Review: Ragnarök #1
Ragnarök…the Twilight of the Gods in Norse mythology…the destruction of the Nine Worlds. And now, three hundred years later, the birth of vengeance. Walter Simonson returns to comics in a BIG way with an all-new series… and doing what he does best!!
Walter Simonson once again takes on Norse mythology this month in his new series from IDW, Ragnarok #1. Simonson handles the script and art, but Laura Martin lends a hand on colors with John Workman providing lettering. Simonson has taken on Thor before, but how do things fare when it’s the actual Norse mythology this time and not that other god of thunder folks have come to know well?
The Twilight of the gods has come, and most all of the mighty have fallen in the epic battle. Three hundred years later the world is a much different place. Brynja, a Black Elf, embarks on a quest and a little something extra that will take her to places where no man has tread for centuries. Ragnarok may have ended, but the battle is just beginning. Can Byrnia make it past the giant gate guarded by a weird hammer? What will she and her team of assassins find if they are allowed to enter?
Simonson writes a solid story that dives right into the world of myth and magic. The Ragnarok event plays out over the course of 5 pages as we get a quick look at the big battle for the fate of the Nine Realms. We do get a peek at Thor, but this is a story about what happens after the battle, not the battle itself. Simonson throws us right into the story and builds up the characters and settings as he goes along. It’s a good read, but things really start clicking in the final pages. It’s a nice enough intro. The art is just pure Simonson. He uses a few of his tricks from that other Thor comic he used to do to make some stunning visuals and wide, sweeping fantasy settings. The 5 pages showing us the fall of the gods is nothing short of stunning. Martin’s colors help bring out all the details of Simonson’s art while keeping things a little more grounded than bright and colorful. It’s a nice mix that works well with this type of story.
Bottom Line: Simonson returns to comics in style, but the first issue of Ragnarok serves as quick set-up. With the final few pages promising bigger things, it appears we’ll be seeing lighting really strike next month. 3/5
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