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The Mighty Thor #20: Review

Sep 2012
Matt Fraction, Alan Davis

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Everything Burns, Part the Fourth: A Dog and His Tricks

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4 stars

The Mighty Thor #20 Review by (September 20, 2012)
Review: Is it my imagination or is this arc about the destruction of the Nine World too Loki-centric? With all the epic battles that we are granted brief glimpses of, the story still seems to be mostly about Loki and his scheming. This made sense in JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY, which after all is Loki’s book but now THOR is all about Loki too. Whose comic is this? And the writing/art is not as lucid as it could be: it took me several readings to divine that Loki had stolen Surtur’s sword, especially confusing since a) no big deal had been made of the sword (if this was in a previous story, we could have used some reminder) and b) Surtur appears to have the sword on the last pages. Nevertheless, Davis’ art and Fraction’s writing are otherwise top-notch. Can’t wait till next week!

Comments: Story continues from JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #643 and is continued in JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #644. Cover is a homage to the classic AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #33.

Updated Review: Having reread the story arc a lot better informed about the series. all my opinions stand firm—and now I understand about the shadow of Surtur’s sword from the earlier epic.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

The Mighty Thor #20 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Story continues from JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #643

Thor is in Muspelheim, trapped beneath the flaming river which is the essence of Surtur himself, under attack from demons in the form of sharp-toothed fishes. He berates himself for allowing Loki to once again deceive him as he battles for his life….

In Asgardia, young Loki bursts into the tent where Volstagg (now King of Asgard), Hogun, and Fandral meet to discuss war strategy. Word comes that a monstrous Engel-Engine, in the form of a baroque house on spidery metal legs has invaded Asgard via the burning World Tree. Volstagg calls his warriors to battle as similar events occur across the Nine Worlds….

In Niffleheim, Heimdall, standing alone against Surtur’s forces, is overwhelmed and enslaved to their cause. The enthralled guardian leads Surtur’s army against Asgard in the shadow of the evil Engine. Loki suggests to the Warriors Three that they use the Destroyer as they had during the Serpent War (i.e. FEAR ITSELF), "innocently" revealing Volstagg’s deception of his comrades during that earlier conflict. As Hogun flies into a rage accusing Volstagg of treachery and has to be restrained by Fandral, Loki leaves the tent, satisfied with the discord he is spreading. The youthful Trickster then reports to Surtur, boasting of his betrayals. As Surtur reveals his plan to introduce the final god spore into Asgard and release the magic power of Otherworld, with the result that everything burns. But Loki has one more deception up his sleeve: he seizes the shadow of Surtur’s sword Twilight and flees. He appears to Thor as an image, counseling him to let himself drown….

Leah is enraged that she has been deceived by Loki. Surtur is not bothered as Loki has dealt a mortal blow to Asgard in his schemes to create a cover for his ploy. All the Fire Demon needs to do now is capture Loki—and to that end he calls forth the Hel-Wolf….

Story continues in JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #644

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)

Warriors Three
Warriors Three

(Fandral, Hogun, Volstagg)

Plus: Leah of Hel, Surtur (Surtur the Fire Demon).

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