Ever wonder what Loki was up to during the 8th century? Ever wonder what would happen to a Viking that made a deal with Loki and then drank the blood of a dragon? If so, the Mighty Thor #6 is the issue for you. Russell Dauterman provides stunning art for the first few pages before handing the rest of the issue over to Rafa Garres. Garres provides a visually beautiful painted aesthetic to the title with his pages telling a tale from the Viking Age. Aaron’s script for this issue provides a brief interlude for the current story and hopefully a glimpse as to what Loki will be up to in the coming issues.
Loki discusses with Agger that he (Agger) is going to need weapons to handle Malekith should Malekith decide to betray him. Conventional arms will not be very effective against Malekith since he is a sorcerer and a dark elf from another dimensional plane of existence, Svartalfheim. Malekith has also gained a new weapon named “Kurse.” If this is the same Kurse, then this being is going to be the resurrected form of Algrim the Strong, a dark elf once loyal to Malekith. He had since switched sides to serving Asgard and died protecting Asgard’s children (see Thor vol. 2 #82). Kurse’s return to the Thor title should prove very interesting to long time Thor fans.
The bulk of the issue is spent retelling how a different version of Loki, one that was present in his menagerie of forms in the Mighty Thor vol. 2 #3, made a bargain with a mortal, Bodolf the Black, that lost Thor’s favor. Garres’ depiction of this Viking Age Loki makes Loki look more so like a wild man than a god. From the way that he’s positioned in the issue he looks very cunning. He is always directly across from Bodolf with his hand stretched out or talking over Bodolf’s shoulder. Dauterman’s original design of the character made him seem more intimating and rather “cool” looking. The tale ultimately ends with Bodolf becoming a Viking Age hulk. This is a very odd turn of events that will provide an interesting story for the next issue.
Overall, this was an interesting in between issue to bridge what is surely Loki’s next plan. Rafa Garres provides some very visually pleasing art with a painted-like aesthetic. His depiction of the Viking Age Loki has a different presence from Dauterman’s depiction. Dauterman’s was very intimidating and very cool looking. Garres’ is like a wild man that seems very cunning due to how Garres depicted Loki. The tease at the return of Kurse provides some interesting promises as to what is to come in the following issues.