Adapted by P. Craig Russell, illustrated by David Rubin, Colleen Doran, Galen Showman, P. Craig Russell, colored by David Rubin, Colleen Doran, and Lovern Kindzierski
In this third and final volume, Gaiman gets into the end times of the gods of the Norsemen. We learn about Thor’s vendetta with the Midgard Serpent, which comes up again later in Ragnarok. We also see the death of beloved Balder and brave Hermod’s journey to try and bring him back from Hel. Later, Loki finally ticks off the entire pantheon, so they devise a terrible torture for him that he will only escape as the earth crumbles during Ragnarok. And to finish it all off, we see the end times for the gods, the destruction of the world and all of their fighting deaths.
I think it’s a mandatory element that all mythology anthologies finish with the end of the world. Some of the stories in this volume felt a little bit flat, like they weren't fully developed or they were just filler so we could get to Ragnarok but have a full hardcover still. But, there was a nice nod at the end of this volume to the whole story being cyclical, and it was was overall a decent way to wrap up the series and encourage re-reads.
There are some ladies who are naked from the top up in several stories, but that’s in line with a lot of art featuring mythological stories.
Most of the art in this volume was the older style of Russell, which isn't my favorite style of illustrations, but it does fit well with an otherworldly storyline of mythology.
Sara's Rating: 8/10
Suitability Level: Grades 9-12
Reviews of previous volumes in this series: vol 1, vol 2
Publisher: Dark Horse
Publication Date: March 15, 2022
ISBN: 9781506722177 (Hardcover)
Tags: Rating: 8/10, Suitability: High School, Comicbooks, Mythology, Dark Horse
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