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The Mighty Thor #19: Review

Sep 2012
Matt Fraction, Alan Davis

Story Name:

Everything Burns, Part the Second: The Kindling

Review & Comments

Rating:
4 stars

The Mighty Thor #19 Review by (September 8, 2012)
Review: The dark and grim Part One gives way to the bright a colorful part two—which seems an odd decision: why does this all-disaster issue look so sunny and cheerful? But I prefer Alan Davis’ art, so the action itself is nice. The story moves ahead minimally (wow, Thor decides to fight the enemy!) though with those multiple endings we have a great deal of plot threads laid down for the coming episodes. A couple of puzzling points: one is my fault. Since I don’t regularly follow this titles I have no idea what “the promised royal heir was never born, the All-Mother became three, true unity was never achieved” means—which doesn’t stop me from adding it to a synopsis. The other point lies with the writer: Sif is aghast at the idea that Freyja’s father would give his own daughter to marry his enemy just to seal a peace treaty! Uh, Sif? That was pretty common practice for thousands of years—or were you born in late 20th century America like your writer? Anyway, the ending is epic—or so I assume since I don’t really know who Leah is. She must be cool: she gets a full page scowling reveal!

Comments: Story continues from JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #642 and is continued in JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #643. Title page is designed to resemble a 19th century theatrical playbill. Odin appears only in flashback. Fun Fact: All the women of the Nine Worlds wear the same shade of lipstick.

Updated Review: Everything still goes, only now I realize that the part about the promised heir doesn’t refer to anything that has gone before. And now that I know who Leah is, I am stunned by that climax!




 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

The Mighty Thor #19 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Story continues from JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #642

As Loki flees those who would imprison him, Thor battles the Warriors Three in his defense. After defeating his comrades-in-arms, he faces the combined might of all the warriors of Asgard but Heimdall calls them to their senses by reminding them of their common enemy: Surtur, who would burn all the Nine Worlds. The three women comprising the All-Mother volunteer to go quietly into custody to further heal the rift. Thor rallies both the Aesir and the Vanir to combine their might into a single army led by the Thunder God himself. Thor leads his forces into battle across the Nine Worlds, but they are unable to win a decisive victory against their fiery for. In Niffleheim, Thor locates the absent Loki, who has been fleeing the unjust blame of all Asgard….

In Asgard, Sif visits the All-Mother and asks how these events have all come to pass. Freyja responds by relating how Odin had proposed a truce between the Aesir and the Vanir by offering to marry her. The promised royal heir was never born, the All-Mother became three, true unity was never achieved and now Surtur is exploiting that uneasy alliance to destroy them all….

In the absence of the All-Mother, Volstagg, Hogun, and Fandral draw straws to decide which of them must take the throne of Asgard in this time of crisis….

Loki visits Hela, Goddess of Death, to plead with her and Tyr to lend their forces to aid Asgard against Surtur. She refuses….

In Muspelheim, Surtur receives a report from his Herald, who outlines the next steps in the plot against Loki. The result will be that Loki will enter this realm and the Herald—unmasked as Leah of Hel—will have her revenge….

Story continues in JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #643


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Alan Davis
Mark Farmer
Chris Sotomayor
Alan Davis (Cover Penciler)
Mark Farmer (Cover Inker)
Javier Rodríguez (Cover Colorist)
Plot: .

Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Hela
Hela

(Goddess of Death)
Loki
Loki

(Loki Laufeyson)
Thor
Thor

(Odinson)
Warriors Three
Warriors Three

(Fandral, Hogun, Volstagg)

Plus: All-Mother (Freyja, Gaia, Idunn), Leah of Hel, Sif, Surtur (Surtur the Fire Demon), Tyr, Vanir.

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