carlos Pacheco’s artwork… well, it brought down the house. I can’t wait for a new collaboration between Jonathan Hickman and Carlos Pacheco.