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Thor #608: Review

May 2010
Kieron Gillen, Billy Tan

Story Name:

Siege: Ragnarok Part 2

Review & Comments

Rating:
3.5 stars

Thor #608 Review by (October 22, 2012)
Review: Now here’s where this story arc runs into trouble: if you aren’t reading the main series, you’re stuck. Where is Thor? Ares is dead? What causes Asgard to fall on the final pages? In the good old days, the editors would have provided footnotes, if not outright inserting them into the text, to keep things clear. Marvel abandoned that practice long ago, apparently figuring that they’ll sell more comics if they confuse the readers. They may be right. Anyway, it leaves the Thor issues feeling like deleted scenes from a larger epic, leaving us to pick up the context as we can. Other than that, heroic Volstagg makes the issue, kicking clone butt—a surprising turn of events to those of us who remember him as being nothing but a fat buffoon for decades.

Comments: The action runs parallel to that of SIEGE #3 from the death of Ares to the destruction of the city; Loki’s activities at this time are revealed in the one-shot SIEGE: LOKI. The artwork is split between two creative teams: Tan/Batt/Strain did the Volstagg plot; Elson and Hollingworth contributed the Tyr, Kelda, and Thor sections.




 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #608 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

As Norman Osborn’s forces are pushing back the defenders at the siege of Asgard, Heimdall discovers that he enemy leader, the Hood, bears the Norn Stones, increasing the attackers’ power. Balder and Heimdall set out to find Loki since it is obvious he is behind this, while Tyr leads the troops. But Tyr is paralyzed by Knut’s prophecy that the God of War will die that day….

In Broxton, Volstagg draws his sword and prepares to give battle to the Thor clone Ragnarok—but his hand is stayed by the memory of the disaster he caused in Chicago the last time he unleashed his power. Thus the clone easily bats him through the air. Volstagg flees leading the enemy away from the town….

The Lady Kelda explains the circumstances of Bill Junior’s death to his parents in their home. She hears a call for her to come out; it is Osborn’s H.A.M.M.E.R. forces demanding she surrender. She goes out to face them….

A fearful Tyr enters the House of Healing where he discovers the dead body of Ares, torn apart by the Sentry. Realizing Knut’s prophecy referred to the Greek God of War, he curses himself as a fool and a coward and returns to the battle. In the sky overhead, Thor is locked in combat with the mad Sentry. Tyr orders his men to retreat to lure the enemy into a trap while he takes on the Hood himself but the gangster unleashes the power of the Norn Stones and subdues Tyr….

Volstagg turns to face Ragnarok under the shadow of the floating city. The portly warrior proves to be almost a match for the evil clone. Ragnarok knocks Volstagg into a field several hundred yards away—just as the Sentry destroys the city and brings it crashing down on the Thor clone’s head….



Billy Tan
Matt Banning
Matt Hollingsworth
Mico Suayan (Cover Penciler)
Mico Suayan (Cover Inker)
Laura Martin (Cover Colorist)


Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Balder
Balder

(Balder the Brave)
Thor
Thor

(Odinson)
Warriors Three
Warriors Three

(Fandral, Hogun, Volstagg)

Plus: Kelda, Thor Clone.

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