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Comics Shipping for 3/25/09

DARK HORSE COMICS

Conan the Cimmerian #9
Indiana Jokes and Tomb of the Gods #4
Star Wars Legacy #34
Umbrella Academy Dallas #5
Usagi Yojimbo #119

DC COMICS

Batman: Battle for the Cowl, Commissioner Gorgon #1
Batman: Gotham After Midnight #11 (of 12)
Batman: The Brave and the Bold #3
Cartoon Network Block Party #55
Gears of War #5
Jack of Fables #32
Justice League of America #31
Madame Xanadu #9
Oracle #1 (of 3)
Planetary #1
Resistance #4 (of 6)
Superman #686
Top 10 Special #1
Trinity #43
Unknown Soldier #6
War That Time Forgot #11 (of 12)
Wildcats #9
Wonder Woman #30

IMAGE COMICS

Amber Atoms #2
Darkness #76
Elephantmen #17
Spawn #190

MARVEL COMICS
Amazing Spider-man #589
Captain America #48
Daredevil #117
Dark Reign Elektra #1 (of 5)
Fantastic Four #565
Guardians of Galaxy #12
Immortal Iron Fist #24
Incredible Hercules #127
Marvel Adventures: Fantastic Four #46
Mighty Avengers #23
Ms Marvel #37
New Avengers #51
Nova #23
Runaways #8
Skaar: Son of Hulk #9
Squradron Supreme #9
Thunderbolts #139
War Machine #4
War of Kings: Darkhawk #2 (of 2)
Wolverine: First Class #13
X-Infernus #4 (of 4)
X-Men: Kingbreaker #4 (of 4)
X-Men: Sword of Braddocks
X-Men: Times and Life of Lucas bishon #2 (of 3)
Young X-Men #12

OTHER PUBLISHERS

Archie #595
Archie: Double Digest #197
Battlestar Galactica: Cylon War #3 (of 4)
Caped #1 (of 4)
Crossed #4 ( of 9)
Death Defying Devil #4
Futurama Comics #42
GI Joe Origina #2
Incredibles: Family Matters #1 (of 4)
Mupper Show #1 (OF 4)
Sonic Universe #2
Terminator Salvation – Movie Prequel #3 (of 4)
Transformers: All Hail Megatron

Marvel is having a big week, with a lot of titles comic out, and several miniseries coming to an end.  There’s also a good number of palindrome comics, the ones that I remember specifically were Superman and Fantastic Four, and upon rechecking, Archie.  Three for one week is pretty high.  This is a pretty heavy week for me, with Captain America, War Machine, Hercules (which I have to remember to add to my pull list because I love it), X-Men, Conan, Star Wars, as well as Batman.  Overstreet comic book pricing guides are also released this week in both hard and soft cover.  What comics are you going to pick up?  Do you have any recommendations? Let me know!

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YCR Presents: Thanksgiving Day Top 6 Marvel Titles to be Thankful For

Welcome one and all!  Welcome to the latest issue of Your Comic Relief presents.  This time?  Your top 6 comics to be thankful for this Thanksgiving!  Please take the time to comment and leave me some feedback!  It is much appreciated.

6. Incredible Hercules

A title that I am quite partial to, as I am a huge fan of Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Norse mythology, Incredible Hercules took over from the Incredible Hulk after World War Hulk ended.  This issue has been faily reliable in terms of quality.  Hercules, accompanied by Amadeus Cho, has set off destroying just about anything in their path, and while much of this has been Cho’s conniving, it has also been Herc’s unpredictability that serves as the catalyst for their antics.  In fact, watching their interactions is one of the many joys this title offers.

