Had myself quite a time with this pair:
Ragnarok: Volume 2: Lord of the Dead OHC
Ok, so yeah, IDW are also releasing this in paperback form too but seriously? You need the OHC edition to really enjoy all the glorious Simonson art.
More than any other book I can bring to mind easily, this is the example of an artist putting out work of such a nature that you can immediately know whose it is. Someone else could spin this tale but it wouldn’t have anywhere near the sheer nerve and enthusiasm that jumps off every page - big, ambitious apocalyptic sequences of destruction, complex yet clearly depicted fight choreography as Thor and Regn take on thousands of Firestarters - it’s page after page of superb work by one very skilled craftsman of the form.
Nor is Simonson holdng back from being decisive on the plot either - there’s an excellent conclusion to the first plot of the book which has been told over the last 12 issues, which then sets the next one running.
Absolutely excellent. Even if you do buy the paperback editions.
Reborn Volume 1 OHC
I don’t know if Mark reads the trades thread, but if he does he really ought to consider doing more of these OHC editions - getting a hardback this size was a very pleasant surprise and it really showed Capullo’s artwork.
As to the story, it really is quite, quite gloriously mad with enemies like General Frost - a very vengeful moggy who is nowhere near over having his nuts cut off! Nor is he the only mad - and very, very bad - creation on display here either.
There were times in this story where it opted for a far swifter pace than I expected like the trip back from the Dark Lands. Another story would have got many issues out of that just on its own but instead it moves very, very fast indeed which was refreshing.
And yes, it could just keep on going given how it ends. I like that there’s plans for up to five volumes, there’s enough fuel in the tank for that with far more to explore of the world.
So, this is quite the superb addition to the MillarWorld titles.