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Thor #616: Review

Dec 2010
Matt Fraction, Pascual Ferry

Story Name:

[The World Eaters, Chapter 2]

Review & Comments

2.5 stars

Thor #616 Review by (November 26, 2012)
Review: Fraction starts off on the wrong foot by sending a trio of Jewish mothers to comfort our tragic heroine Kelda, in an out-of-place comic sequence that shows he doesn’t quite have a handle on the people of Broxton. Then he moves on to a comic scene with Eric Solvang and Volstagg trying to warn Thor of the comic horrors and being rebuffed. Has Fraction already forgotten what’s at stake? We then move on to the generic villains and some odd scenes of destruction (Pascual Ferry is the real star here, giving the aliens a distinctive look and strange word balloons—shiny black circles with white lettering—to set them apart. Too bad that’s all that sets them apart). And then there is the odd climax. Aside from the wisdom of bringing Loki back (an issue I will address later), there is the terrible precedent of establishing that Asgardians can be raised from the dead by a simple command from Thor. So from now on all characters’ deaths are meaningless since they are simply brief vacations they can be recalled from whenever Thor (or more accurately his writer) needs them? Feh and double feh.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #616 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

The ladies of Broxton come to comfort the Lady Kelda who has been weeping bitterly since the death of her beloved Bill Junior. Even matzo ball soup will not comfort her….

Volstagg bring Dr. Eric Solvang to the tomb of Odin where Thor and Balder are cleaning up the damage from the fall of Asgard. The room is forbidden to humans and Solvang would leave but Volstagg insists he explain his theory to Thor. The scientist launches into a disordered account of parallel worlds and the vacuum created by the city’s destruction but his lack of people skills merely sends Thor into a rage and Solvang is sent away….

In the dying universe of Ano-Athox, a gateway is opened so that the king Uthana Thoth and his entourage may escape the final destruction and make their new home in the Nine Worlds, which Lord Thane has already begun to conquer….

In Asgard, Thor continues to brood over his fallen brother Loki and announces plans to bring him back. Balder is aghast that the Thunder God would consider resurrecting the God of Mischief whose sinister schemes have brought nothing but ruin to the city and its people. As Thor flies off to bring his plan to fruition, Heimdall has a vision of their future—a vision so horrible that he collapses and curls up into the fetal position. In a flash of lightning, Thor ascends into the skies and shouts "Loki! Come forth!"

Pascual Ferry
Pascual Ferry
Matt Hollingsworth
Pascual Ferry (Cover Penciler)
Pascual Ferry (Cover Inker)
Matt Hollingsworth (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: John Workman.


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(Balder the Brave)


Plus: Eric Solvang, Kelda.

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