5. Uncanny X-Men

Uncanny X-Men had some problems with messiah Complex, it really was just OK.  Not as awesome as it should have been or really as we were promised it would be.  However, the last 6-8 issues of Uncanny have been absolutely fantastic.  Another product of Brubaker’s undeniable, and often simply unbelievable contributions to Marvel.  Now co-authored by Matt Fraction and Ed Brubaker as of issue 502  My favourite part of the last 3 or so issues have been the (re)introductions of each of the characters in each issue, which the authors have taken as an opportunity to make some much appreciated jokes.  Of the jokes, I think the best one has to be calling Wolverine “ubiquitous,” meaning everywhere at once.  I have to assume this is a reference to Wolverine appearing in so many Marvel publications, I remember over the summer there was a week where he was in every single release, and I’m sure that can’t be the only time – just the time I noticed.  Another aspect of this that I have greatly appreciated is the expansion of Pixie as a character; previously a side character in the x-men B-team, but she is now turning into an actual relatable character.  This, mixed with the recent storyline, allows Uncanny X-Men to make the cut into the Your Comic Relief Thanksgiving Top 6.

4. Cable & Deadpool and Deadpool

I have included both titles in this, because in my mind, the star of C&D really was Deadpool, with Cable serving to create meaningful plot devices and serve as a rational figure by which we could appreciate how utterly absurd Deadpool is.  The last several issues of Cable & Deadpool, the “X and Deadpool” run, while we were supposed to believe Cable was dead.  Did anyone raelly think that?  The new Deadpool series features Deadpool still actively ambiguous about his allegiances, and whether this is a function of his dubious (at best) mental compas, or his ever blossoming psychosis, I don’t think even Marvel Knows.

3.  Wolverine Origins

Written by Daniel Way, and illustrated by Steve Dillon, Wolverine Origins has delivered unique story arcs to us all year.  With guest appearances from Deadpool, Captain America, and most recently Daken (Wolverine’s Son).  Probably one of the best arcs of the year in my opinion was the confrontation between Wolverine and Deadpool.  A matchup that people had been waiting for for years; while they did meet up in Cable & Deadpool, it was overhyped and anticlimactic at best.  This time, it went on for several issues, and really delivered.  This title has had the ability to run the gamut of emotional possibilities, from the more serious aspect of the Cap’s storyline to the sheer ridiculousness of Deadpool.  It didn’t stop there however, the story right now of Wolverine and Daken is a reminder to the seriousness of Wolverine’s past, the decisions he has had to make, and stands in stark juxtaposition to the humor of seeing the Wolverine-Deadpool confrontation through the warped mind and eyes of Deadpool.

2. Iron Man

This title has had its ups and downs as of late.  Back when it was Iron Man: Director of Shield, which was before 2008 if I’m not mistaken but bear with me, it was very hit or miss.  There was some subplot of “Iron Man might be Crazy!!!”  Very hit or miss unfortunately.  However, with the most recent story arc of nuclear threat (which as an aside, reminds me of the Ultimate Iron Man II series of 4), Tony Stark has had the opportunity to return to his self-sacrificing…. self.  If you get right down to it, I firmly believe that this is why the Director of Shield thing didn’t work out so well.  he had too much responsibility that he couldn’t afford to do something that everyone else saw as incredibly stupid.  More often than not, his decisions have been incredibly reckless, but he saw that it had to be done, and he was the only one who could do it, such as defusing a nuclear weapon about to go off.  As with Uncanny X-Men, the most recent story arc really makes this much more of a contender than it previously would have been, not to say that before this arc has been bad mind you!  Also, Warmachine is totally badass, and anyone who disagrees has to answer to giant space robot.  They should pay me to love Ironman and the Number One pick this much, am I right?  Now for the number one reason to thank marvel this Thanksgiving!

1. Captain America

Captain America has been Ed Brubaker’s work this year, and damn does he do good work.  In my opinion, this has been THE title to read this year.  Every issue has just been stellar.  I’m not even sure to begin, and am a little ashamed that this paragraph is so much shorter than the others, but honestly, it’s just all good.  It is always the first comic I read whenever I get it home, bar none.  Bucky is shaping up to be a fantastic new Cap, ant the interplay between Faustis and the Red Skull has been fantastic, with plots within plots.  Agent 13 and Falcon have been well developed, but really, the best part has been how in each issue a little more of the Skull’s plot has been revealed to us.

