Thor and Loki have arrived in Niffleheim, the new location of the land of the dead: Hel. He is met by Baldur, the new King of Hel, and his allies, Skurge the Executioner, former Norn Karnilla, and older brother Tyr. After escaping an attack from fire goblins, the denizens of Hel fill Thor and Loki in on the meeting the Queen of Cinders is having with the lords of Niffleheim. This motley team must find a means of stopping the Queen of Cinders.
Thor #2 is a surprisingly robust comic with a lot of story content to give the audience. What's listed above is just the opening; a lot more happens over the course of the comic. It's nice to see a comic that can both establish a conflict and deal with at least part of it.
It is quite wordy, which does bog down the pacing a bit. Some of Thor's own inner monologue could have been easily cut out, and the explanation of Niffleheim's conflict could have been condensed.
That aside, I still had a lot of fun reading this book. Thor's personality is large and lovable, Loki gets many good lines, Thori is a lovable murder pooch, and the plot has plenty of intrigue to keep the reader engaged.
Mike del Mundo's bonkers art style suits the setting and characters well. While there are some panels that are hard to parse, the fluid and stylized aesthetic matches the storybook quality of Thor's mythos. I said that in last issue's review, and I hold to it here. The color art is off-beat and strange too, and it pulls together the visual identity into something bizarre and special.
Thor #2 continues the War of Realms and Odinson saga in style. It brings back many classic Asgardian characters, gives a reasonably sized story, and brings the insane yet appealing art stylings of Mike del Mundo. This one comes with a recommendation. Check it out.
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