After the comic book title “Thor” had been re-titled into “Journey Into Mystery” (focusing on the young reborn Loki) once again, and during the release of “Fear itself”, Marvel executives releases a new title “The Mighty Thor” written by Matt Fraction and illustrated by Olivier Copiel and Mark Morales. This new title introduces a new story arc in issue numbers 1-6 called “The Galactus Seed” and takes place after the recent return of Odin, and after the events of “Thor” where the world tree Yggrasil has been rendered in twain; that results in a strange light that reflects all throughout space time. This storyline also occurs before the events of "Fear Itself".
At the command of Odin, Thor and the Lady Sif dove into the damaged roots between worlds to retrieve an object of power that grew from the insides of Yggrasil called the WorldHeart. They succeed in fighting off the perils within but Thor was wounded, and the wound doesn’t spew forth blood but an odd light that looks like the ones emanating from the world tree. While in Broxton, the citizenry had begun to entertain thoughts that prove the gods of Asgard to be unwelcome as they are a Christian community. But Asgard has other things to deal with, as the Silver Surfer announces that Galactus himself wants the WorldHeart to finally sate his hunger and Odin denies the request. Now the Asgardians must head out to battle to fight off Galactus himself…
“The Galactus Seed” starts off several key points that could begin a new adventure for several of its characters. Fraction uses the recent continuity to make his own groundwork, and he knew where to go with the tale. The premise of the story arc is very simple; it represents the need for beings to exist and to have security, how an object could represent different things to different beings, and how courage and heroism can be defined by every different situation. At first look, one could easily dismiss the themes of the story as any reader would be excited to read a tale where two powerful entities, Odin and Galactus go head to head, and while Thor and the Surfer went at it several times before, this was a struggle where each of them believed in their cause, and each of them would kill to win.
The subplot between the people of Broxton and Volstagg had its uses in the main premise, and it also provides opportunity to introduce a new character and inject some subtle touches of humor. It represents the uneasy relationship between gods and mortals, and how one can see such a relationship. As with most stories that involve Thor and his father, there is tension and distrust; it seems like the two knows more than they actually do; and this reflects the uneasy relationship between Galactus and his herald. Loki as a youngling as his own agenda with the WYRDS, and the events here may later define him. This 6-issue story arc also has some very subtle ‘visions’ about the upcoming events of “Fear Itself” and even some of Galactus’ own origin that has never been seen before. I could feel that Fraction is headed somewhere and by its conclusion, you know that he is establishing groundwork for future issues.
Coipel always does make some impressive fight sequences. The illustrations of the battles are almost like poetry that one could feel its other-worldly feel. There is almost an eerie look upon Odin and Galactus as they engage in a battle of wills and power. It was interesting how much of the battle occurs on the mental plain while Thor and the Surfer’s occur on a more physical level. Thor is already wounded and the way he fights reflect this handicap. There is a level of urgency expressed by the god of thunder as he works to end the conflict rather quickly. The two are very evenly matched and it was fun to see the Surfer use his board as a weapon as with Mjolnir. Long-time fans of Thor would remember how Thor made Galactus retreat for fear for his life, and this story somehow touches on the damage a god of thunder can do on the devourer of worlds.
“The Galactus Seed” may have set the time, and the movements for the future for our characters. I found the story arc quite well-written and honestly, it had several moments of intense struggle that I was rooting for the Asgardians to win and yet, I found myself at odds after seeing some of the potential dangers of the World Heart (you’ll have to read it to truly understand). “The Mighty Thor” new comic series makes a great debut in 2011. After all, who can resist the chances of a brawl that spans throughout the cosmos?
Thor Vs. The Silver Surfer….Odin battles Galactus…with Earth and Asgard caught in the middle. Oh, Loki is also involved, but not the way you may think… Displays fantastic art by Olivier Coipel and conscientious writing by Matt Fraction. Drama, action wrapped around fantasy elements…. See Full Review here.
It's a shining, golden, new age for the Thunder God and Matt Fraction and Olivier Coipel are back to lead the charge! Thor and Sif dive deep into the heart of the fractured World Tree to reclaim an artifact from beyond time and space, an artifact that attracts the attention of the Silver Surfer. And when a herald such as he arrives on Earth, the arrival of his master is certain to follow. Prepare for the return of the World Eater...prepare for the return of Galactus!
About the Author
Matt Fraction started creating comics with the smaller publishers, like AiT/Planet Lar and IDW Publishing. He is also known for his work on The Five Fists of Science and Casanova, as well as a number of series for Marvel Comics. Fraction is currently working on Marvel's Uncanny X-Men, Thor and Invincible Iron Man, the latter of which led to his consulting work on the set of the film Iron Man 2.
Olivier Coipel is one of Marvel's biggest artists, having worked on two of our biggest event books, House of M and Siege, both with Brian Michael Bendis.