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Comic Review: Thor: The Last Days Of Midgard Part 5

Stew Shearer | 26 Jun 2014 20:00
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That niggling problem aside, the remainder of the book falls right in line with the consistent excellence of the storyline. In addition to the conclusion of the Old Thor/Galactus bout, we get to see present day Thor's conflict with Roxxon come to a head as well as some cool moments involving the Asgardian's new lady love Roz Solomon holding off an army of Trolls laying waste to the town Broxton. This latter bit of destruction is, in turn, played for some actual poignancy that left me surprisingly moved.

Don't get me wrong, it's not like this has been a book void of emotion. Old Thor's battle with Galactus was, from the get-go, very clearly driven by his sentiment for the Earth. That in mind, it was really stirring for me to watch the younger Thor realize his efforts to save Broxton had failed. To have that coupled with the genuinely heart-warming conclusion of Old Thor's arc left me feeling genuinely touched by a story that could have easily stopped at the corner of big and dumb and called it a day.

My tenure as a dedicated comic book fan isn't the longest one. In fact, weighed against the decades of existing and ongoing history and storylines, my two or so years of weekly runs to the local comic store would probably be branded by some as paltry. That said, I still know a great comic when I read one and issue 23 (as well as the four preceding) has very much demonstrated that Thor: God of Thunder is one of the best superhero books currently being written and one that every fan of the Marvel universe should be reading.

Bottom Line: The Last Days of Midgard is a brilliant continuation of God of Thunder's streak of grand stories told on epic scales. It provides gorgeous art, excellent action and a story that uses both to reach a poignancy that's sometimes rare among superhero books.

Recommendation: Read this story and read God of Thunder. Whether you're an old fan of Thor or even a new fan of Marvel this book will hit you with the force of a star-forged hammer.

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