If you want to know about Norse mythology, Gods of Asgard is a great start. This graphic novel by Erik Evensen is a jewel. This graphic novel is a black and white 167-page treasure that resumes Norse myths with great accuracy. You will find a spooky Odin and a very tricky Loki in it. This is certainly a great pick if you don’t want to read a very thick book on Norse mythology, but it’s also a great idea if you want your kids to get interested in it.
Before starting to read it, please get rid of all the ideas that Marvel has put into your mind. These are the tales of the real Norse myths and not the inspiration that Marvel found in them. Despite this, Odin is still a douche. [Sorry, my opinion, but I am a real fan of Loki! Odin, read carefully, is a douche here as well.]
This is not an academic book, nor a book of religion. This graphic novel is a great start to knowing about Norse gods and what their stories were. It’s not so long, and it’s pretty easy to read. I would love it to be full color, but the choice of the author to be in black and white makes me remember manga. Japanese manga is usually colorless, like this graphic novel. I am not sure if the author got his inspiration from manga, or if he intended the story to feel old and otherworldly. Because those are the other feelings that the choice of monochrome creates on me while reading it.
My favorite character is no other than Loki, obviously. But if you take a look at this Loki you’ll find out that he is pretty different from Marvel’s Loki: he is a ginger, and he is dressed in red. Loki is handsome while his other kin are described as pretty ugly. He is a shapeshifter as well, but unlike Marvel’s Loki, he comes from the flames, not from the ice. If you want to discover the Trickster from Norse mythology, read this graphic novel. He is pretty cool!
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