Writer/Art: Walter Simonson
Colourist: Laura Martin
Editor: Scott Dunbier
Letterer: John Workman
Production: Chris Mowry
IDW’s Ragnarok. It almost sounds like a Thor spin-off and upon reading it, you’d be forgiven for thinking just that as IDW’s newly published series is the creation of ex-Thor scribe, Walter Simonson who worked as the character between 1983 – 1987. So how does Ragnarok fair? Read on to find out.
Now, I haven’t had the pleasure of reading the first one, so I have no idea of what has happened so far. Regardless, the protagonist of the story seems to be absent from this entire issue, instead focusing on a female Elf and her band of warriors diving into a Tomb, looking for gold. Although what, or should I say who they come across makes for a very interesting read. But to tell would be crossing important spoiler territory.
The art for the book is really great and makes for a nice blend of being really detailed while allowing itself to be easy on the eyes. Make no mistake about it ladies and gents, Walter still knows how to illustrate a story well and truly. The comic features a kamikaze of action sequences and panels all illustrated beautifully with well-placed Sound effects, bursting from the glossy pages of Ragnarok.
As for the story so far – again I haven’t read the last one so I’m unsure about the initial pacing but in issue 2 here, it feels rather sluggish with the whole story taking place in one area, like a single scene in a movie. That might not sound too well in writing but in the pages of ink and colour, it works well, building the story up to a climatic point that’s most likely being saved to drive the narrative in later issues. With the protagonist absent, we get to see what else is happening in the world that Walter is aiming to create within the Norse mythology.
Overall I feel it was a fun comic to read and a nice alternative to Thor fans, having been created and drawn from a past Thor artist and writer, you can trust this Norse story in Walter’s hands for sure. The pace is slow and steady but it’s building up quite nicely and with the climax of this issue, there’s sure to be more thunder later on. Albeit, there isn’t much in the way of dialogue in the former half, but they say a picture speaks a thousand words. While here in Ragnarok, a picture speaks a million.