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The Mighty Thor #21: Review

Oct 2012
Matt Fraction, Alan Davis

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Everything Burns, Part the Sixth: Everything Burns

Review & Comments

5 stars

The Mighty Thor #21 Review by (October 21, 2012)
Review: And so it ends. Honest confession: I had no idea what was going on for much of this issue. That isn’t the fault of Fraction and Gillen, it comes from my unfamiliarity with the recent issues of the two titles. I know why Loki is a boy (and he’s more entertaining than he has been in some time) and why the All-Mother, not Odin, is on the throne. But I have no idea who Wilson and the Manchester Gods are or what this whole thing about Leah being written into a story is all about and so the parts of the intricate plot that revolve around these characters baffled me completely. And where did Son of Satan come from on the last page? If I ever find out what’s going on, I promise I’ll revise the synopsis and maybe re-review the story; for now, the whole thing looks epic and dramatic (though a bit rushed), especially with Alan Davis’ art making everything look cool.

Comments: Story continues from JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #644 and is continued in JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #645.Cameos by Sif and the Warriors Three.

Updated Review: Truly epic in all of its parts—if it wasn’t just a remake of the Loki parts of FEAR ITSELF and yet another appearance of Surtur as the Big Bad. Otherwise, pretty cool.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

The Mighty Thor #21 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Story continues from JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #644.

The enraged Surtur pursues the fleeing Loki and Leah into a cave which he systematically breaks apart intending their destruction. As their position seems hopeless, Leah leans toward Loki for a tender goodbye kiss, but Loki is distracted—by the arrival of Thor leading the armies of Hel. As the Thunder God and his mounted warriors engage the giant Fire Demon, Loki teleports himself and Leah to Otherworld where they meet Wilson of the Manchester Gods. Loki explains to Wilson that as the Manchester Gods are Surtur’s means of destroying the Nine Worlds, Otherworld is also threatened. Wilson decides to sacrifice everything he and his people have striven for and casts a spell which destroys all of the Engel-Engines across the Nine Worlds. Seeing this, Surtur and his forces redouble their efforts against Thor’s army. As the Thunder God is hurled at Loki’s feet he demands to know what his brother has done. Loki then produces the shadow of Surtur’s sword and Thor combines it with Mjolnir to create a superweapon. The question of what happens to Surtur’s power when he is destroyed is still a pressing one—and Thor realizes it will mean the return of Odin, a thought which dismays, then oddly pleases him…. Disguised as Freyja, Loki and Leah (her atop his shoulders and dressed in the Queen’s helmet and cloak) trick Odin from exile. When Thor slays the Demon with his own shadowsword, unleashing all of his fire energy, Odin is there to drain it off harmlessly into another dimension. Later, the All-Mother scolds Thor and Loki for disturbing Odin in his exile, but they have a strong defense: Asgardia remains.

Epilogue: In Leah’s cave, Loki and Leah discover the injured Daimon Hellstrom ranting about Mephisto’s scheme to become King of All Hells. Since this builds on another scheme of Loki’s, he wonders why this came back to haunt him at the same time as the Surtur problem. He wonders where Ikol, his adult spirit in a raven’s body, has gone to; Leah informs him that the bird never existed outside his head. As Loki takes this all in, he excuses himself and leaves, "I may be gone for some time."

Alan Davis
Mark Farmer
Javier Rodríguez
Alan Davis (Cover Penciler)
Mark Farmer (Cover Inker)
Javier Rodríguez (Cover Colorist)
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Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Loki Laufeyson)
Son of Satan
Son of Satan

(Daimon Hellstrom)


Plus: All-Mother (Freyja, Gaia, Idunn), Bill Junior, Kelda, Leah of Hel, Manchester Gods, Surtur (Surtur the Fire Demon).

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