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Review – Thor: Metal Gods Episode 5

Marvel's Thor: Metal Gods Episode 1 (Serial Box) cover detail
Thor: Metal Gods Episiode 5

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: Brian Keene

Book Format: AudiobookFormat

Publisher - Orgnization: Serial Box

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Date published: 2020-01-09

Overall
8.3/10
8.3/10
  • Writing - 8/10
    8/10
  • Narration - 8.5/10
    8.5/10
  • Overall - 8.25/10
    8.3/10
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Summary

Narrator: Daniel Gillies

Thor: Metal Gods Episode 5 brings the two brothers together, and that can only mean one thing. Chaos. Thor’s quest continues, with Loki directly in his path.

 

Shelter for the Wicked – Thor: Metal Gods Episode 5

Thor’s epic (and metal) quest continues in Thor: Metal Gods Episode 5. Last we saw, Thor had allied with a new crew, all of whom have the same goal. Unsurprisingly, that means their next target will be the one and only Loki. Because realistically, who else would be behind this mess?

Thor: Metal Gods is being produced by Serial Box, which has resulted in a unique adaptation of the format. Thor’s story can be either read or listened to, and a new chapter/episode drops every Thursday. What is interesting about this series is that it has held true to the theme indicated in the title. The musical elements are subtle at times and very strong at others. But it has added a unique spin on a tale we know so well.

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

Haven’t heard of Serial Box? It’s a platform specifically designed to release novels and audiobooks in episode format. Meaning you get a little bit every week, much like you would an episode in a series. Thor: Metal Gods is their first Marvel adventure, but with any luck, it won’t be the last. Black Panther, Jessica Jones (can’t wait!), and Black Widow are all on the lineup as well.

Brotherly Love

Thor: Metal Gods Episode 5 is a fun and entertaining read (or listen). In a lot of ways this episode felt like Thor’s comics—it held true to his nature in more than one way. But it also had some fun, thanks to the different formats available.

Realistically, there probably aren’t that many Thor series out there that don’t at least mention Loki. After all, Loki is quite the troublemaker. Brian Keene took full advantage of that fact in this episode, having fun with the tropes of brotherhood—and the mischief that Loki can cause.

Comic fans, in particular, will enjoy Episode 5, as it makes so many (sometimes subtle) references to the larger Marvel universe. Many of these references are merely a mention of a species or character here and there, but it still goes a long way in grounding this series in that reality. Though there is one appearance, in particular, that should make fans laugh—I know it gave me a good chuckle.

I especially enjoyed the more humorous tone in this episode, though if I’m being honest, I’m not entirely sure that was intended. I think it was. There’s a strong sense of tongue-in-cheek here which, combined with Thor’s attitude, makes the whole episode read as rather cheeky. I loved it.

Narration

Once again, Daniel Gillies delivered us an entertaining narration in the form of Thor: Metal Gods Episode 5. If you’ve been following the series (or read any of my past reviews of it), then you already know that this series has enjoyed adding in subtle sound effects to enhance the experience. That works well here.

If I’m being honest, it’s the voices that I really enjoyed in this episode. Gillies has really started to sink into the roles of the leading characters, and I’m really enjoying that. Additionally, this is the first time in several chapters that we got to hear Loki, so the reminder of how he sounded is refreshing. I have a feeling we’re going to be hearing a lot more of him in the future.

Conclusion

Thor: Metal Gods Episode 5 is another fun and entertaining addition to the series. I actually think I like this episode more than some of the previous ones, partially thanks to the balance of humor and action.

I’m looking forward to seeing where this series goes next—and how much trouble Loki will get into before it’s all said and done. Additionally, I can’t help but find myself hoping that this story does well, because I want to see the other promised series (see above).


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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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