Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Comics Review: Mighty Thor #197

Written By Gerry Conway
Pencils By John Buscema
Inks By Vince Colletta

So here we go folks. A knock-down, drag-out fight between the Mighty Thor and Kartag, the keeper of the well. That was a damn mouthful. It’s a basic Bronze Age Marvel battle where Thor starts out winning then Kartag gets the upper hand. Thor makes his big baby face comeback only to be knocked down by Kartag again. The Warrior Three would like to jump in to lend a hand but Satrina ain’t gonna let that go down. She lets it slip that Kartag is her man and she aims to fix the fight in his favor.

Kartag and Thor then fall into the Well while fighting. That would happen to people all the time. If I get into a fight with a giant guardian monster then it’s almost certain that we tumble into a lake/well/pond. Comics would never lie to me. Right? Wait, what was I talking about? Oh yeah, this comic.

The Norns show up and tell Kartag to let Thor take some of the Well water. Wait what? All that fighting for nothing? The Norns pour some of the Well water on to Thors Hammer and tells Kartag to go with Thor and the Warriors Three to save Asgard and Odin. So just like that Kartag is a good guy now? That's a pretty damn fast about face. Next time I go into work I’ll attack a co worker and then tell my boss to tell said co worker to be my best friend. This has got to work!

Thor and crew then get teleported to the rainbow bridge and find Asgard missing. Like it was stolen by hippies. Damn, hippies. They just love bright colorful things.  If they had any sense they would have looked down and seen the Bifrost and taken that too! Boy, did I just hijack this review or what? With the Well Water Thor swings his hammer and finds Asgard hidden away by Odin using his last ounce of magic. Thor runs in to stop Mangog from  killing Odin.

Kind of an odd story. The dialogue is a little wooden, to tell the truth. But the thing that stands out is the pencil art of John Buscema. It’s just amazing. From the way it’s laid out to how BIG John draws the flowing cape of the Thunder God. I could go on for hours but I’ll stop now. I’ll be back in a few days to let you know if Odin bites the big one. (I bet he won’t.)

-Tash Moore

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