by Matt Fraction (writer), Alan Davis (art), Chris Sotomayor (colors)

The Story: Thor tries to either rally, or beat down, the Asgardians and the Nine Worlds catch fire and Loki finds his back against the wall.

The Review: I’ve been pretty high on the Everything Burns crossover thus far.  It’s brought the absolute best out of Fraction’s title while serving as a perfect culmination for Gillen’s title.  Unfortunately, this issue of Mighty Thor is very much a transitional issue.  Things are consolidated, pieces are shuffled a bit on the board, and there’s one, big, giant reveal/cliffhanger on the last page.

That doesn’t mean this is a bad issue though, far from it.  Everything that’s made this crossover so great is still present: I continue to enjoy the political machinations, with rulers being scandalized and imprisoned and the Asgardians going into revolt.  Politics are a tried and true staple of great fantasy novels (just look at the Songs of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones!) so it’s no surprise how well it continues to work here.

Fraction also does make some adjustments that strengthen his work overall.  One of the very few complaints I had in his last issue was that Kid Loki’s voice just wasn’t as strong as it is in Gillen’s book.  Well, this month, Fraction fixes that problem and Kid Loki is back to his lovable self, with a couple of great lines and his always fantastic, nuanced relationship with Thor on full display.

Art-wise, once again it’s Alan Davis drawing a fantasy book so, no surprise, it’s excellent.  Davis gets to draw some great, worlds spanning battle scenes this month, which is awesome.  His Surtur also continues to look amazing and Davis’ remains escapist, immersive fun with a very classic fantasy, swords and sorcery feel.  He’s a perfect fit for this comic.

I do also continue to enjoy how everything has fallen apart for Loki here.  Readers of Journey into Mystery have been so used to seeing him one step ahead of everyone that now, seeing him hopelessly begging for favours, only to be rejected, is a tragic, but very effective change of pace.

Also, that cliffhanger.  Man, oh man, that’s a doozy.  I’ve no idea where Fraction and Gillen are going with that, but it definitely has me glad as hell that this crossover is coming out in weekly installments.  Of course, those who’ve not been reading Journey into Mystery will be completely clueless about it.

Conclusion: It’s very much a transitional issue, but it still retains the flavour that’s made the crossover a success thus far and it ends on a huge high note, which seems to ensure that the next installment will be vital.  Also, Alan Davis art is never a bad thing.

Grade: B

-Alex Evans