Having two kids, a wife, a job, and a highly successful sports blog is stressing enough. Now, Marvel decides they are going to do the stupid numbering game again where issues that were numbered #1 to make money were really in fact issue #588 of the series. This of course is done so when a book like Thor hits a huge milestone like 600 issues, they can go back to numbering like nothing happened to cash in again. They did it with the Fantastic Four and they are doing it again. I'm actually surprised they let X-Men hit #500 without any numbering gimmick.
Ok, with that bitching out of the way, let's see if this milestone issue was any good:
Loki, who for no discernible reason now bleeds once a month, figures out a way to bring back Bor, the father of Odin and grandfather to Thor, who had been turned to snow and scattered by a scorcer centuries ago. Loki promptly places a distortion spell on the reborn Bor and he sees everything as a monster and a threat. Bor rampages through downtown looking for his son Odin when Thor arrives to calm this unknown Asgardian. Bor sees Thor as a monster and attacks.
The battle rages all throughout downtown. Bor even catches Mjolnir at one point which is shocking to Thor. Hoping to end the conflict without killing him, Thor calls out to the Avengers to assemble. Instead of getting Cap and Iron Man and the rest of the Avengers, the impostor team of Iron Patriot and his Dark Avengers show up. Instead of aiding Thor, Norman Osborn tells his team to apprehend both combatants. The impostor Avengers are no match for the battling gods and are quickly defeated.
Meanwhile back on Asgard, Loki informs Balder, who is the acting ruler of Asgard, that Bor has returned and is currently locked in a death match with Thor. Balder realizes that if Thor should kill Bor, there would be grave consequences and rushes to prevent that from happening. But before he can arrive to stop his friend, Thor unleashes the death blow upon Bor. When Thor learns who he killed he is overcome with grief. With Loki's prodding, Balder banishes Thor from Asgard forever for killing a Lord of Asgard. But Loki is not done. He starts telling the other Asgardians that Balder is ill fit to carry the burden of leadership and that they relocate Asgard to some place where they would be welcome. A place that you have to be invited to stay.
Where does Loki want to move Asgard to? How can you have a Thor book without Thor? Wanna know what happens next? Buy the book, available at Bent Wookee Comix located at 127 Fairfield Avenue in the West End section of Johnstown. See ya there!