Well, that’s that.  Those of you that know me may have noticed something.  Where’s Thor? Thor this year has been rather lackluster this year, and much to my chagrin (I’m trying to use that word more often, as I always have to look it up).  And this makes Thor sad:

While there have been some cool Thor tie ins, the Secret Invasion was entertaining if nothing else, the bit that happened about Egypt was pretty cool too, and was a cool insight into how the Marvel universe allows for seperate sets of deities, especially if you read the Incredible Hercules as well, issues like 114-117 or something like that.  But I decided to limit myself to regular titles, and not consider limited series such as Logan by Marvel Knights (which is beyond fantastic by the way), or the numerous Thor extra releases recently.  Once again, let me know what you think of my list, and, if any comic bloggers who are big DC fans would like to do a DC version, I would be honored to publish it, and of course link to it.  Just in the spirit of fairness, I would like to have a DC version, but in the spirit of honesty I don’t know much about DC.  That’s it for YCR Presents, have a happy thanksgiving!

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Ebay Week Day 2 – Comic Lots: Buying in Bulk

Welcome to the second day of Ebay week at Your Comic Relief! Yesterday we covered single issue purchasing, so, the logical progression from single issue comics is finding lot issues. What is a ‘lot’? A lot is several items clumped together to be sold as a group. There are two main kinds of lots, specific lots and random ones. Each has certain pros and cons that you should take into consideration before placing your bid. Keep in mind that each bid on Ebay is final. The different lot kinds may have different names depending on who you are talking to, but I will be referring to them as random and specific.

Specific Lots

Specific lots, such as this (which is a good example of niche comics being a great bargain) is a set of two or more comics that are sold together as a unit, and are clearly defined, set issues at set standards of quality. That is to say, there are certain issues that a person is selling, and you are aware up front of what you are purchasing. Specific lots are great if you are looking to purchase a run of comics, or just really like Daredevil. Important things to consider here include quality. If you’re getting an amazing bargain, at what cost to the comics is it? If the comic is listed as “Good Condition” that’s not necessarily a good thing. Comic grading is something you should definitely become familiar with before delving too much into the world of Ebay, don’t worry though, all that will be covered this week as well. Additionally, look to see if the comics are bagged and boarded already, or if you will have to do that yourself. Look for pictures, especially if you are not entirely sure about the comic grading system.

Random Lots

Random lots, as you may have guessed by now, contrast with specific lots in that they are lots in which you do not know which exact comics you will be receiving. They are usually larger; a seller is more likely to sell you a random selection of 100 comics than they are to advertise themselves as “random 5 comics.” Advantages of random lots include lower prices relative to specific lots, however, you don’t really know what you’re getting, and you could be getting 75 Star Trek comics, which are worth more as ash than as comics, or you could wind up with some great deals. If you are a collector that values the monetary worth of their comics, even if you have no intentions of selling them, one gem may make the whole purchase worth while. A few months ago I purchased 160 comics for roughly $45 US, and I got some great stuff in there, along with some complete crap.

Finding Lots

To specifically search for lots we much delve into the realm of Advanced Search. But, dear reader, do not be afraid, the advanced search will not hurt you, it is there to aid you. If you scroll roughly half way down, you will see a section called “multiple item listings” this is what we are looking for. You can define a minimum, maximum, or exact number of comics you are looking to buy at once, or just click the lot checkbox, and it will bring up anything. This will greatly aid you in your search.

Anything else?

As always, make sure to check Life of a Welshman for additional examples and links! If you have any questions or comments, leave a comment and let me know. By the way, all the pictures you see posted on these articles are off issues I have personally obtained from lots, or in yesterday’s case single issue orders. You can count on this theme to continue through the rest of the week. Specifically note how terrible the Star Trek comic is…

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Ebay Week Day 1 – Finding Single Issue Bargains

