This THORsday we’re reading Thor: Worthy Origins [The Book Depository] [Waterstones]. If you’ve seen Marvel movies, you already know that the brothers love and hate each other. Odin isn’t exactly the most tactful of parents, and so Loki ends up being jealous. He wasn’t always a cunning figure prone just to do evil as we can see in many of the old comics. Loki was young and naive once. Odin happened to mess up the brothers with his lousy parenting.
The comic book starts with the Norns. They are the narrators of this story. And it all begins with Thor dragging Loki around with the help of Volstagg. Amazingly, Volstagg looks pretty thin. Since they’re all young, they look fresh, and they’re all very naive. Thor’s target is to get into a fight and proof himself. What better place than Jotunheim?
If you look closer, you’ll notice that Loki’s fashion is fresher. He’s all open, hair in the air, and sweet. Plus, he’s wary of the ideas of his brother. Are you sure that you want to go to Jotunheim to piss the Jotuns off? What about if father realizes what we did? And so on. This is genuine. He cares, and he feels that they’re going to a doomed mission.
Maybe for Thor, it’s thrilling, but there’s something in Loki’s gut that tells him that Jotunheim is a terrible idea. Volstagg lets them there, and the two brothers go on an adventure. Loki isn’t frightened, but uneasy. There’s something in the place that’s familiar and yet not so much.
Thor, however, is very excited. He’s all about punching and teasing. And that’s what ends up happening: Jotuns appear, and the fight begins. But it’s a close one! Thor ends up cutting the hand of Farbauti. But the King of the Jotuns isn’t sad since he knows he has a lot to win in the end.
Loki happened to share some words with a Jotun, and sure enough, doubts appeared in his heart. When they go back to Asgard, Loki says to Odin what happened, without mentioning his conversation with the Jotun. “It’s all Thor’s fault.” After a while, Odin gives a present to Thor and tells him that he’s the chosen one to be the next king. He gives him Mjolnir. All the meanwhile, Loki keeps up being the trickster. More like comic relief and someone who can make you eat in a restaurant for free.
They go on adventures, but things aren’t easy for Loki. First, Thor lets him hold his hammer. But it’s too heavy. This has a toll on Loki who little by little becomes more jealous. While Thor shines like the Sun, Loki is forever trying to find his spot within Asgard.
The question is: do people laugh with Loki or make fun of him? One day, his doubts increase. While Thor and his friends are battling and trying out what Mjolnir can do, Loki is left aside. Farbauti appears and has a conversation with him. Don’t you feel out of place? Maybe there’s something else here?
Of course, Loki first appears wary and states that he is an Asgardian too. But at the bottom of his heart knows that something is amiss. And then it’s when the Trickster appears. He doesn’t find his place, his made fun of, directly and indirectly. Meanwhile, Thor and his hammer are the stars of the party.
So, Loki thinks about a majestic prank. He makes Thor believe he’s been abducted by the Jotuns. Thor first goes to his father for help. But Odin forbids him to go to Jotunheim. Thor doesn’t listen and goes to fight the Jotuns to get his brother back. Alas, it was all but a prank and what the Jotuns had was a crow.
Odin, enraged, decides to give Thor a lesson and banishes him and the hammer to Midgard. And then we can see Loki. His fashion has changed dramatically. He isn’t the fresh guy that we could look at the beginning of the comic; instead, he has the traditional green and gold attire from the old comics.
And so, Thor vanishes to Midgard. He forgets that he is Thor, and now he works as a surgeon along with Jane Foster. While working, they get fired for being philanthropists. So they go on a trip to Norway where they visit Viking sights. There’s something in the place that says something to the Doctor, but he cannot point at what. He is a crippled man, going up and down with a stick. Looking for Jane, he falls down some stairs. Then he listens Jane yell, and he goes to rescue her.
That’s when the stick becomes Mjolnir, and the Doctor transforms into Thor. Will this fight make him remember who he really is, or will this be just temporary?
The artwork of this volume is impressive. It’s fresh and invigorating. It’s also interesting to see the changes in fashion in Loki. While he is naive and young, his attire is new. However, as he grows trickier and doubts crowd more and more his heart, his fashion becomes less welcoming. He changes an open look for one that hides his features.
What will happen next? Will Thor remember? If so, will he go back to Asgard and say something to Loki?
I have Thor: Worthy Origins [The Book Depository] [Waterstones] in Italian. That’s why you can see the dialogs in Italian instead of English. I usually read everything in English, but I couldn’t wait to read this one, so I got the Italian version instead.
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