Roy Thomas and John Buscema return to Thor, replacing the Wein/Simonson team. What we get is a sprawling epic that starts on Midgard. It could have been really interesting—the thread that holds it together is a reporter doing a documentary on Asgard, who actually shoots footage there. Unfortunatley, it’s written by Roy Thomas so…It’s just very text-and-exposition-heavy and never really feels consequential. There’s a lot of talk of Ragnarok, but it never really amounts to being Ragnarok.
Oh, and a dude named Norvell uses magic to lift Thor’s hammer and hit Thor with hit.
It ends with a trial for Loki, who has a lot to do with it, but they don’t seem to explain how Loki got his powers back after Odin banished him. Or, if they do explain it, I just didn’t have the patience for Roy Thomas’ writing.
The art is great though.
Creators: Roy Thomas and John Buscema
Grade: C-. Elevated from D by the art.
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