So for those who have been following the past few months after my return, you might have expected to see something different after last week—perhaps, at a minimum, the first story from this issue instead of my jumping right to the second. Well, the first story is part one of two, and in a desire to let them be back to back, I opted to review “The Defeat of Odin” first.
This tale follows Odin and his legion of warriors from Asgard as they prepare to battle with Rivvak (son of Rampok, a mortal king who is now dead defied the rule of Odin). After the order to attack is given, the battlefield between the armies seems to turn against the legion of Asgard until amazingly Odin orders his legions to turn back in retreat.
Like the other tales in this series, it is a five page narrative that, at the end left me uninspired. It felt like at the heart perhaps their was a message trying to be given, one of bravery and of mercy. But the story and the message lands flat and in the end it may as well have not happened. This is even more so given the use of the one time foe Rivvak, offering the tale no longevity.
I quite liked the image of Odin leading Thor and the rest of his legion in a charge, arrows or other projectiles flying overhead. It is not unlike recent examples shared on this site of Kirbys work. but is is enjoyable just the same