Monday, March 14, 2011

Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers.

In 2005 I wrote a miniseries for Marvel entitled Loki, which was about the tricker god's antagonistic relationship with his step-brother, Thor, god of thunder. There were two things that made if different from any previous Thor-Loki throwdown: first, the story begins not with Loki attempting to seize control over Asgard, but the moment he finally does so (that's right, it starts with Loki winning); and second, the ravishingly gorgeous painted artwork of Esad Ribic.

The series was a runaway hit and was collected in both hardcover and trade paperback. Now, with Kenneth Branagh's big-budget Thor movie coming to theaters, Marvel has repackaged the series in a new hardcover edition called Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers, and even more gratifyingly, has turned the entire story into a four-part animated TV miniseries. And rather than start from scratch and try to come up with graphics that match the majesty of Esad's painted images, they have—by some uncanny, jaw-dropping digital alchemy—just animated Esad's artwork itself.

Throw in some ridiculously gifted, classically trained voice actors and a score that Carl Orff might have written, and you've got an adaptation every bit as powerful as the original—maybe even more so. (And I can say that, 'cause I'm the guy, knowhumsayin'?)

You can get the first episode on iTunes, PSN, Xbox Live and a couple other places on 3/28.  Enjoy.

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