Attention all! Ebay week if (finally) underway! After many false starts, including yesterday (my job started that day and I completely lost track of time), I almost failed uploading tonight as well due to the storm, but I think I have a window of time big enough to get this post up. This week should prove to be fun, I even have a guest post from Mike Haynes of Panels of Awesome, but that’s for later. So, let us begin, how many times have you missed a single issue that isn’t in your pull box, or you have a run of old comics and are missing a few issues? Well, Ebay can be a wondrous source of single issue comics, even if you are not looking for one particular comic, but you’d like to collect some back issues anyway. While the amazing deals are out there, We, as the comic book community are still feeling the effects of the comic speculation bubble, and as a result there are a lot of overpriced comics due to overspeculation, and a lot of general crap floating around. But hopefully with these few tips will help you accurately search out what you are looking for. Before I start however, I have to say that this is merely a bargain hunting strategy, and if you happen to be looking for Ultimate Spiderman #1 Variant, you’re going to have to be prepared to pay top dollar.

Speculation, What is it, and how does it affect me?

Comic prices are very interesting, as there is no simple linear rule to defining the prices (eg, older = more expensive), as the aforementioned speculation. First though, we must address the issue of, what is speculation? Speculation, put simply, and in the context we are viewing it, is the act of speculating or guessing that a particular item, in our case comic books, will one day become valuable, or that it can be resold for more later. Speculation, literally defined means trading with the purpose of making profits, and I’m sure you’ve seen this, such as when Captain America #25 was released, and it was immediately being sold, or attempted to be sold for $25 dollars on Ebay even though my local comic shop was selling them for the standard $2.99. The first printing was fairly limited however, and they probably sold. As much as this is something that does not please me, I don’t believe my hobby should really be belittled by others for profit, it is a viable trade strategy. We saw the same attempts with the Death of Superman, but DC printed an incredibly large number of those issues, and they’re now found in bargain bins pretty much everywhere. So, the most expensive comics will be the old rare ones, followed by more recent comics being sold by people trying to make a quick dollar, but if you’re searching for something a little more obscure (ie, not a hot item), from the 70-90’s, you’re sure to find a great deal.

What should you, as an honest comic collector take from all this? The short story is, if you are hoping to pick up an important issue you may have missed, Ebay is probably not the place. Heck, the internet is probably not the place you want to look. My advice would be to check out other comic book locations in your local area. Chances are one of them heard the issue was going to be big, and ordered some extras, especially if there is a comic book store located in a cit around you, such as midtown comics in NYC, or a very small comic shop, that probably doesn’t get many patrons is also a good candidate; basically anything on either extreme if your first choices aren’t working out.

Finding Single Issue Bargains

Moving on to what Ebay and the internet can do for you, instead of what it can’t. For this installment of Ebay week, I will be giving some examples and pointers of good search methods, some of which can be applied to finding just about anything on Ebay. First off, know what you are looking for, or alternatively, know that you are not looking for anything in particular, and just browsing. If you have never used Ebay before I suggest you do some browsing, and test searches before committing to anything, it can be daunting, and you want to make sure you are getting the best deals. First off, make use of the categories if you are just browsing, but if you are looking for a particular item, it would be best to not limit your categories due to poorly categorized items, a good example of this would be listing an autographed comic under collectibles, or memorabilia. Also, while browsing/searching, be sure to look to the left hand of your screen. The upper section allows you to limit your search to categories and sub-categories, such as only silver-age comics. Below that allows you to limit or expand your search to include Ebay stores as well as those who offer free shipping. Now, onto the specifics, when searching Ebay, instead of just searching “Signed Thor comic” and taking the first thing that pops up, do alternate searches using synonyms, such as autographed, graphic novel, or include the author or illustrator. Doing this requires you to make good use of the watched items feature. Just click “Watch this item,” and come back to all your favorites later. Doing this allows you to really see what the bargains are. I’ve picked up a good number of comics for exceptionally cheap, such as Journey into Mystery #123 for about $12 US, or the occasional bargain for $3-5 US like the last issue I needed my for Official Marvel Handbook series. However, don’t be afraid to be patient, if you’re in a rush you’ll make mistakes. In my hurry to collect and read all the issues of Civil War I had missed, I ended up spending way more than I had to, and then shipping on top of that! Remember to look for deals on shipping, many sellers will offer them.

