Thor Undercover In Ragnarok: The Breaking Of Helheim #2

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
Thor has charged into Helheim, and he finds an army of Draugar waiting for him as he approaches a fortress. They claim to be the army of a man who calls himself Freyr. This Freyr is not the Vanir that Thor knows; it’s a man who has taken the name and seeks a seat of power in Helheim. Hel is nowhere to be seen, and Thor keeps his identity a secret from this Freyr. He has an army of slaves and Draugar doing the mining beneath the fortress, and this is where he sends Thor. Meanwhile, the villains in Ginnungagap continue their plan to kill Thor Odinson.

Ragnarok: The Breaking of Helheim #2 cover by Walter Simonson and Laura Martin
Ragnarok: The Breaking of Helheim #2 cover by Walter Simonson and Laura Martin

Ragnarok: The Breaking of Helheim #2 continues Thor’s journey into the Land of the Dead to gain vengeance for the death of Asgard. 
This issue finds a surprisingly clever and passive Thor using deceit and wit instead of strength and thunder. Freyr is a vain and arrogant man, and it’s easy to fool him into believing that Thor is just another wandering Draugr.
It’s hard to talk about this and not bring up Walt Simonson’s Thor work for Marvel Comics, but this still reads like a classic Thor comic during the Simonson era at Marvel. That is to say that it the book is creative, fun, and has a sense of humor to it. It builds upon classic Norse mythology well and plays it truer to the source material than Marvel has in quite some time.
Of course, playing it true to what we know of ancient Norse mythology isn’t all this book has to offer. It has the classic Simonson storytelling stylism as well as his unforgettable artwork. The comic once again looks fantastic, and Simonson’s line-heavy style never ceases to impress. Ragnarok has a very distinct look, and the creatures within keep the eye trained on the page from curiosity of what will appear next. Laura Martin’s color work is once again sickly and pale, fitting for a world drifting on after its own death. 
Ragnarok: The Breaking of Helheim #2 is another fun and engaging story focusing upon the God of Thunder after the death of Asgard. It’s an intriguing story finding our intrepid hero using the virtues of deceit and cunning to gain advantages and information of his enemies. Plus, I can’t rant enough about Simonson’s artwork in this comic. This one definitely gets a recommendation. Feel free to give it a read.
Ragnarok: The Breaking of Helheim #2 comes to us from writer, artist, and variant cover artist Walter Simonson, color artist Laura Martin, letterer John Workman, and cover artist Walter Simonson with Laura Martin.
Final Score: 8.5/10

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