Published on September 10th, 2013 | by Mike Harding0
Marvel Graphic Novel Collection Issue 38 Review
The 38th book to be released in the collection (number 5 on the spine) is one that splits the sidekicks down the middle. There is a good reason for this, and if you listened to the latest Bumchin Takeover (Sidekickcast episode 82), then you may already know the reason. This book is Thor: The Last Viking, which is written, illustrated, and inked by Walter Simonson (Dan is not a fan).
The book reprints the story that ran between Thor issues 337 to 343, which was originally published way back in 1983 (making it 30 years old in November this year). The book introduces one of Marvel’s favourite aliens in the form of Beta Ray Bill, who is not even really the star of the story.
The book begins with the story entitled “Doom”, in which SHIELD approach Thor for help after they discover an alien ship heading toward earth. Thor approaches the ship and discovers Beta Ray Bill, who not only gives Thor a beating, but he also does the seemingly impossible and lifts Thor’s Hammer, leaving Thor trapped on Earth in his mortal for of Donald Blake.
The story continues in “A Fool and his Hammer” in which we learn the origin of Beta Ray Bill, and the fate of his people, and we also get a great confrontation between Bill and Thor with Mjlonir as the prize, the battle is really well plotted, with Bill the ultimate winner. Not only that, but he also decides that Odin’s “Battle to the Death” rule is stupid, and so saves Thor’s life.
In “Something old, something new”, the story slows down a bit, with Thor and Bill spending time in Asgard, whilst Lady Sif is sent on a mission for Odin. This part of the book ends with the creation of Beta Ray Bill’s hammer Stormbreaker, and Thor, Bill and Sif flying off into space to confront the evil that has been targeting Bill’s people.
“Though Hel shall bar the way”, deals with the climactic battle against the evil force polluting the universe. We then get a section dealing with the fallout of this story, which has Bill leaving to find the remnants of his people in the company of lady Sif.
The actual story of the Last Viking doesn’t actually start until issue 343, and issue 341 is a filler story that introduces Thor’s new human persona of Sigurd Jarlson. When the story does start, we meets a Viking named Eilif the lost, who seeks to trap Thor in order to guarantee his way into Valhalla, when Thor will lose his temper and kill him. Naturally, this does not go to plan and the pair team up to defeat a villain that Thor faced in the previous issue.
In regards to value for money, there are no hardback versions of the book available at this time, and the only other version of it is in “Thor – Walter Simonson Volume 1” which currently is available in paperback for around £15.
The extra features in this book are pretty poor with only feature on Walter Simonson, and an artist sketchpad featuring character designs. Naturally at this point in the collection there are no new reveals available.
The next book to be released will be Mark Millar’s Civil War, which is one of Marvel’s on-going series of events that continue to tie in to one another and launch new titles.
This latest release leaves the list looking like this:
*Titles in BOLD have already been released*
Book 01: Iron Man: Demon in a bottle
Book 02: Uncanny X-men: Dark Phoenix
Book 03: Captain Britain: A Crooked World
Book 04: Wolverine
Book 05: The Mighty Thor: The Last Viking
Book 06: Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars part 1
Book 07: Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars part 2
Book 08: Daredevil: Born Again
Book 09: The Amazing Spider-Man: The Birth of Venom
Book 10: Spider-man: Kraven’s Last Hunt
Book 11: The Incredible Hulk: Silent Screams
Book 12: Wolverine: Weapon X
Book 13: Marvels
Book 14: Avengers: Avengers Forever Part one
Book 15: Avengers: Avengers Forever Part two
Book 16: The Mighty Thor: In Search of Gods
Book 17: Daredevil: Guardian Devil
Book 18: The Punisher: Welcome Back Frank Part 1
Book 19: The Punisher: Welcome Back Frank Part 2
Book 20: Ultimate Spider-man: Power & Responsibility
Book 21: Spider-man: Coming Home
Book 22: Spider-man: Revelations
Book 23: New X-men: E is for Extinction
Book 24: New X-men: Imperial
Book 25: Spider-man: Blue
Book 26: Wolverine: Origins
Book 27: Captain America: The New Deal
Book 28: The Ultimates: Super-Human
Book 29: The Ultimates: Homeland Security
Book 30: Fantastic Four: Unthinkable
Book 31: Fantastic Four: Authoritative Action
Book 32: 1602
Book 33: Secret War
Book 34: Avengers: Disassembled
Book 35: She-Hulk: Single Green Female
Book 36: Astonishing X-men: Gifted
Book 37: Astonishing X-men: Dangerous
Book 38: Black Panther: Who is the Black Panther?
Book 39: Ghost Rider: Road to Damnation
Book 40: House of M
Book 42: New Avengers: Breakout
Book 43: Iron Man: Extremis
Book 44: Captain America: Winter Soldier
Book 45: The Incredible Hulk: Planet Hulk part 1
Book 46: The Incredible Hulk: Planet Hulk part 2
Book 47: Fantastic Four: The End
Book 48: Marvel Zombies
Book 50: Civil War
Book 51: Fallen Son: Death of Captain America
Book 52: Thor: Reborn
Book 53: The Eternals
Book 54: Captain America: The Chosen
Book 55: World War Hulk
Book 56: Thunderbolts: Faith in Monsters
Book 57: Wolverine: Old Man Logan
Book 58: Secret Invasion
Book 59: Captain Britain & MI13: Vampire State
Book 60: Siege