Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers is a motion comic, not a fully animated feature, which kinda threw my wife and I off-guard as we started to watch it. If you've never seen a motion comic before, I would say they are kinda like watching comic book panels on your TV with the characters voiced by actors. I've seen a few of these, and usually the "motion" part is just simple stuff, like rotating a body part at a joint. This title, however, goes way beyond that, as the makers actually created 3D computer models of some of the characters and give them real movement. But does going beyond the bounds of other motion comics really help? I thought it looked much less like a motion comic and more like a super-cheap animated film. I can't really say I have too much love for either motion comics or what this style is supposed to be, as if you have a story and characters that are interesting enough to put on a videoscreen, why aren't they good enough to get the real animation treatment? Reading a graphic novel is a completely different experience, as I can take my time on each panel and look at all the detailed artwork before moving on, and can easily go back if my eye didn't catch a detail which ended up being important. This is tough to do on a motion comic, and it's tough to identify with these characters who just sit there on the screen without moving excep for maybe a lip flap.
But enough about motion comics in general, what about this one? I liked the idea behind the story, where we start off with Thor having been defeated by Loki, and now Loki is the ruler of their world, Asgard. Both characters are much older than we're used to seeing, which indicates both have lived long lives, and gives us the feeling that this wasn't just another battle where Loki "wins" and shortly thereafter Thor defeats him and everything goes back to normal. This feels like it takes place sometime in the future during a final battle where Loki truly does defeat his brother. And I like that. What I don't like is that there isn't any battle, and in fact no action at all save for some short flashback scenes. This story is all about Loki, and how he adjusts to finally being the victor and ruler of Asgard. It is an emotional journey for Loki. A bit interesting? Yeah, but also a bit dull, at least for me.
There is one point in the story where Loki learns that other versions of himself exist in other universes or dimensions or whatever, and they are varied in their appearance and backgrounds, but the one thing they all have in common is that they are evil, and it makes Loki question himself, as he always believed he was made by the environment in which he was raised, that his adopted father always intended him to become that bad guy that Thor was to overcome. This starts a war inside his head, pitting his long held beliefs against a new realization that he could possibly fight his supposed destiny and truly become good.
As one would expect for a motion comic, the artwork was well done. It was all highly detailed and a pleasure to look at. And for a motion comic the character animation was good as well, when it existed. But as I said, I'm not so sure if the animation helped or hurt.The motion comic I watched prior to this was Spider-woman, and I enjoyed that much more even though it had much less animation. And yet, even as I was watching that one, I wondered why they couldn't have done it as a fully animated feature. So I don't know. I wasn't a crusader for motion comics before I watched this, and it didn't do anything to bring me over to the cause.
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OWN IT ON DVD SEPTEMBER 13, 2011 FROM SHOUT! FACTORY
Get ready to experience one of THOR’s most popular stories in comic history through cutting edge animation and captivating storylines when Marvel Knights Animation’s THOR & LOKI: BLOOD BROTHERS debuts for the first time on DVD shelves nationwide on September 13, 2011 from Shout! Factory, in association with Marvel Knights Animation.
Inspired by the acclaimed graphic novel from Robert Rodi and Esad Ribic, THOR & LOKI: BLOOD BROTHERS takes a powerful look inside the minds of Thor and Loki, two adversarial brothers in the mystical land of Asgard and seemingly forever enemies. But just why does Loki hate his brother Thor? And could it be that this master of mischief isn’t really the villain he’s been branded? Loki’s insatiable lust for power and his feud with Thor take on new meaning in this resonant epic.
A must have for loyal fans, comic book enthusiasts and collectors, Marvel Knights Animation presentation of THOR & LOKI: BLOOD BROTHERS DVD is packed with insightful bonus content and graphic rich cover, plus a unique replica of comic book-style plastic sleeve that bridges the comic book to DVD concept. Marvel Knights Animation THOR & LOKI: BLOOD BROTHERS is priced to own at $14.97. You’ll never see the world of THOR same way again!
Marvel Knights Animation THOR & LOKI: BOOD BROTHERS is produced by Ruwan Jayatilleke, written by Robert Rodi, art by Esad Ribic.
Marvel Knights Animation remains true to the heritage of panel-by-panel graphic storytelling, boasting groundbreaking illustrations, sensational soundscapes, and of course, the explosiveness of the Mighty Marvel Universe.Behind every image and every word lies the genius of Marvel’s celebrated creators like Robert Rodi, Esad Ribic, Brian Michael Bendis, Alex Maleev, Joss Whedon, Reginald Hudlin, John Romita Jr, Warren Ellis, Adi Granov, John Cassaday, and more.
THOR & LOKI: BLOOD BROTHERS Synopsis
The great halls of Asgard have fallen silent since a new king has overtaken the throne. His name is Loki, son of almighty Odin, brother to the Thunder God, Thor. Once a powerful trickster — the God of Mischief — Loki now rules a grand kingdom with little regard for its subjects. His only thoughts are focused inward, toward the origins of his own pain and suffering. To quell his torment and to gain the respect he feels he so rightfully deserves, Loki must now execute the prisoner chained deep within the dungeons of Asgard, the one man who has ever shown him love. His own brother.
DVD Special Features Include:
- An exclusive look back with writer Robert Rodi and Artist Esad Ribic
- Behind the scenes of Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers
Total Feature Running Time: +/- 72 Minutes