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Reivew of Thor 7 (4.5 stars) March 24, 2008

Posted by lotrking in Comic Book Reviews.
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Overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Another insanely awesome issue for Thor! This issue picks up shortly after the last one left off; the Asgardians have found Thor in his weakened state, and are quickly rushing him into the heart of Asgard. Fandral seeks Falki who brings something that looks like a enchanted stone coffin, into which Thor plans to enter. Within, Thor can enter the “Odinsleep,” a state between life and death which will restore his strength, the only catch is that the amount of time this will take is unknown, and the “coffin” can only be opened from the inside. Right before Thor enters, he leaves Balder in charge. As the door shuts, the real surprise begins, as Donald Blake appears. The explanation is that since Thor is neither alive nor dead, Donald can now exist separate from him, similar to when Thor was in “the Void.”

Donald travels to New York, to meet someone who can help him find Jane Foster. It never shows who he meets, at first it sounded like Tony Stark (who else would be caught somewhere “without trousers”?), but then I realized that Stark knows who Donald Blake is, and that Asgard is in Oklahoma. Perhaps Wolverine? (Another likely trouser-less candidate.) The real question is, who is this Jane Foster, and why does Don think that she can help Thor? Perhaps she is the mortal that Sif was bonded to? If so, what would make Don realize this only after Thor had entered the Odinsleep? Seeing as this is only a two-part arc, I’m hoping we’ll find out next issue.

Meanwhile in the Odinsleep, Thor confronts his father’s ravens who question why Thor did not seek out Odin earlier. The ravens point Thor to a valley, in which Odin is locked in a seemingly eternal battle with Surtur. Odin slays Surtur, while sustaining heavy wounds himself, only to tell Thor that the wounds would be gone and Surtur would return come morning. Odin poses the same question to Thor as the ravens, and calls Thor’s answer an excuse. Odin then goes on to tell a story explaining why Thor’s actions are understandable. I know a bit about Norse mythology, but not too much, so I don’t know how much of Odin’s “origin story” is actual myth and how much is Straczynski, but not only is it a tragic story, it is also a beautiful one. Even if JMS pulled this whole thing from a mythology encyclopedia, it was a wonderfully written retelling, and if it was mostly his imagination, he is all the more a better writer in my book. Likewise, Djurdjevic’s art was perfect in its storytelling. As much as Coipel’s art is beautiful, Djurdjevic’s art is epic. I would really love to see these two take turns as Thor’s penciler. Odin’s entire story was insanely well drawn, I’d love to see Djurdjevic draw something like “Marvel Illustrated: Beowulf.” (Hint, hint Marvel! 😉 ) The issue ends with the end of Odin’s tale, so we will have to wait for Thor’s reaction and decisions next issue, and personally, I can’t wait!

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