Addendum: For examples of what I’m talking about, see my other blog “Life of a Welshman” for proof that great bargains DO exist out there! Today’s entry can be found here.

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Comics Shipping for 3/19

DARK HORSE COMICS

Fear Agent #19
Hatchet Job #3 (of 5)
Grendel: Behold the Devil #5 (of 8)

 

 

DC COMICS

100 Bullets #89
Batman and the Outsiders #5
Birds of Prey #116
Brave and the Bold #11
Catwoman #77
Checkmate #24
Countdown to Final Crisis #6
Death of the New Gods #7 (of 8 )
Ex Machina #35
Fables #71
Flash #238
Justice League of America #19
Mad Classics #21
Mad Magazine #488
Programme #9 (of 12)
Robid #172
Scooby Doo #130
Shadowpact #23
Superman Batman Annual #2
Tangent Superman Reign #1 (of 12)

 

 

IMAGE COMICS

Circle #5
Dark Ivory #1 (of 4)
Invicible #49
New World Order #2
PvP #39
Spawn: Godslayer #7
Sword #6
Witchblade #116

 

 

MARVEL COMICS

Amazing Spiderman #554
Avengers Classic #10
Captain America #36
Captain Marvel #4 (of 5)
Foolkiller #4
Franklin Richards: Spring Break
Ghost Rider #21
Immortal Iron Fist #13
Incredible Hercules #115
Iron Man #27
Marvel Adventures: Avengers #22
The Order #9
Thor #7
War is Hell: First Flight Phanton Eagle #1 (of 5)
Wolverine Origins #23
World War Hulk: Aftersmash Warboung #4 (of 5)

 

 

OTHER PUBLISHERS

Angel: After the Fall #5
Betty & Veronica: Double Digest #159
Betty & Veronica: Spectacular #82
Bohda Te #1
Dangers Dozen #3
Darkness vs Eva #1 (of 4)
Everybody’s Dead #1
FX #1 (of 6)
Gene Simmons Zipper #4
Ghost Whisperer #1
Grimm Fairy Tales #25
Grimm Fairy Tales: Piper #1 (of 4)
Jungle Girl #5
Odyssey Presents: Camelot #1
Red Sonja #31
Simpsons Comics #140
Tales from the Crypt #5
Tales of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #44
Wasteland #15

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Top 5 Comic Book Fights of 2007

For the final post of 2007, Your Comic Relief is bringing you my personal opinions (also known as fact) on the top five comic book fights of two thousand and seven. This list is not all inclusive as I have not read every comic from 2007, but from what I’ve read, and what I remember from the beginning of the year (I think these are all from more recent memory, but I gave it a good think), I present you with The Top 5 Comic Book Fights from 2007!

5 – “Patches Malone” vs would be assassins

 

Seen in Gotham Underground #2, this one sneaks in at slot number five because it shows just how amazing Bruce Wayne is. Many comic book fight scenes are drawn out, so that the reader can see each individual motion that the characters are performing. While this is often a good tactic on the part of the writer/artist, this one is awesome by virtue of its exceptionally short length. Weighing in at one page, of which only three panels are of fighting, Bruce beats the snot out of some hired prison goons, in Blackgate Prison. The thugs get the drop on him, and Patches takes them down, with one hand, while holding his food tray, informing them he would greatly appreciate being allowed to eat in peace. Not many fighters from Marvel, DC, or any other publisher could manage to pull this off, and he has them on the floor within one to two hits each. Well done Bruce Wayne.

4 – Iron Man vs The Incredible Hulk

 

Brought to us through the Iron Man – World War Hulk tie in, in Iron Man #19, this fight would have been mediocre at best without the commentary in nearly every panel. As Tony Stark dons the Hulkbuster armour, a speech is being given during the fight, if we allow ourselves to suspend our disbelief that Stark could come up with this while getting pounded by the Hulk, or perhaps believe that it is pre-recorded, the words actually manage to elevate this fight from decent to outstanding. Good enough to send shivers down most people’s spines, as Tony explains his reasoning behind his decisions, and suits up to fight what could potentially be his final battle. Usually we don’t consider the text to be important to the fighting, but in this case, Christos N. Gage has shown us exactly what can be achieved through a proper combination of the two.

