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Unfinished Business

June 14, 2010

Siege is over, and with Asgard destroyed, its former residents are left to pick up the pieces.  One day after Siege, in Thor #610, Balder, Heimdall, and Tyr survey what is left of Asgard.  Thor arrives, having been summoned by Balder.  Elsewhere, Kelda is told by a Valkyrie to come to the halls of Valhalla to see something.  Balder tells Thor that he needs him back, and that he needs him to take his place as king.  Balder blames himself for what has happened, so he thinks he is no longer worthy.  While the Warriors Three clean up the mess, Volstagg uncovers something under the rubble.  Kelda sees Bill Jr. feasting in the halls of Valhalla, and she swears that, somehow, despite the fact that he is dead and she is alive, they will make this work.  Thor says that Balder’s mistake was exiling him, not being king, and he says he will stay as Balder’s adviser.  They hear thunder and run out to find Volstagg, Fandral, and Hogun being confronted by Ragnarok, who managed to survive Asgard’s fall, albeit damaged.  Thor faces off against Ragnarok, both of them calling the other pretender.  However, the true Thor proves the stronger and destroys Ragnarok, stating that the time for things like it is over.  Thor then walks off with Balder, saying that as long as two Asgardian brothers stand together, Asgard stands too.

Well, that was a perfect cap to the Asgardians’ involvement in Siege.  I’ll admit, I’m a tad confused with Valhalla.  I thought that Valhalla was separate from Asgard, but perhaps when Asgard materialized in Broxton, Oklahoma, Valhalla became a part of it.  I could be nitpicking just a bit, but hey, that’s what I do.  Of course, the whole issue went very well, going over each of the remaining standing subplots left over from before Siege.  Minus Loki and his treachery, of course, which I am sure will pop up soon enough again.  I’m curious as to why Volstagg hasn’t been arrested yet, or at the very least, why that hasn’t been dealt with (like having the police officers concretely say that he’s free or something).  Maybe that will be answered in the upcoming issues.  Kieron Gillen’s dialogue still falls sadly a tad short of the great non-Shakespearean English dialogue that J. Michael Straczynski employed, but he’s still got the characters down enough that it’s not too much of an issue.  Doug Braithwaite’s art is stunningly beautiful and extremely realistic.  His Thor doesn’t quite have the regal face you might expect of him, but that’s his only artistic failing.  He’s definitely an artist suited for this title, as you can see from the positively electric (hahaha) fight between Thor and Ragnarok.  I’m glad to see that Gillen will get a bit longer on this title before Matt Fraction takes over.  He’s really made his mark on this title, and he’s kept it excellent, having to follow after a modern comic book epic.  All I can say is kudos to him for a job well done, and I look forward to his last arc on the title.

Plot: 8.8      Art: 8.8      Dialogue: 8.9      Overall: 8.8

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