Ragnarok #1

Ragnarok #1

Writer: Walter Simonson Artist: Walter Simonson Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: July 23, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 3
7.8Critic Rating
7.7User Rating

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Ragnarök...the Twilight of the Gods in Norse mythology...the destruction of the Nine Worlds. And now, three hundred years later, the birth of vengeance.

Walter Simonson returns to comics in a BIG way with an all-new series... and doing what he does best!!

My wife and my children are dead. My brothers and sisters are dead. My parents are dead. The Great Enemies still live. But I swear on the shattered bones of my kinsmen... they will not live forever. I shall become... the storm.

Walter Simonson is one of the most acclaimed and respected creators in comics. He has done defining runs on Thor, Manhunter, Star Slammers, Elric, Orion and more. Now, in his first creator-owned series in 20 years, he brings his tremendous artistic arsenal to a brand new world... the twilit world of Ragnarök!

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Chris Wilson Jul 24, 2014

    Ragnarok #1 is definitely one of this weeks top books. Walt Simonson is telling an epic adventure story that fans of the genre will enjoy. Norse mythology enthusiasts will get more out of it than the average reader which may hurt the book some. Even if you're not interested in the story you should buy this for the pretty pictures. And jawless Thor. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Stuff Like That Jul 23, 2014

    Ragnarok is a fast-paced, beautifully illustrated book. Open it up and let Simonson and his collaborators carry you into a mythic land of adventure! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Greg Matiasevich Jul 25, 2014

    A Simonson Norse mythology book is like a Scorsese gangster film: you can't wait to see what a master working in his preferred playground will do. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Edward Kaye Jul 28, 2014

    This is the Norse god story that fans of Simonson's Thor have been craving. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Coming Up Comics - Timothy Merritt Jul 22, 2014

    Full of magic, swordplay, myth, and epic storytelling, Ragnarok looks sure to be a big hit. Make sure to jump on board with this series to catch a new flavor of Thor from one of the foremost authorities on the Odinson, and stay tuned for more reviews and features covering Ragnarok from Coming Up Comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson Jul 22, 2014

    Overall however, Ragnarok serves as Walter Simonson's triumphant return to the genre he is perhaps best known for, and seems poised to deliver an epic, sprawling tale of violence and heroism. In his first creator-owned title in two decades, it's clear that Simonson has chosen a subject matter that he cares about deeply, and the level of detail and passion that has been poured into every single page of this issue is difficult not to get excited about. One thing's for sure, if it continues to look as gorgeous as it does in this opening issue, you can add Ragnarok to my ‘must read' pile for the foreseeable future. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - Sam Roche Jul 22, 2014

    It certainly wasn't bad. If you're fancying some nice artwork and a fun taste of Norse mythology be sure to pick it up, but if you want a really great storyline, you might not want to spend your money on Ragnarok #1. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Tyler Goulet Jul 23, 2014

    While this might not be the story that you expect it to be, its Walter Simonson drawing and writing a story based on Norse mythology without the constraints of Marvel and their shared universe. What more could you possibly ask for? If you like Norse mythology, if you like fantasy, if you like sword and sorcery, if you like Walter Simonson, if you like good comics, than this book is for you. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Zac Thompson Jul 28, 2014

    Bombastic and bold, if you miss comics like Walt Simonson used to make, well then rejoice, as he is still making them today. To be honest, I didnt expect to care for this one, but it caught me by surprise in a pleasant way. Ill be here next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Marykate Jasper Jul 28, 2014

    All told, "Ragnarok" #1 is an exciting start that's got me itching for September. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Florida Geek Scene - Jesse Scheckner Aug 5, 2014

    As far as the writing is concerned, there isn't anything particularly wrong with it, however there also is nothing outstanding about any of it either. Then again, this is only the first issue. As far as first issues go, Ragnark #1 gets more right than wrong and, in laying down a decent foundation upon which to build a sturdy ongoing plot, that's more than enough to call this initial step a victorious one. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Tres Dean Jul 23, 2014

    Ragnarok is fun. It's nothing that reinvents the wheel in terms of the medium and it's far from Simonson's most memorable work. But it's gorgeous and, if read with your brain turned off and your favorite metal band turned on in the background, it's a whole lot of fun. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Noah Sharma Jul 27, 2014

    Ragnark could stand to focus a little more, but it delivers an old-school tone and legitimate sense of adventure. The issue feels a bit padded in places and could probably have integrated its flashbacks more naturally. Still, while Ragnark #1 is not the perfect start to this series, it demonstrates the skill and passion that got so many excited for Simonson's return and hints at bigger and better things for the title. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Alex Gradet Jul 29, 2014

    Simonson paces the not-inconsiderable world-building well, and he has a flinty protagonist in Brynja. But even as a single chapter, it all feels a little wanting. All foreboding, and no stakes. Of course it's hard to judge a book by its first issue, but it's even harder when your main incentive to keep reading is to figure out by context just what the hell is going on. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - James Anders II Jul 23, 2014

    The potential is there and some impressive elements that can really make this one a good one are evident. Only time will tell however. I for one am a hopeful reader at this point. The artwork has me drawn in. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Cody "The Thorverine" Ferrell Jul 23, 2014

    Simonson returns to comics in style, but the first issue of Ragnarok serves as quick set-up. Read Full Review

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