3 – Deadpool vs Sabertooth

 

Located in Cable & Deadpool #41, this has all the hallmarks of a hilarious encounter with Deadpool. Starting from the beginning however, there is an amazing lead up to the fight with Domino’s line “Even if I did, I won’t be getting a word in edgewise…” As Deadpool parachutes in and does what he does (or what Wolverine does, but not quite as well, we can never be sure). There were two main selling points on this, the first was that it was an entirely selfless act by Deadpool, and the second was the full page of Wade Wilson unloading round after round, and clip after clip into Sabertooth, while singing, ending with “Hey, look at that. No mo’ buwwets.” To humiliate him even further, he was laughing at Sabertooth while he shuffled around with his tendons shot to pieces, like “Taylor Hicks trying to do Swan Lake.” As great as it was, and as hilarious as Deadpool can be, it ends with Cable telekinetically throwing him in a direction picket at random, ending the issue with a laugh.

2 – Obi-wan Kenobi vs Darth Krayt

Dark Horse makes it into the top 5, and before I get any nitpicking comments, he wasn’t Darth Krayt yet when he fought Obi-wan, he was still simply A’sharad Hett. Carrying on, this one can be found in Star Wars: Legacy #16, and could deserve to be on this list simply by virtue of having lightsabers, or by featuring Obi-wan, one of my favourite Star Wars characters of all time, and I know quite a few of them. The fight is set on Tatooine, and tells the story of Obi-wan’s secret mission to protect Luke Skywalker as he grew up on the remote planet. This assumed, but previously untold story of Obi-wan’s duty is a great revelation, and it is phenomenal to see it represented graphically in a comic book. Simply put, the artist Jan Duursema, manages to give this fight a sense of speed and urgency that is merely attempted by other artists. This is no mere feat in and of itself, but he keeps it up for just over four pages with no dialogue save some “oof” speech bubbles. Obi-wan exiles the shamed Master Hett, and he swears to leave Tatooine and never return.

 

1 – Thor vs Iron Man

 

Thor #3; in my opinion possibly the best comic released this year. During Civil War, Tony Stark used Thor’s genetic code to create a Thor clone, which killed Goliath. Now Thor has returned, and needless to say, Thor is pissed. Thor once said that he never used more than 1/3 of his Asgardian might fighting any mortal, for fear of killing them, but right now, he’s pretty freaking pissed, and it doesn’t help that Iron Man has appeared on SHIELD business, and is upset about Thor basically stealing American Soil, and making a new Asgard on it (see Thor 1 & 2). To quote Thor himself “You defiled my body, desecrated my trust, violated everything that I am. Is this how you define friendship? Is it?” He then uses the mighty Mjolnir to produce a substantial throbbing in Tony Stark’s chest. Similar to how the Patches Malone fight was awesome because they couldn’t touch him, Iron Man throws everything he has at Thor, and he never stands a chance. He tells Iron Man what’s up, and notes that they will finish “discussing” the violation of his person.

 

 

 

That’s it for the Top 5 Fights of 2007, other fights that were considered were Iron Man & Captain America vs mecha-Thor in What If? Civil War, Amadeus Cho vs just about anything in the recent World War Hulk, also from WWH was Ghost Rider vs Hulk in Ghost Rider #13, and lastly Namor vs either Wolverine or Venom in Sub-Mariner: The Initiative issues #4 and 5 respectively. I look forward to hearing your input, and have a safe and happy new year! I will see you all again in 2008!

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Review: Thor #5

            Big issue of the week for me is Thor.  As many of you know (or could guess from the banner at the top of the page, or my avatar), I am a big Thor fan.  Thor #5 was released this week, and I actually had a request to post my thoughts about it.  So for the first time I can say “by request” I have reviewed Thor #5.  No big spoilers here even though I do go through the plot in depth, but be warned, in order to really review this comic, I gotta give away the ending.  If you have doubts, as always, feel free to skip to the Is it Worth Buying section.

