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Thor #619: Review

Mar 2011
Matt Fraction, Pascual Ferry

Story Name:

[The World Eaters, Chapter 5]

Review & Comments

3.5 stars

Thor #619 Review by (December 18, 2012)
Review: This issue mostly contains people scolding Thor for resurrecting Loki (okay, we get it, this was a bad idea to everyone but Thor) and the senseless deaths of Balder and Tyr. Some denizens of the Internet have speculated that the two were killed off since they weren’t in the movie. This doesn’t wash, as other differences between comic and film are ignored so we must fall back on the simplest explanation: cheap drama. After all, in Asgard anyone and everyone can return from the dead, so it’s not like death means anything there. Go ahead and kill off a character and pretend you’re writing genuine literature; the fans will get over it by next issue (or whenever the writer stops talking about it, whichever comes first). Meanwhile, Thor, the guy this comic is about, seems to have given up all hope of victory, thus proving himself not worthy of a feature film. The art is the best part: although Jane looks like a teenager, the sequences of the birth of the World Tree and the climactic battle bring out the best in Pascual Ferry. He is at the top of his game with the truly alien, and the colorist Matt Hollingsworth matches him for awesome vision.

Comments: Issue includes a six-page preview of Marvel’s new Crossgen line, featuring RUSE and SIGIL.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #619 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Odin recounts for the assembled gods how his father Bor planted the seed which grew into the World Tree—and how Asgard must attract evil as light does moths. Loki suggests giving the displaced Asgard to the World Eaters and so have done with it, but this merely enrages Odin, who lashes out at the boyish traitor. Loki flees behind the wheel of Dr Solvang’s car, leaving Thor to rebuke the All-Father. But Odin then turns his wrath on the Thunder God for his foolishness in reviving Loki and recalling Odin from his rest. Their spat is interrupted by news that Balder, still wracked with guilt over his failure to protect his people, is preparing to face the enemy alone in battle, as a sort of redemption. Tyr pleads to join him and the two are spirited to another world….

Meanwhile, Solvang has recognized his car speeding along the highway and forces Loki to stop. The scientist vents his spleen against the godling and Iron Man, fearing retaliation from the God of Evil, intervenes to protect him when Thor arrives. Tony takes the opportunity to rebuke Thor for restoring Loki but the Thunder God explains how Odin knew all along about the coming invasion and he counsels brave resignation to their doom….

In a world of prismatic lighting, Balder and Tyr engage the World Eaters in combat, the two Norse gods against the hosts of crimson invaders. Tyr falls in battle with Lord Thane and Balder slays the enemy commander before being cut down himself. The king, Uthana Thoth and his queen mourn the death of their son and the tyrant vows revenge against Asgard….

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


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Balder the Brave)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)

(Loki Laufeyson)


Plus: Bor, Eric Solvang.

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