Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Comics Rant: Mighty Thor #218

Written By Gerry Conway
Pencils By John Buscema
Inks By Jim Mooney
Colors By G. Roussos

Well I am back as we have just a few more issues to wrap up this Bronze Age run of the Mighty Thor. It’s been a bit of a mixed bag but you know what? Almost any comic book you pick up, that could be the case. So away we go. But even more so the art has been fantastic. John Buscema is one of the all time greats and it’s pretty funny that he wasn’t a big fan of drawing super heroes. He was more happy doing Conan and sword and sorcery comics. He’s awesome with both, so “Big” John is totally a master in my book.

So yet again, with all the craziness that’s happened in the last few issues, Thor would like nothing more than to sit down in Asgard and catch a beer with the Warrior’s Three and dear old Dad, Odin. But there is no rest to be had! Odin knocks Thor’s hooch out of his hand and tells him there is a great danger to the universe…… AGAIN! Jeez, will Thor ever catch a break? I guess not.  So Thor, Sif and the former Rigel Colonizer Tana Nile go to her home planet because the planet has been taken over and blown away by... wait for it…. THE BLACK STARS!!!!

No word on if they wear baggy jeans and like 1990’s style hardcore gangsta rap. Ok it was really just a bunch of evil looking rocks or Astroids, if you like. My guess is that they still dig MC Hammer when he was “Too Legit To Quit" but ran for the hills when he went Gangsta and made an album that had Tupac on it. The Hammer and Tupac thing is not made up. So back to said review, or rant. Or whatever you’d like to call it. I call it filler, but hey, what do I know? ( Not much it seems).

Thor, Sif and Tana Nile all hop into Thor’s flying space boat and go in search of her people that have fled their planet. Which seems to be the best idea if a giant deadly force was coming right at me. It seems wise to get the hell out of dodge. After flying around for some time, Thor and crew finally find the Flagship of the Colonizers. It’s packed to the brim with the survivors of Tana’s world.

The elders who run the show tell Thor and by Thor I also mean the reader, that The Black Stars are from a billion light years away and just want to destroy everything in their path and the planet of Rigel was in the way. Now Earth, and even Asgard is now in it’s way and they want to blow that up as well. Oh No! So Thor and his rag tag crew decide that he has to stop them. I mean I hope he does. He is the damn hero of the book. So that was a nice primer to the action that will clearly take place next issue. It was nice that they slowed it down a bit. It was feeling too much like a Bendis book. Every great comic needs a lull period every once in awhile. Hell, even Die Hard has some down time to build tension. Respect. So I’ll be back for the big fight with Thor and the Black Stars. It’ll be tight, ya’ll!

-Tash Moore

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