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Review of Thor 9 (4.5 stars) June 3, 2008

Posted by lotrking in Comic Book Reviews, L O S T.
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Overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Despite this being a mainly supporting cast issue, this might be the best one so far. This isn’t to say that Thor’s friends are more interesting than him, quite the contrary, rather that JMS’ writing is so strong that he can produce a spectacular issue even without his title character. In fact, the opening panel shows Thor just as he is leaving (perhaps to make his appearance in Invincible Iron Man 2 😉 ) and Loki approaches Balder. Balder, like most of Asgard, still does not trust Loki and he does his best to ignore her, but like any good fantasy villain, her treachery comes not from her powers or strength, but her venomous words that poison our heroes be degrees. Of course, there are some that see right through her trickery, as Fandral rejects her words with a witty remark.

Eventually, Balder sees some wisdom (though false) in her words, and goes to engage some loose Frost Giants that Loki has notified him about. (Of course, said Frost Giants are actually working for Loki.) Next, we get a lot of humor as “Little Bill” finally decides to take Kelda up on her offer to visit Asgard. I’m not sure what cracked me up more, Bill’s attempt at his “floral delivery,” or the Asgardians’ attempts to understand basketball. Nonetheless, JMS provides us with more of the society-clashing hilarity that I have come to love from this book.

Finally, we see the ramifications of Balder’s and Loki’s Frost Giant battle, as the authorities intervene and laws of the gods clash with the laws of men. Eventually it takes Thor to clear everything up with the “mortals,” as he states his displeasure with Balder’s hastiness and reminds him that the laws of mortals must be better understood before there are major interactions with their world. Of course, Balder hears more excuse to take away his supposed freedom, and therefore is more inclined to believe Loki. At the end, we get a big reveal as Loki informs Balder that he is really the son of Odin and half-brother of Thor, and has just as much right to the throne. All I can say is that Loki is one talented schemer. JMS excels at giving this series a classical mythological feel while maintaining the elements of a modern day superhero comic, and most importantly, being downright entertaining. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: anyone who is not already reading this series needs to at least look into it, as this is quite possibly Marvel’s best ongoing. (Also, apologies if this post sounds somewhat less coherent than normal, I am very tired as I write this.)