By Koncise an out :)
Jan 10, 2005 - 15:48
THOR: SON OF ASGARD #1 – 6: THE WARRIORS
Before he claimed the throne, before he battled the dragon Fafnir, before he became worthy of mighty Mjolnir, he was simply Thor, one of many young sons of Asgard. In a saga of courage, adversity, revenge and brotherhood, Thor faces perils that will challenge his mettle as a young warrior, and trials that will test and temper his immortal spirit. Sent on a Great Quest by All-Father Odin, Thor and a fellowship of other young godlings – Balder, Sif and Loki – face their coming of age in this epic.
With Thor (the main title) on hiatius, I thought it was a good time to finally read my Son Of Asgard comics. This was a REALLY good opening arc for those who had never picked up a Thor comic or read the Norse Legends. Akira Yoshida introduces the reader at the beginning of the first issue to Asgard and some of the key figures that inhabit and protect it. We get to meet Thor, Sif and Balder in a fun way and the story then progresses from there. It is a simple story in conception, but executed with perfect skill to keep the reader enticed. This is a fun story that show’s the bonds of friendship can help overcome any odds. There are other messages weaved within, but none are condescending and all fit perfectly with the legend that is Thor.
The legends and stories of Thor are lavish and enthralling experiences. So it seems fitting that Greg Tocchini is the one to breathe life into this story. The way the story flows is GREAT and the panel layout helps add something new to the viewer’s experience. The fight scenes suck you in with their kinetic energy and even when there’s a lot happening in the panel, it doesn’t feel cluttered. We see a lot of mystical creatures and magicks and these are rendered extremely well. A big part of this and the story as a whole goes down to superb colouring by Guru EFX. The one thing that is really nice and is fitting for art as a storytelling medium, is the fact that Tocchini is allowed in places to convey the story just through his pencils and it really works.
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