Posted - February 5, 2014 | Updated : August 27, 2015


Thor God of Thunder 17


The concluding chapter of 'The Accursed' story arc begins with a fight between the denizens of the Nine Realms underneath the streets of New York. Thor isn't doing very well as he is being attacked by a truly horrid creature referred to as a 'demonic centipede'. Yuk.



Then we get a great panel showing the timely arrival of the League of Realms.


the league of realms

The Light Elves represented by Ivory Honeyshot. Ud for the Trolls. Screwbeard for the Dwarves.

The adversary is the classic Thor villain, Malekith of the Dark Elves. Malekith's magic is particularly grisly under Jason Aaron's pen but this one bit is very nicely done.


malekith changes into butterflies

Thor's arrival wreathed with lightining is impressive enough but look at the panel at the lower left - when Mjolnir hits, Malekith changes into a a flight(?) of butterflies; the Dark Elf is shown to reform himself at a later panel. Just delightful.

I did say that Malekith's magic was very grisly right. Here's a great sample.


malekith's terrible spell

Eyes into vipers - holy shit!

Let's take a closer look at Screwbeard.


screwbeard


There are two popular stereotypes about Dwarves in Fantasy. The first are the cute Walt Disney dwarves. The second is the more popular Tolkien dwarves which we also see in Dungeons and Dragons and Magic the Gathering. This second Fantasy dwarf stereotype almost always has an axe as a weapon of choice. So I was taken aback by Screwbeard here who favors the unconventional sticks of dynamite. Not exactly refreshing but it's nice to know that Fantasy stories can depart from the stereotype from time to time.

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Here's what really got me up in arms.


screwbeard's hand gets cutoff

So Screwbeard gets his hand lobbed off (by a friend no less). Ok, par for the course, I've been watching and reading a lot of Game of Thrones. Now we have this panel.


the league of realms attacks

What the? Notice that Screwbeard is (1) apparently not feeling any pain and (2) making light of the loss of his limb. That's just off for me. I would think that in any battle the loss of a hand would have both a tremendous physical and psychological effect on the recipient - he certainly shouldn't be running around shouting battle cries 'for his hand'.

As the story continues, Malekith keeps throwing those cruel spells of his.


thor's liver turned to glass

'Liver into a tangle of broken glass'; and Thor manages to spit the said glass on his assailant. The Thunder God is just one tough customer.

Eventually, Malekith is subdued and Thor and company turns him over to the Tribal Council of the Dark Elves, presumably for execution or some similar punishment. The Tribal Council surprises everyone with a baffling move.


malekith king of the dark elves

Baffling it may be but I actually like this move. I like it because I don't understand it and it makes sense that the minds of the Dark Elves are so strange that we can't understand how they think and why they do the things they do. They're Dark Elves and the fact that the rest of us can't second guess them only makes future tales about them richer - and surprising.

Speaking of future tales this story concludes with a hint about the formation of a rival group to the League of Realms - I'm sure this will form the foundation of more Thor adventures going forward.

Strong storytelling, great art, and look, a bonus map of the Nine Realms.


map of the nine realms





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