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Immortal Thor #6: Review

Jan 2024
Al Ewing, Martin Coccolo

Story Name:

The Teller of the Tale

Review & Comments

Rating:
4 stars

Immortal Thor #6 Review by (January 25, 2024)
Review: A quirky issue features an old tale with new commentary by Thor and Loki with the surprise ending that this is a comic book read by the series’ villains. A doubly meta adventure is kind of cool but layering meaning on meaning can be a bit confusing. As usual, we sometimes don’t know where Al Ewing is going until we get there. Nice art by Martin Coccolo has a more dynamic style than the original and moves along nicely in the base tale; it’s hard to make the conversation bits interesting though. 

Comments: The story is a retelling of the first part of THOR #272, which in turn was based on an authentic Norse tale of Thor. Issue includes a tribute to production leader Alison Gill on her retirement after 40 years in the comics industry, including 24 years at DC; a drawing by Alan Davis portrays her with several characters she was associated with.  






 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Immortal Thor #6 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Thor and Loki sit together as the latter conjures up a yew-fire to see a tale from Thor’s past. He must confront his mother Gaia about her deal with the Elder Gods and he needs to know the truth before he sees her….

Thor and Loki are cast back to their youth on a day when they discovered a bridge over the river Vimur which had never been there before. Thor is eager to cross the bridge to see what they find; the cowardly Loki is reluctant but Thor smacking him on the head is enough to motivate him. They cross the bridge and enter a dark scary forest and come to an ornate iron gate. Thor again “persuades” the fearful Loki to enter. Seeking shelter, they come upon a cave which is quite unusual inside. There are five chambers branching off the main room and the walls seem to be made of leather. And then they discover they are in a giant’s glove. The nameless giant names himself for them, “Skrymir,” He offers them food while he takes a nap. Though the giant said the bag was loosely tied, Thor and Loki cannot open it no matter how they try. Angered, Thor takes his mighty ax Jarnbjorn and strikes Skrymir in the head. The giants awakens, thinking a leaf or acorn had dropped on his head. And they come upon the giant’s home: Utgardhall….

And then we see that this adventure is in a comic book, THOR #272, and the readers are Dario “the Minotaur” Agger, the Enchantress, and the Executioner….




Martin Coccolo
Martin Coccolo
Matthew Wilson
Alex Ross (Cover Penciler)
Alex Ross (Cover Inker)
Alex Ross (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Joe Sabino.

Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Executioner
Executioner

(Skurge)
Loki
Loki

(Loki Laufeyson)
Thor
Thor

(Odinson)

Plus: Dario Agger (Minotaur).

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