This is good comics right here. I didn’t even remember this series before the collection recently appeared from DC Comics. But I am definitely glad to get a copy through my local library. The Twilight Experiment is highly worth a read for any superhero fan.
Crisp storytelling, solid art and a tale unique from a lot of the super powered fare on the market.
We pick up right where we left off last issue with a mortal Donald Blake lacking his hammer. But while Blake laments the loss of his weapon, Beta Ray Thor battles the gods of Asgard. Odin brings a quick stop to the battle and summons the true Thor to Asgard. Odin convinces Beta Ray to calm his aggression and the three go off to discuss Beta Ray’s history and why exactly he can lift Thor’s hammer.
Meanwhile, Lady Sif walks through the high seat only to see Thor kissing last issue’s edition to Asgard, Lorelei. After getting mad at her former love, she stomps off. “Thor” reveals he is actually Loki and laughs at his success with Lorelei, sister of the Enchantress.
Bill gives the history of his people and his current form. Odin declares that he must now face Thor in mortal combat to determine the true holder of mighty Mjolnir. The brutal battle commences on the barren plain of Svartheim.
We go back to the subplots as Balder and Volstagg walk through the city of Valhalla. A young warrior named Agnar stops them and challenges Balder to combat. Balder refuses combat as he now embraces only peace, but Agnar will hear none of it. He attacks, only to be stopped by the girth of Volstagg.
The battle between Bill and Thor continues in epic fashion, as few but Walter Simonson can draw it. The fight finishes and Bill is left standing… barely. But he disobeys Odin’s order, and returns from the barren realm with the still living Thor in his arms. He claims the hammer as the issue comes to an end.
We still are clearly very much in build mode right now. The subplots are starting to gain momentum, if slight, as the Beta Ray Bill story continues to move in quite the opposite direction of previous Thor stories. For Thor to be beaten blow by blow was a rarity when this story came out, but Bill proved his power in this one issue by beating Thor fairly.
Every Friday we bring our suggestion of a movie, DVD or television series to give a look.
By the co-writer of The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, Person of Interest is the best superhero show on television… without actually having any superheroes. It returns to television tonight (January 12) at 9 EST/8 CST. CBS.com has a few old episodes ready to watch if you are behind on the series.
A USA Today exclusive article announced the impending arrival of six new books in the New 52 line, starting with the return of Batman Inc!
Earth 2 and the Justice Society look to be back in a big way with not one but two titles. The previously announced Justice Society series by James Robinson and Nicola Scott will be known simply as Earth 2, while Paul Levitz will write and George Perez and Kevin Maguire will take turns drawing the tales of that universe’s Power Girl and Huntress stuck on the main DC earth in World’s Finest.
After the cancellation of his Vertigo Swamp Thing plans, science fiction author China Mieville finally will make his comic debut with Dial “H” for Hero of all things. The announced artist is Brian Bolland, so look for this one to either be a limited or to quickly get a new artist.
G.I. Combat looks to follow the structure of Men of War with a more traditional title. It looks to revive The War That Time Forgot with J.T. Krul and Ariel Olivetti. Back ups will continue, now more focused on at least two traditional DC war characters: the Unknown Soldier by Palmiotti, Gray and Dan Panosian and The Haunted Tank by John Arcudi and Scott Kolins.
Howard Mackie follows his former editor-in-chief back in to comics with DC on a new title that ties in to Scott Lobdell’s Superboy and Teen Titans. With art by Ian Churchill, The Ravagers will focus on a team of four rebellious young superheroes on the loose. The real question here: is this a reboot of Gen 13?
The upcoming crossover between Animal Man and Swamp Thing is now official as well.
Unfortunately the six arrivals come with the announcement of the first six cut titles that they are replacing. Fans of Men of War, Static Shock, Mister Terrific, OMAC, Hawk & Dove and Blackhawks will see those books end at issue eight to make room for the new titles.