This story starts with Thor hunting for an evil he senses somewhere within the city, although he is unsure what the evil is or where it is. Failing to find it, he returns to his office and his identity as Dr. Don Blake.
Meanwhile, in disguise, Loki pays the bail to free The Cobra and Mr. Hyde. Then, revealing who he is to the duo, he outlines a plan for them to stop Thor, telling them they must first capture Jane Foster, the nurse for Dr. Don Blake.
Following the plan, they capture Jane and convince Thor not to peruse; otherwise, they will harm her. At that time, in Asgard, Loki is playing Odin to start watching his son at just the right time to witness Thor abandon chase of the criminals, leading to Thor being banished from Asgard. Thor ignoring his banishment, invades Asgard to get to Loki and find out where The Cobra and Mr. Hyde are keeping Jane.
This is the first part of a two-part story, and by the time we are at the end, it leaves the hero and the nurse in an incredibly bad spot at the end. But it is a tension-building and well-written part one that I can only hope part two will live up to. Thus far proving to be an enjoyable read and one that I know part two won’t let me down on. In fact, go read this story and its part two and come back and tell me what you think of each.
The two panels that make up page 10 and represent the majority of the action as Thor single-handedly fights his way into Asgard after being banished are incredible displays of action and peace’s of art worthy of framing. But that is just one example of the fine art that makes up this issue; others are also spread out through this review.
Characters and development
This story sets up the following more then building on the characters itself. we don’t get to resolution but instead lay the groundwork for the epic tale. But it is not without development, First Loki does boost the power of two of Thor’s reoccurring foes. More importantly perhaps we get to see another fine example of the kind of complex and multi-layered planning that Loki is capable of. As in other recent tales being a mastermind behind the scenes more then in direct conflict with the God of Thunder.
One interesting thing to point out is that Loki while knowing Thor and Don Blake are one and the same, cannot reveal that truth to his allies in this story even while directing them to get to Thor indirectly by going for Blakes’s Nurse Jane Foster.