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Immortal Thor #1: Review

Aug 2023
Al Ewing, Martin Coccolo

Story Name:

All Weather Turns to Storm

Review & Comments

4.5 stars

Immortal Thor #1 Review by (August 23, 2023)
Review: New series gets off to an epic start by introducing the gods who would judge Thor. It seems this run will be as apocalyptic as Ewing’s IMMORTAL HULK which also placed the familiar hero against an unfamiliar canvas and started repainting his history. I will admit, I didn’t always follow what was going on in the Hulk series as it grew more philosophical while Hulk still smashed and I’m already nervous about this series. One thing is the same: Ewing still leaves the story title for the last page, usually to underline the point of the tale. So we’ll see have to see where this goes but it’s off to a great start.

Comments: Skrymir was killed by Jane Thor in THOR (2014 series) #3 but we are told herein that the giant regrew his head so he may be back. The Rainbow Bridge was destroyed by the Hulk in THOR (2020) #26. Thor cites Cnut, the Danish King who commanded the sea to stand still; it didn’t, which served as an object lesson on the limited power of even the greatest of kings. Issue features a closing essay by the author on his love for Thor and his vision for this book. Issue includes a tribute to the late John Romita (Sr.), comic book giant.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Immortal Thor #1 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

In a blizzard, the wizard Skrymir leads the Frost Giants to invade Asgard. There is a tense standoff with the Warriors Four (Hogun, Fandral, Volstagg, Hildegarde). Thor the All-Father arrives and expresses his disappointment; Skrymir mocks him but Thor notes that he wasn’t speaking to him but to the snowstorm. Thor then orders the storm away and suddenly it is a bright and sunny day in Asgard. The giants flee in panic, leaving their leader to face the God of Thunder. Thor politely gives Skrymir several opportunities to leave but the giant, seeing this as weakness in Thor, unleashes several magical attacks on him. Thor responds by hurling Mjolnir and shattering the giant’s head. Thor wonders what part Loki, Monarch of Jotunheim, played in this. And Loki is there, revealing that they abdicated the throne because, as God and Goddess of Stories, they must go where the stories are. Thor accepts this so Loki offers to restore the Rainbow Bridge. Thor scoffs but Loki produces the Wand of Wutevar (say it out loud), strikes it on the ground, and the Bridge is recreated, despite the Wand being nothing more than carved wood, because the Storyteller can do anything—but magic has its costs, which Loki acknowledges, breathing a silent apology to Thor. The Thunder God is delighted, Sif is astounded, and Loki quietly vanishes….

With Sif’s leave, Thor rides the Bridge to Midgard, his other home, being divided in his loyalties, as his father was Asgardian but his mother was Earth itself, Gaea. Thor travels among the mortals, granting favors, catching bad guys, accepting praise and honor but not worship. At the end of the day, Thor, seeking solitude to muse on his power and the limits thereon, decides that the thunderstorm is too much for humanity and commands it to stop—but it doesn’t. Instead, a massive lightning strike shatters the Statue of Liberty. Thor is amazed, wondering what god is more powerful than he and the Aesir? A gigantic, statue-like god introducing himself as Toranos, the Utgard-Thor, announces his mission is to judge Thor and expose his comfortable illusions. As the winds whip the city, Thor challenges Toranos, calling down the All-Power upon him….

In the mysterious world of darkness known as the Utgard Realm, the story’s unseen narrator is revealed to be Utgard-Loki, telling his sister Gaea, Thor’s mother, that the time has come for testing Thor to his limits, as even Marvels must live and grow or wither and die. And if Thor falls, it means the end of all things….

And there's a one-page teaser for G.O.D.S. which has an unseen voice persuading Tyr that he deserves a better world than the one he’s in and to climb into a box, which he does.

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


Listed in Alphabetical Order.



(Hogun the Grim)

(Loki Laufeyson)


Plus: Gaea (Mother Earth), Utgard-Loki.

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