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Feelings of Great Remorse

March 10, 2010

     With Dr. Doom (temporarily) out of the way, Thor and his compatriots are ready for the coming of Siege.  Okay, so they’re not actually ready/prepared, but whatever.  News of Volstagg’s mistake has come to the attention of Balder by way of Fandral and Hogun.  Balder offers them a place to stay for the night before returning to Thor’s side, and some crazy old soothsayer comes out to predict the fall of Asgard and the death of the god of war, Tyr.  Loki leads him away, telling everyone that the old man is just drunk, and he then begins to fulfill the old man’s prophecy by killing him.  The next day, Heimdall awakes, trapped in some kind of mystical barrier by Loki, thereby preventing him from warning Asgard of the coming of the Sentry and Siege.  Kelda visits Bill Jr.’s family to bring sad tidings, and Heimdall breaks out of his prison just in time to see the attack begin.  Tyr prepares for battle, and Volstagg, who surrendered himself to the Broxton authorities, gets let out to help his fellow Asgardians.  He and the two police officers there on duty record Volstagg’s point of view of the slaughter at Soldier Field.  The video quickly becomes an internet sensation, and it gets politicized by anti-Norman Osbornites.  Just then, Ragnarok, the clone of Thor from Civil War, arrives to pass judgment on the Asgardians.

     Kieron Gillen hit the ground running from his very first issue, and he doesn’t seem to be losing any momentum here.  Volstagg’s involvement perfectly ties in between the beginning of Siege and the events of Siege: Embedded.  It also provides a perfect prologue (alliteration!) for the Asgardians before Siege, particularly explaining why Heimdall didn’t warn the Asgardians well before Osborn and his cronies arrived.  It’s very well written both technically and dialogue-wise.  I still believe that the Asgardians should speak with less contractions and a tad more dignified, but Gillen is only a bit away from writing perfect dialogue for them.  Obviously, the old soothsayer’s prophecy was really for poor Ares in Siege proper (who is another god of war), but Tyr doesn’t know that.  Both Billy Tan (along with his partner Batt Tan) and Rich Elson’s art really fit this book, yet in totally different ways.  The Tans’ art is more actiony and edgy, and Elson’s art shows more of the dignity of the gods.  The Tans’ art is better than ever, probably because Christina Strain is coloring it.  It looks much less sketchy, which has always been my biggest complaint about Tan’s work.  I continue to enjoy this book with Gillen’s new run, as it really feels like J. Michael Straczynski never left.  It’s just too bad his run is going to be so short.  I hope he gets some new books to write soon, preferably a Dr. Doom-centric book.  That would be awesome!

Plot: 9.0      Art: 9.0      Dialogue: 9.0      Overall: 9.0

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