By Hervé St-Louis
August 19, 2008 - 22:20
Loki convinced Balder that he is the crown prince of Asgard and that he should take his place next to Thor on the throne. Thor admits that he also knew about Balder being his brother and accepts; at Loki’s behest, that Balder receives the honour that is rightfully his. Will Asgard and Thor’s life continue to flourish if he has to share power with his Balder? Is Balder a worse brother for Thor, than Loki ever was?
This is one of the best issues of this series. The dynamic where Loki was the evil brother of Thor changes now, that Balder has been introduced as a new threat/contestant to Thor’s world. I still marvel at how Loki slowly and smoothly forces the truth to come out. It’s a bit difficult to guess where Straczynski is going with this series, but that he has all the space to make the story of Thor relevant and intriguing is good.
Coipel’s handling of Thor takes more character every issues and the way he portrays Thor, is becoming more unique and iconic. Thor is no longer just another blond guy with Goldilocks. He’s a rugged with the grace of a strong man, incorporated in the body of a brute. His silence visually is always telling and exudes his strengths and weakness in a way few other artists could do. I really enjoy this run.
Rating: 10 /10
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