If you haven't been reading Thor, then you should start.
In the aftermath of Siege, the Aesir try to figure out what to do with Asgard now that it lays in ruins. But their attempts at reorganization are thwarted by the reappearance of Thor's clone, Ragnarok.
Before anything else, let me just say that Thor's trouncing of Ragnarok is every bit the nasty, muscular grudge match you'd hope for. He puts "the Pretender" in his place, once and for all, and it is glorious. I continue to be impressed by how well-written this title is. Gillen has a command of these characters' classical style of speech, giving all these matters a sense of grandiose pathos while still keeping the dialogue clear and the characters on surprisingly human level. I was particularly pleased with his handling of Baldur and the light god's ambivalence regarding Loki's treachery and the legitimacy of his own kingship. Kelda's reunion and immediate separation from Bill was similarly powerful. Heartbreaking stuff.
Colored, uninked comic art is a pet peeve of mine. I really wish there were was some editorial mandate against it, because I've only seen it work maybe once or twice. I'm a fan of Braithwaite's art, but I could never just enjoy his work in this issue because it always looked unfinished. I would have loved to see him re-team with an inker like Bill Reinhold who could tighten his lines and give them better definition and punch. As is, the pages never looked right enough for me not to be distracted.
The Verdict - 4.5/5
In spite of my serious problem with this issue's production, this is still one of the best books out this week. Thor's a historically hard book to make relevant to modern readers while still staying true to its classic roots, and Gillen makes it look effortless. This feels like a poem from folklore, not a superhero comic, and I mean that in the best way possible. Braithwaite does some exceptional work - - I just wish I could appreciate his art without always having to wonder where the inks are.