Comics: Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers
August 13—Maybe it’s because the movie “Thor: Love & Thunder” was so dumb.
Maybe it’s because I love Norse mythology.
That may be because Marvel Online is currently offering discounted digital copies of the “Thor” comics.
Whatever the reason, I find myself looking for “Thor” comics lately. Comics that are still fun but take the god of thunder a bit more seriously than the last film.
“Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers” is one such book.
Although it should be titled “Loki & Thor”, as Loki takes center stage here while Thor spends most of the story chained and imprisoned.
Writer Robert Rodi never explains how it happened, but the story opens with Loki eventually defeating Thor, Sif, Heimdall, and the Warriors Three. A defeated and humiliated Thor marches through the streets. Loki rules Asgard. The other Norse gods bow to him. He had help from Karnilla Queen Norn. Hela wants Loki to hurry up and execute Thor so she can have his soul.
Loki learns that getting what he always wanted isn’t a dream come true. Heavy is the head that wears the crown.
Rodi incorporates a lot of history from the Marvel Comics version and actual Norse mythology to tell this story. He delves into the psychology of the Loki-Thor relationship, writes gripping adventures and dramatic court intrigues, and brings the right amount of humor to the story.
It’s worth the price of admission alone – more so considering the discounted price, but you’ll want to visit these pages for the bold brushstrokes of artist Esad Ribic’s painted pages. Each panel on each page is a table. Each painting highlights every aspect of this multi-faceted story. Readers will want to linger over each page, soaking up Ribic’s powerful artistry.
The collection contains the complete “Thor & Loki” miniseries as well as Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s first Thor and Loki reunions and other reunions from other Marvel creative teams.
“Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers” is a few years old, but it highlights the best of a Thor story and the power of great comic book storytelling.