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Review – Thor: Metal Gods Episode 8

Marvel's Thor: Metal Gods Episode 1 (Serial Box) cover detail
Thor: Metal Gods Episode 8

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: Jay Edidin

Book Format: AudiobookFormat

Publisher - Orgnization: Serial Box

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Date published: 2020-01-30

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  • Writing - 8/10
    8/10
  • Narration - 8/10
    8/10
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Summary

Narration: Daniel Gillies

Thor: Metal Gods Episode 8 brought with it plenty of character interactions and revelations, adding tension to an already complex plot.

 

Every Action Has a Cost in Thor: Metal Gods Episode 8

The epic metal quest continues in Thor: Metal Gods Episode 8. At the request of an old friend, Thor has once again thrown himself headfirst into a new challenge. From that moment onward, he was dealing with a journey of epic proportions—literally.

To think this all started out as a quest to find and save a few humans. Now it’s the hunt for a crown full of special properties, and a man called Nihilator. And, let’s not forget, dealing with Loki and all of his mischief.

Marvel's Thor Metal Gods (Serial Box) cover (episode 8)
Marvel’s Thor: Metal Gods (Serial Box) cover

Thor: Metal Gods is the first Marvel series to hit Serial Box, and as such it’s both creating and breaking the mold. This is a series that has pulled in many classic elements and characters from the Marvel universe, while also adding their own twists and accents here and there.

A Tale of Jealousy and Loyalties

Thor: Metal Gods Episode 8 is another action-filled episode in this series. Thor’s quest has taken several surprising turns, and that has proven to put Thor completely out of his element. These new elements are balanced out very nicely by hints of the old—references to the Kree, their warrior ways, and things of that nature. The opening reference to the Flerkens was a nice touch, but I may be slightly biased there (I love their fluffy butts).

Jay Edidin has the reins again for this episode, and he did an excellent job of showing us the complexity of the situation. Every character there has a past and their own motives for being there. Those motives are inevitably going to clash, and this episode has been steadily building towards it.

This episode had a lot of great things going for it. There are character dynamics and interactions coming out of every corner, it feels like. And that is going to add to the story in the long run—while creating some additional chaos in the short term.

Another highlight of this episode? The humor. That may be a bit surprising, given the next point I’m going to make. But I really felt like there were several opportunities for laughter here, starting with that opening quip I mentioned, and ending with a very unexpected reference or two (which are merely rumors, of course).

Perhaps the shining example in this episode is the fact that the writer was able to give some true weight to Thor’s perspective. This sort of emotional impact is where Thor really shines, as evidenced by the last several plot arcs in the comics. It’s wonderful to see that sort of depth here, and I honestly can’t wait to see how far it’ll go.

Narration

Thor: Metal Gods Episode 8 came with an audio version to listen to. That’s been the case with every episode, of course. But I can’t state this enough: I love that fans can opt to go with either (or rotate, or really find any other combination that works for them). It’s created a whole new experience, and one I’ve been looking forward to each week.

Daniel Gillies was the narrator once again, and I am so happy about that fact. This far into the series, there’s no hesitation when it comes to identifying his vocalization to each one of the characters. It’s like second nature.

One thing I noticed in this episode (which I’m sure was a thing previously, but really stood out to me this time) was how they broke up each segment. There’s this satisfying guitar sound in the background, which really fits the whole theme of the series. Yet, it’s not obtrusive. That sort of careful planning is why I love this series so much.

Conclusion

Thor: Metal Gods Episode 8 was another dramatic addition to this series. I’ve got to say, Thor’s story has adapted better to this format than I would have ever expected. And while I wasn’t certain about the musical theme of the series, it’s really grown on me. Now I’m actively looking forward to seeing how it’ll come together for the conclusion.


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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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