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Giant Godly Flashlight

May 6, 2010

     The gods of Asgard’s involvement in Siege continues with Thor #609, which continues right off from Asgard toppling to the ground because Sentry flew right through it.  Volstagg gets himself up out of the rubble, and as other gods start doing the same, Thunderball comes in and starts smashing them.  Tyr stops him and tries to rally the troops, and Balder and Heimdall find Loki.  Loki tries to mince words about having been responsible yet not responsible for what’s going on, and Balder’s none too happy about it.  H.A.M.M.E.R. goons try to finish off Kelda, but Bill Jr.’s mom says some inspiring things about love and living.  So Kelda gets up and zaps the soldiers with frozen lightning stuff.  Volstagg catches a few of them trying to reteat and hands them over to the Broxton police, who say that they can wait to arrest him again until this is all over.  Loki further minces words, and Balder tells him to shut up.  He rallies the troops himself with his bright shiny light, and he deflects one of the Hood’s bullets right back at him.  He exiles Loki for his involvement in all this, but Loki just grins, as he still has such an insidious plan.

     So basically, this whole issue was a connecting issue, leading into the big finale that will be the end of the Thor Siege tie-ins and the end of Siege in general.  Kelda gets back on her feet, Volstagg doesn’t fight Ragnarok at all and just wanders around a bit, Loki tricks more people, and Balder and Tyr get busy.  It’s not the most action-packed issue of Thor, though Balder’s sword trick with that bullet was pretty awesome.  Obviously, this isn’t what the solicitations originally said this issue was be, as we saw neither hide nor hair of Ragnarok.  But, you know, let’s be honest.  It’s Kieron Gillen.  Even his filler on Thor is just great.  All his Loki stuff really just makes all the things that happen in Siege: Loki even more insidious.  He’s got Loki’s voice down so perfectly, and it’s just great.  Billy Tan and Rich Elson’s pencils are both superb in this issue basically all the time, and there’s no real obvious artistic errors.  I am curious as to why Thunderball’s costume changed first from what he was wearing normally, then again in the same issue.  Also curious as to how he went from being knocked out to, you know, not.  Little mistake there.  But all in all, this is a great issue that’s setting us up for the end of Siege.  I’m curious to see what happens with Ragnarok, and just excited to see what’s going to happen to Loki in the end.  Loki truly is the Prince of Lies.  And he’s doing it all without really even lying.

Plot: 8.7      Art: 9.1      Dialogue: 9.2      Overall: 8.8

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