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3.0 out of 5 stars Another piece of the puzzle, 17 Jan. 2013
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This review is from: Thor by Kieron Gillen Ultimate Collection (Paperback)
Thor: Ultimate Collection by Kieron Gillen collects issues #604-614 of Thor, as well as Siege: Loki and New Mutants #11 from 2009-2010. It works best either as a sequel to J. Michael Straczynski's run (collected as Volume 1, Volume 2 and Volume 3 or in one volume as an Omnibus) whose unfinished story it neatly concludes, or as a companion piece to Siege, whose events directly influence it to the point where this book is hard to follow without having read it beforehand, with only a few pages of dialogue-free recap images serving to summarize its plot. Simply put, as a book on its own merit, this cannot stand.

That's not to say it is without merit, however. The first arc (collected standalone as Latverian Prometheus) is the aforementioned conclusion to JMS' last story and pays off nicely the various plot points he set up: how long can a god survive without a heart?; how long shall Thor remain in exile from the Asgard he founded himself? I would maybe go as far to suggest simply reading that book instead of this if you just want the follow-up from JMS' books, because the rest of this Ultimate Collection is a bit of a mess. It's unfair to present these stories outside of context, but that's exactly what Marvel's done: the middle third of the book (originally released as Siege: Thor) drops you right in the middle of a much larger story without so much as a single piece of text explaining what's going on. Without shelling out for another book, well, see if you can figure it out. The final issues, from (Thor: Siege Aftermath), are readable on their own terms but are quite frankly boring, covering an expedition into hell (our hell, not the Norse variety) to sort out some trickery on the part of various devils and gods and one of the New Mutants and a lot of hocus pocus, mumbo jumbo and other phrases consisting of rhyming words. It's all very red and shouty and not terribly interesting.

Gillen's writing is fine but rarely exciting. His best work in this volume is wrapping up Straczynski's leftovers. Art is passable too, but nothing to write home about. In summary? Buy Latverian Prometheus if you're itching for closure, but if you're just itching for Thor, Marvel's not made it easy for you to like this book.

***As ever, I keep an eye on the comments section, so if you'd like to know anything about the book please ask below.***
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