Next up? A Marvel Fear Itself tie-in issue! I mean let's face it, I wouldn't feel right if I wasn't reading/reviewing several Fear Itself issues over the course of the week. This issue SHOULD be different though, as I THINK(and I could be wrong) that it focuses on the childhood of Odin and the Serpent, which could give us some great insights into the force behind the Fear Itself event. Or maybe I'm wrong. Well, there's only one sure way to find out...
Mighty Thor #7(Fear Itself tie-in):
Summary: Yup, this is the Serpent origin issue... It starts off with the father of Odin and the Serpent dying, and the Serpent, who was unprepared for being the all-father, taking over. The Serpent chose to be an evil god who inflicted panic and fear upon those that worshiped him, and soon took several allies(the Worthy) to help him spread his message of fear. Odin, unable to defeat his brother, heads to the World Tree and sacrifices his eye to find a way to stop his brother, who had become mad with power. The World Tree ends up giving Odin the whole, “The Serpent will die at the hands of your son, etc, etc” prophecy, which was fine at the time since Odin had no son as of yet. Eventually Odin and his two younger brothers stage a massive assault on the Serpent's stronghold, and the Serpent decides to send his Worthy away so that Odin couldn't kill them. Odin winds up knocking the Serpent far, far away, and buries him under the sea(or where ever it was that the Serpent wound up). With that Odin destroys everybody who knew of the Serpent from all the 9 worlds and took over as the all-father, always hoping that he had done enough to free his eventual son from the dread prophecy.
Thoughts: No problems here for me. This was a really good, fun, fast-paced comic. If I had a complaint, it would be that we never find out WHY the Serpent goes so insane, I guess I'll just chalk it up to the old, “Absolute power corrupts absolutely” adage. There really wasn't a lot of dialogue here, which was fine since we really didn't need a lot of words... The story was pretty easy to follow. So this was a really good read, but it's not like you NEED to read this issue to further enjoy/appreciate the events of Fear Itself.
Score: 8 1/2 out of 10.Damn, you really don't want to piss Odin off!