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Thor #13: Review

May 2019
Jason Aaron, Mike del Mundo

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The Ballad of Cul Borson, God of Fear

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3.5 stars

Thor #13 Review by (May 29, 2019)

Review: Wait, Cul is a chronic loser with an inferiority complex? That doesn't seem right. He's always been seeking a chance to redeem himself? His natural instincts are to rescue the child slaves? Who is this guy and what has he done with the real Cul? Very strange issue shows us an unsuspected and implausible side to this previously totally mean and bloodthirsty character. A well-done issue, if a bit episodic but difficult to take seriously.

Comments: War of the Realms tie-in, explaining why Cul was in Svartalfheim in issue #9. Plus we see Freyja's defense of the Black Bifrost in WOTR #4. Marco D'Alfonso contributed to the colors.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #13 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Cul Borson, the Serpent, the God of Fear, looks back over his long and disappointing life....

As a kid he challenged his younger brother Odin: Odin can hit him with any weapon of his choosing and then Cul gets to return the favor. Odin chooses the Hammer of Ivaldi (as Cul knew he would) but the boy can't lift the weapon and so must concede defeat; Cul's riposte is to whisper in Odin's ear what their father Bor really thinks of him, which is more painful than any physical blow....

Years later with the death of Bor, Cul claims the throne but Odin opposes him as Cul is evil and beat the living Hel out of him....

Months ago, Cul was granted one last chance to redeem himself, as he stood envying Odin for fighting with his son Thor over the new female Thor....

Weeks later, Malekith tries to tempt Cul into joining his cause with the promise of Odin's throne. Cul did not trust Malekith and warned him to leave Asgard alone. Malekith dismisses Cul as insignificant and departed....

Day ago, Odin dispatched Cul to Svartalfheim as a spy: he tortured a Dark Elf prisoner into telling him of the Black Bifrost and how it was powered by crystallized mushrooms. Cul invades the mushroom mines and kills the taskmasters. The child slaves rejoice in their rescue by the hero Cul but he has no concern for them; his interest was in the mushrooms. As the guards approach, Cul surprises himself by breaking the slaves' chains and allowing them to escape. Cul, pierced with arrows and spears, keeps fighting until the slaves saw from a distance a huge explosion....

Days later, as Freyja is making her heroic stand at the Black Bifrost, the child slaves come to her aid in the name of their hero Cul Borson....

Mike del Mundo
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