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Noteworthy Issues: Immortal Thor #3 (October, 2023)

Loki puts Thor to the test of the young Allfather's own good.

Let’s face it:  this is a series by Al Ewing with the word “immortal” in the title, and fans of his Immortal Hulk will probably check it out for that reason alone.  But this is a Thor series, so the direction is going to be totally different.

As it should be.

Issue:  Immortal Thor #3, October 2023

Writer:  Al Ewing

Artist:  Martin Coccolo

The Plot:  Loki, seeing their brother in trouble, helps as only they can.

Commentary:  Over the first two issues, Thor met his, more or less, ultra form in Toranos, a Thunder God that stands over a Thunder God, and Thor barely beat the guy.  He knows Toranos is coming back, and to that end, androgynous sibling Loki, now the God of Stories, offered their help by sending Thor into a dreamscape to learn a lesson.

If Thor had been calming down now that he’s the King of Asgard, he shows no sign of that here.  He wants answers, and Loki has assumed a more villainous form, one that Thor cannot quite comprehend the meaning of because, well, this is Loki.  Loki doesn’t just come out and say things.  Where’s the fun in that?

Essentially, this issue puts the spotlight on the relationship between Thor and Loki, showing how the pair know each other as well as they do and allowing Thor to learn a lesson that could only have been taught by Loki in a very Loki-ish manner.  The lesson seems like something that wouldn’t look too out of place in Norse mythology as Thor rages but only gets the answers he seeks when he’s calm.  And again, Loki just can’t come right out and say it.  Though Loki also seemed to know something of what was coming in issue #1, so it remains to be seen what is really happening here.  That said, I am glad to find out.

Grade:  B