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The Mighty Thor #6: Review

Apr 2016
Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman

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The Strongest Viking There Is—Part One

Review & Comments

4.5 stars

The Mighty Thor #6 Review by (April 27, 2016)
Comments: Part one of two parts. The art for the present day section is done by the usual team of Dauterman and Wilson, the Viking portions are supplied by Rafa Garres. Thor/Jane Foster does not appear in his issue. Malekith's henchman Kurse is mentioned for the first time in current continuity. And the last line is a nod to THE AVENGERS movie.

Review: “Thor versus Viking Hulk” could easily have been the title for this tale: throwback issue (along with the next one) is a treat, carrying us back to the early days of (original) Thor as we saw often in Jason Aaron's first run with the character in THOR, GOD OF THUNDER. Simple little mythic tale is well-handled and enjoyable. Rafa Garres' painted art is initially startling but captures the ancient and chaotic feel nicely, though I wouldn't want to see it as a regular thing. But I would like seeing the cloddish Viking Thor beaten up regularly, as something has to turn him into the noble warrior of Lee and Kirby's creation.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

The Mighty Thor #6 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

When Roxxon CEO Dario Agger wonders how he can protect himself against his untrustworthy ally Malekith, Loki offers his support and tells the following story...

In the days of the Vikings there was a chieftain called Bodolf the Black who had never lost a battle with his army for the reason that before each encounter he would pray to Thor for help and the youthful God of Thunder would arrive to lend his mighty axe. As time went by, Boldof's glory and power grew, along with his pride. Soon he believed he didn't need Thor to fight for him and he neglected his prayer. In the next battle, Thor appeared as a warrior for the other army and Boldof was defeated, his men scattered, his domain lost. Dark and bitter, Boldolf prayed—but this time to Loki, asking for the power to defeat Thor. Loki advised him on what to do....

Boldolf sailed across uncharted oceans, climbed a mountain, and fought a dragon whose blood, with certain magic words, granted a form of power....

Bodolf returns and sends forth a challenge to Thor and his Viking army to face them alone. The Vikings scoff... until Bodolf transforms into a Hulk-like giant and scatters the warriors and proceeds to beat the stuffing out of Thor... "Puny god”  

Russell Dauterman
Russell Dauterman
Matthew Wilson
Russell Dauterman (Cover Penciler)
Russell Dauterman (Cover Inker)
Matthew Wilson (Cover Colorist)


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