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Review: Thor #610

If you haven't been reading Thor, then you should start.

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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
 

The Good

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.

The Bad

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.

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TheBlueAngel93

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I've been wanting to get into Thor's book for a wile now, I saw this at my LCBS and chose not to pick it up :/
 
If I was a reader who doesn't mind jumping into a book wherever, is this a good issue to start with?

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That's my main issue with the MAJORITY OF TOP COWS STUFF!!!!! Major over working of digital coloring and no inking.

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I loved this issue awesome to see Thor lay a beat down, but I agree the art just doesnt work for me.

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@War Killer said:
" I've been wanting to get into Thor's book for a wile now, I saw this at my LCBS and chose not to pick it up :/  If I was a reader who doesn't mind jumping into a book wherever, is this a good issue to start with? "
I used to love Thor growing up but i didn't follow comics through highschool and college. I recent started to get into them and would love to know the same thing. Also other related works i would love to know about. Always enjoyed the battle type heroes like Hulk and those kind.
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Bill came back?
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I'm so gutted Kieron Gillen is being pulled off this book in favour of Matt Fraction, he writes the characters so well.
 
Ah well let's hope Fraction pulls an Invincible Iron Man as opposed to an Uncanny X-Men....

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I only started to read Thor recently, with  Olivier Coipel's gorgeous art work and  J. Michael Straczynski's great writing. I hope this continues just as well, and can't wait to see Thor beat Ragnorak's ass into....well Ragnorak :P

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@War Killer: 
 
I would say mostly yes with a little bit of no.  No because it is mostly tying up dangling plot lines left over from SIEGE.  Yes assuming you know at least the basics of who Thor is as a character.  The introduction page along with the first few art pages fill you in adequately with everything that has occurred so far.   The issue itself sets up the new status quo for Asgard to set up the next story arc and move into the heroic age. 
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KRAKOOOOOOOM!!!