Wow! Ok, once I got started, I have to read to the end of Thor: Ragnarok. Issues 81 through 85 went pretty fast even with so much exposition and philosophizing. In any case, it was a wild ride and it covered so many things that make comics great.
- Huge battles – check!
- Superheroes verses supervillains – check!
- Gods fighting gods – check!
- Demons and elves, dwarves and dragons – check!
- Strange universe changing children and crazy magic – check!
- Death of beloved heroes and resurrection – check!
- Avengers and Beta Ray Bill – check!
- Self mutilation and beheading? – check!
There’s so much going on in this storyline but Michael Avon Oeming manages to keep things together and builds a coherent story that tells the end of the Asgardian world. It’ll be interesting to see how much of this story becomes part of the next Thor movie, but I am glad to have read the story beforehand.
One thing that will sadly not be part of the movie is the wonderful art. There are some truly epic scenes in this story. From the fight with Thor, Cap, and Iron Man against Ulik, Loki, and Fenris to the major battle of Surtur as he invades Asgard for the last time.
I read through so fast I’ll need to go back to see what I’d rate things as, but I enjoyed the whole story. And with this as the start of the Avengers Disassembled story line, I’m hoping the rest of the event is as good as this.
I’d definitely recommend this story heading into the next Thor movie and if you’re interested in anyway in mythology or Norse gods, this’ll be fun too. For me, not only is this enjoyable because I love reading comics, but it’s also given me some perspective on SMITE and other games that base characters after these mythical beings.
You can find Thor: Ragnarok – Issues #80-#85 on Comixology, Marvel Unlimited, or at your local comic book shop.
Today’s Morning Ramble ties together a bunch of different wolves and features the Wolf Slayer deed in Lord of the Rings Online, the god Fenrir from SMITE, and Fenris from Thor.
Fenrir kicks my ass
I suppose I don’t have a bunch to say about this guy, but Fenrir is a tough god to compete against in SMITE. He’s an assassin of course and his leaping ability – Unchained – is a real pain. He jumps quite far and can stun you when he’s fully activated his passive. He’s also got Brutalize which is another gap closer that allows him to pounce and immediately score a bunch of hits which do some significant damage. With both movement abilities, it’s hard to stay far enough away from him to avoid getting slaughtered. Some day, I’m gonna have to try him out for myself, but I usually stay clear of trying to play assassins. Needless to say, I hate to see him selected by the opposing team.
Wolves play a large role in Lord of the Rings Online just as they do in many MMOs. This morning I actually accomplished a deed after fulfilling a few quests for Dora Brownlock in Waymeet that went along with my wolf theme for today. After saving her farm and rescuing her chickens, she asked me to vanquish the wolf leader that had been sending out minions to attack he livestock. Somewhere along the way to the Wolf Den next to her farm, I killed my 30th wolf and attained the Wolf Slayer deed. Sure, it didn’t offer a bunch, but I did get some LOTRO points and a new title – Fur-cutter. But more to the point, it reminded me that there are tons of little achievements to be had in LOTRO and it’s about time I dedicate some time to moving forward with my Minstrel.
Ragnarok has Started
In this issue. we again see the monstrosity that is Fenris (or Fenrir) the Wolf. In this case, though, he’s fulfilling his destiny by taking part in Ragnarok and fighting the gods of Norse Mythology. He, Loki, Ulik, and Hyrm have Surtur forge hammers using the mold of Mjolnir and they take on Thor and his god friends.
This is a pretty epic issue starting all the way back at the beginning of the world where Odin asks the Dwarves to fashion Mjolnir and he and his brothers slay Ymir to create the universe. Apparently, the Dwarves never got rid of the hammer’s mold and as they were transporting it to the Great Void, it fell into the river Vuluspa where Loki retrieves it and sets it to his dastardly will.