Written by Donny Cates
Art by Nic Klein
Colors by Matt Wilson
Letters by Joe Sabino
The Rundown: Thor decides that he needs a break and Loki helps him unwittingly release something horrible.
It’s been years since Thor took on the mantle of Donald Blake to walk the Earth and his own troubles recently give him an idea. An idea that will need the help of his brother Loki to accomplish. While Thor has been free to walk the Earth, Blake has been in a hidden world of endless summer days. A world created by Odin to keep the man happy in between journeys.
When Thor convinces Loki to help him, he decides that telling his brother the truth about his connection to Mjolnir will be the only way to secure his help. Thor knows that Blake’s return will give him access to the old kings and perhaps the answers he seeks. Unfortunately, Thor’s journey to retrieve Blake reveals a nightmare that will have implications for all the gods.
The Story: Donny Cates knocks this one out of the park. It was unexpected, surprising and brilliantly laid out. The story flows beautifully between the explanation of what happens to Blake to the dark reality of who he is now. I loved the narrative flow of this issue and both the characters and the dialogue. I cannot wait to see what twists and turns come next.
The Art: Nic Klein delivers some beautiful art in this issue. The vistas and idyllic nature of Blake’s world and how it is twisted when Thor arrives is brilliantly contrasted. A great looking issue both in its scale and its characters.