Marvel’s Original Sin event is fast approaching its big showdown, with only about 5 more weeks to go before it all ends. Up until now it has been quite the spectacular event under Jason Aaron and Mike Deodato, and I have been very impressed by how it has all come together. To go with the event comics, Marvel has also started releasing some tie-ins that deal with the big moment from Original Sin #3, when the Orb unveiled one of Uatu’s eyes and the superheroes present were exposed to some pretty big secrets from their past. Last time it was a revelation between Hulk and Iron Man. Now…
Thor and Loki: The Tenth Realm is the second tie-in of this event and where the first was about an “accident”, the new issue is about a revelation about the past that was hidden from these two brothers, a revelation that shocks Thor to his core and also ends up getting All-Mother Freya extremely emotional, a state of being that I’ve never seen on her face in all the comics I’ve read with her to date. Jason Aaron and Al Ewing’s story is top-notch here with some really great moments and the art by Lee Garbet, Simone Bianchi and the others is impressive as well.
It isn’t really a big secret that the premise of this tie-in is that Thor and Loki have a sister, a sister who was separated from them back when they were kids, when Asgard waged a war against the (matriarchical?) Angels of the Tenth Realm. Their sister’s name is… Angela, who was introduced last year to Marvel Comics in the pages of Brian Michael Bendis’ Guardians of the Galaxy and has had some adventures with that superhero group. The second arc of that series, which featured Angela, was rather boring the main, and the revelation earlier this year about Angela being Thor’s real sister was quite the shocker. On one hand it is a really weird connection to throw upon the readers, but it also works really well in showing the family dynamics of Asgard’s ruling family and how Loki would deal with it all, being Thor and Angela’s half-brother at best and not really having the same connection to either.
Al Ewing is the penner of this script, with the story developed by him and Jason Aaron in concert, and he tells a really emotional tale as Thor discovers the truth about Angela and then goes to confront All-Mother Freya about her and the mysterious Tenth Realm which was severed by Odin uncounted years ago during the last war between Asgard and the Angels. The story as revealed is shocking, as expected, and Thor’s reaction is priceless, as is the fact that he takes the matter to his (true) brother Loki. The recently-launched Loki: Agent of Asgard series also takes a turn in this story as the issue ties in to that, making me quite curious about what is happening over there and I have to say that Ewing writes all the characters really well. He really gets these characters is what happens here.
Given how this issue ends, I expect there to be at least one more issue in sequel, and I really can’t wait to find out what is going to happen next. There are a lot of new mysteries being interwoven in this title, and for the moment I am very intrigued about all of it. Tie-ins are usually not all that good, Hulk vs Iron Man #1 certainly wasn’t, but Thor and Loki #1 is kind of changing my mind around for the better, and I’m certainly going to stick with it.
Lee Garbett does most of the pencils for this issue with Simone Bianchi doing two pages towards the end, with Nolan Woodard on hand to colour all of Garbett’s pages and VC’s Joe Sabino doing all the letters. The cover, which is pretty decent, is by Dale Keown and Jason Keith. The art in this issue is pretty impressive. Thor’s moment of revelation, his confrontation with All-Mother Freya, his seeking out Loki, everything is rendered really nicely and I loved all the big moments of this issue. There is a certain kinetic energy to the art overall, and I wouldn’t mind seeing the same team on some sort of an ongoing!
Far better than I expected, Thor and Loki: The Tenth Realm #1 has solidified my interest in the Original Sin event, and I eagerly await next week’s Original Sin #6.