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Review – Thor: Metal Gods Episode 4

Marvel's Thor: Metal Gods Episode 1 (Serial Box) cover detail
Review - Thor: Metal Gods Episode 4

Book Title: Marvel's Thor: Metal Gods

Book Description: “Thor and Loki embark on a cosmic odyssey to stop the return of an ancient evil in Marvel’s Thor: Metal Gods. A space adventure on an epic scale, the series propels Thor and Loki on a quest to recover a dangerous alien artifact. Together with Korean tiger-goddess, a charismatic, gender-fluid space pirate, and Frost Giant mercenaries, the sons of Odin must each confront their pasts and face the truth behind the destruction of a planet that Thor once tried to help. Tinged with humor, celestial horror, complex relationships, space battles, barroom brawls, and blasts of sheer fun.”

Book Author: Yoon Ha Lee

Book Format: AudiobookFormat

Publisher - Orgnization: SerialBox

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Date published: 2020-01-02

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  • Narration - 8/10
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Summary

Narrator: Daniel Gillies

Thor: Metal Gods Episode 4 is a surprising blend of old and new, combining classic themes of Thor with surprising twists.

 

How History Repeats in Thor: Metal Gods Episode 4

Thor: Metal Gods Episode 4 continues Thor’s epic quest on Serial Box. For those that haven’t been following; Serial Box recently obtained the rights to start telling stories about some of our beloved Marvel characters. They’re starting off with the God of Thunder.

Each week Serial Box has been dropping a new episode of Thor: Metal Gods. It’s a unique format, in that we’re given the options to read or listen as we see fit. Though the plot itself is also very different from the comics we’ve grown so used to—and that’s not a bad thing.

Marvel's Thor Metal Gods (Serial Box) cover (episode 1)
Marvel’s Thor: Metal Gods (Serial Box) cover

Thus far, Thor has found himself working alongside an old ally in order to right a wrong. Unsurprisingly, ties have been found leading back to Loki, all while Thor has been forced to work slightly outside of his comfort zones. All of this has made for a distinctive reading experience, one that is as quirky as it is entertaining.

The Plot Thickens

Thor: Metal Gods has been running long enough for us to have set some expectations for each episode. We now can safely assume that each episode will have a musical theme—as the title of the series hints at. We also know that Thor will be placed slightly outside of his element, but there will also be classic elements of Thor’s series found here.

Thor: Metal Gods Episode 4 follows that pattern, while also being unafraid to advance the plot by leaps and bounds. This episode was nicely done, in that it had that perfect balance between backstory (vital at this point in the plot) and action.

There were several fascinating elements woven into this episode. Most of them came from Marvel comics lore—specifically, from the many characters and races that can be found out in space. That inclusion was a brilliant decision, as it has brought this arc back around to something familiar and grounding.

Yoon Ha Lee was the primary writer for this episode, and once again they have woven an intricate and interesting tale. What makes this series so standout is how different it is. Imagine Thor’s comics. Now imagine the movies. They’re both similar and different in their own ways, right? The same can be said for this new format. It’s made for a refreshing experience, removing all of the predictable elements that we’ve come to rely on.

Narration

Thankfully, Daniel Gillies is still the narrator for this project. This far into the plot, it just wouldn’t feel the same without him. At this point in the series, I’ve come to really enjoy his take on Thor in particular. He’s nailed that balance between egotistical and kind that only Thor can manage.

Thor: Metal Gods Episode 4 had a lot of ground to cover, with lots of backstory followed by a little bit of action. But Gillies kept up with the pace. Additionally, the sound effects I’ve mentioned in previous reviews were well done here. Especially during the later scenes, which easily could have become overwhelming and distracting.

Conclusion

Thor: Metal Gods Episode 4 was another fast-paced and unique reading experience from Serial Box. This may be the first series of its kind, but I for one am looking forward to seeing how it plays out. I’m also looking forward to hearing news about the series that should be following this one—especially Black Widow’s.


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Cat Wyatt

Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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