While Thor was able to defeat Toranos, his Utgard counterpart, the war is just beginning against the Elder Gods. The war against the Elder Gods will be a long-term problem Thor will have to deal with. But it is not the God of Thunder and All-Father’s only problem. At the end of Immortal Thor #5 Minotaur, Roxxon CEO and new owner of Marvel Comics, appears to be teaming up with Enchantress. How will this villain team-up go? Let’s see if we find out with Immortal Thor #6.
Writer: Al Ewing
Artist: Martín Cóccolo
Colorist: Matt Wilson
Letterer: Joe Sabino
“A LEGEND FROM THE PAST! The All-Father sought answers to his new troubles in memories of old. And to refresh those memories, he consulted his Skald…to tell a tale of when Young Thor and Young Loki journeyed out beyond Asgard—on a quest that would determine the fate of all the Realms. This is the story of the IMMORTAL THOR…and of his first Journey Into Mystery.” – Marvel Comics
Coming off the epic battle against Toranos, Al Ewing and Martín Cóccolo take a step back to focus on character development. In doing so they can place a spotlight on the incredible chemistry between Thor and Loki. That chemistry carries Immortal Thor #6 to not feel like complete filler content.
Having Loki in his Skald of Asgard form has added a new personal twist to the relationship with Thor. The serious tone is believable because of the incredible job Cóccolo does with the design of Loki. There is a gravity to every word Loki speaks that didn’t exist in his other forms. In the process, Loki has more honesty than ever before with what he says to Thor and how he tells his stories.
This made the back-and-forth Loki and Thor have to open Immortal Thor#6 to have great intensity. Loki states “I am the Loki who will kill you” and Thor counters by saying he understands he knows his brother is his enemy was great. It set the tone for the first “Journey Into Mystery” tale that Loki told.
Ewing and Cóccolo paced the flashback story well. They blended the past and present in a way where occasionally the present Thor and Loki insert themselves into the story. It was done just enough to make sure you were still immersed in the story Loki was telling. Cóccolo’s adjustments to mix in more of a classic look to the flashback story helped with this pacing. Cóccolo’s art style was still apparent while having a look that this is a story from many years ago. This all enhanced the fantasy adventure story Ewing was telling through all the dialogue.
Mixing Loki’s story with the Minotaur and Enchantress team-up is what in the long term makes Immortal Thor #6 not a filler story. Ewing showing that Loki’s powers as a storyteller have such a reach that they can change history is an intriguing development. The ending creates the question as to what exactly Minotaur and Enchantress plan to do. Up to this point, we’ve only gotten a handful of pages for this part of the narrative. The follow-up now needs to give more development to the Minotaur and Enchantress side of things. If not, this story involving Minotaur and Enchantress will feel like a complete filler.
Immortal Thor #6 is carried by the incredible chemistry between Thor and Loki. Al Ewing and Martín Cóccolo did an excellent job at elevating that chemistry with a story that creates a lot of questions as to what comes next. That follow-up will be an important factor in this second arc either being a filler story or a strong continuation of this young creative run.
Story Rating: 8 Night Girls out of 10
Art Rating: 9 Night Girls out of 10
Overall Rating: 8.5 Night Girls out of 10