Review: Ragnarok #7

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Publisher: IDW
Writer: Walter Simonson
Art: Walter Simonson
Colours: Laura Martin
Letterer: John Workman

Ragnarok #7 is an old comic. I’m not talking about when it was published but the feel of it is old. The writing, the art, even the subject matter hearkens back to an early time of comics.

Issue #7 starts off after the Norse apocalypse and death of the Gods Ragnarok, a famous event in the storytelling of early Medieval Scandinavia. It involved wars with demons, Thor battling a giant serpent called Jormungand (a child of Loki) and Odin being eaten whole by a giant wolf called Fenrir (also a child of Loki). Now IDW’s Ragnarok is not the first franchise to address Norse mythology in this manner as it has been used frequently in films, games and other comics. So what sets this comic apart from the others? Well not very much and this works for it. By sticking to the formula that works we get a standard but enjoyable comic.

The writing is certainly melodramatic and is similar to something you would find in Conan, Kull or any other loincloth wearing barbarian franchise. This issue contains a lot of yelling at the sky in fits of anger and declarations of honour. The story follows Thor after Ragnarok where he is racked with survivors guilt over the death of his family while trying to find out for what purpose he has been kept alive.

The artwork is fantastic and is similar to some of the work of John Romita jr’s work on the Eternals with a heavy science fiction feel to the character and landscape designs. Along side this there are a lot of influences from actually Scandinavia art and design from the Viking time periods with the design of Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir, to depictions of his father Odin. The action comes out especially well in this issue with one on one duels and the start of a grander battle between the main characters and host of monsters.

Ragnarok #7 is is not an original idea but it is an enjoyable one for fans of fantasy and science fiction who are wanting a good read. There is more to come and it seems worth keeping up with.