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Thor #12: Review

Jan 2009
J. Michael Straczynski, Olivier Coipel

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Diversions and Misdirections

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5 stars

Thor #12 Review by (September 19, 2012)
Review: Yikes! An issue centering entirely on the bad guy, err…girl? Here we see behind the scenes of issues #7-8 to what was really going on: The God of Mischief running a more elaborate scam than usual, killing his grandpop and arranging for his own adoption by Odin. Everything works in the issue, adding a dimension to the earlier tale to reveal just how devious stinker Loki is. Only debit to the issue: Hela looks sluttier than usual, with hints of sexual perversion. Comic books are not for kids anymore

Comments: Thor does not appear in this issue.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #12 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro
In Las Vegas, an elegant and mysterious woman walks through the streets, A dude who tries to proposition her finds his hand turned to glass. The woman reaches her home and we discover she is Hela, Goddess of Death. Loki (in a woman’s body, remember?) tells her s/he has the perfect plan of vengeance against Thor but needs to be restored to his original body to travel back in time to pursue it. Hela draws him out of the female host body and endows him with time travel powers. The male Loki heads back to the battle between the Asgardians and the Frost Giants and meets his father Laufey. He arranges to have Bor, father of Odin, led into a trap and then casts a spell turning him into living snow (seen in flashback in issue #7). He then moves ahead in time to find himself as a boy. Revealing his identity, Loki coaches his younger self on how to react when Odin slays his father Laufey. The boy follows the scheme and is adopted by Odin (as seen in flashback in issue #8). After the All-Father and his new son leave, the grown Loki seizes a sword and hacks apart the mortally wounded Laufey, exacting his long-delayed vengeance. Loki then returns to the present, where Hela has recognized his stolen body as that of Thor’s beloved Sif. The Trickster resumes his female form, thanks Hela for her assistance and takes his leave….

Olivier Coipel
Mark Morales
Laura Martin
Olivier Coipel (Cover Penciler)
Mark Morales (Cover Inker)
Laura Martin (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Chris Eliopoulos.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Goddess of Death)

(Loki Laufeyson)


Plus: Bor.

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