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Thor: Ages of Thunder #1

April 28, 2008

Quick Rating: Average
Title: Ages of Thunder
Rating: T+

Tales of Loki’s betrayal and the Enchantress’s torment!

Writer: Matt Fraction
Pencils: Patrick Zircher & Khari Evans
Inks: Patrick Zircher & Victor Olazaba
Colors: June Chung & Jelena Kevic Djurdjevic
Letters: Chris Eliopoulos
Editor: Warren Simons
Cover Art: Marko Djurdjevic
Publisher: Marvel Comics

I’m not quite sure what to make of this book. It’s a one-shot, but the story is to be continued, but it gives us two stories, but it really just gives us one.

Let me try to explain.

The story begins during the age of the Third Ragnarok (I’m guessing this has something to do with how Asgard used to cycle through Ragnarok over and over before Thor broke the cycle), when a war with the frost giants has left a gaping hole in the walls of Asgard. A mason offers to patch the hole, but at a high price – the Enchantress herself. Loki cooks up a scheme to spare her, but as a deadline for finishing the wall approaches and the wall nears completion, he seeks a way to weasel out.

All in all, this is a decent enough story. The real problem comes in part two, where Matt Fraction tells virtually the same story again. Oh, it’s not building a wall this time, but the broad strokes are identical. At the end, I was left wondering how many people are going to pay for a double-sized issue that repeats itself.

The artwork isn’t bad – Zircher, Evans and Olazaba do a good job illustrating the ancient Norse times, making the book feel much more like a fantasy title than a superhero one, which is what the story calls for.

Not bad, really. The only problem, like I said, is why did I have to read the first story again?

Rating: 5/10

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