 

Lead up to story

            It is official, Thor is back.  I’m going to give you some background info on what has happened in the previous three issues, but if you haven’t read them, stop whatever you are doing and go read them by whatever means necessary, I’m serious, they’re that good, especially issue #3.  Essentially, Thor has returned, and he is seeking out his fellow Asgardians that are trapped in mortal bodies.

 

Plot Synopsis and Evaluation

           Thor is written by Joseph Michael Straczynski, and this issue opens with a man putting in a mailbox in front of the floating Asgard, and he makes it look way easier than it really is, anyone who’s had to install a mailbox themselves will know what I’m talking about.  Inside the mailbox, he puts a letter to the local town meeting, promising cakes and ice cream, entirely nonessential, but very humorous.  Moving on to the main plot; so far, Thor has found few of his fellow deities, and Heimdall informs him that the trapped Asgardians are disappearing, and these disappearances are related to a growing darkness to the west.  Fearing that his lady Sif may be among those disappearing, for Heimdall has not yet found her, Thor flies off to investigate. 
Upon arrival, Thor finds someplace underground that is ambiguously undescribed and must be assumed to be some sort of jail (that’s what it looks like at least).  Before Thor can even get down to freeing the prisoners, one of whom has the potential to be Sif, the destroyer appears, and does battle with the mighty Thor.  Thor is victorious (are we really surprised?), and the destroyer was manned by, of all people, Balder, the one who triggered Ragnarok and ended Asgard.  Returning to the jail-thing, Thor finds that the beautiful woman that waits there is not Sif, but Loki!  Loki is now female, but Thor offers him/her solace, and a second chance, he/she vows to repent, and we, the reader, do not believe him/her at all.  The issue ends with Loki making deals with Dr. Doom.
            On the whole, I am a little disappointed in this issue, but then again, one can not appreciate Thor’s greatness without some mediocre issues.  It isn’t bad by any means, but I did not find myself in love with the issue.  My main problem with this issue is that not much happens, and frankly, as I will elaborate on in the art section, the fight scene was boring.  I am not so sure how I feel about Loki being female either, I have enough faith is Starcynski that I will wait it out and see how it goes.  I will say though that at least they are bringing in the villains.  I do very much appreciate the mini subplot about the town meeting, with the Asgardian gods showing up looking for cake.

 

Art Critique

            Thor is drawn by Oliver Coipel, and I am generally pleased with his work.  He draws Thor to be an outrageously huge.  I’m ok with this, he’s an Asgardian god, and he can be as big as he wants to be.  Coipel has also given Thor a much blockier face than we were used to, but this also seems to suit him.  Overall, I would say that I am very impressed not only by the overall quality of the art that Oliver is putting out, but also by his representations of the characters.  He really seems to be able to capture their essence, and picture them just as I would imagine them, especially Thor.  Broad shoulders, freaking huge arms, and a huge cape, topped off with shining armor.  The only critique I would have is that he seems to be puzzled with how to draw faces, but even this is some of the time.  I think it may be the eyes that throw him off, as Thor is often depicted as having his eyes shadowed by his helmet.  In theory, I’m ok with this, but in one panel Thor is drawn with one eye shown, and one eye shadowed, and it gives a very odd look to the panel, and draws away from the flow of the comic, as I was distracted by the eye (singular), it made be exceptionally uncomfortable.

 

Is it Worth Buying?

            I would say yes, Thor #5 is worth buying especially if you own the first four, and given that you should own those, logically, it follows that you should buy this one too.  Yes, by Thor standards this was mediocre, but by current standards, it’s still a great comic.  Also, it is important to note that this comic is to set up for the coming series, the story could not have continued much longer with Thor wandering the world seeking out his fellow Asgardians, bringing in the villains is a very good way of bringing some additional plot into the story.  Also, why does Microsoft Word not have Asgard or Ragnarok in the dictionary?  Closest thing it’s giving me to Ragnarok is Kangaroo, and that can’t be right…  

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