Jack, Billy and Saf are three ordinary kids who make a startling
discovery: mystical relics from the fourth century that are
the key to releasing the long-imprisoned Norse Gods from limbo.
But once the Aesir have regained their freedom, they continue
an ages old conflict, one that could have catastrophic consequences
for an innocent village and its inhabitants. Now young Jack
Jaxon finds himself the unwitting vessel of the greatest of
all Gods, and in order to save the lives of those dear to
him, Jack must decide if he can handle the true power of the
Aesir. But once such a road is taken can the traveller ever
a little known British character from the pages of Comet
comic for a modern audience. The original 1949 series revolved
around the adventures of Jack Jaxons, a young boy who, wearing
the belt of Thor, became the mighty Thunderbolt Jaxon.
new tale tackles the origins of the character, as Jack Jaxon
and his friends unearth the magical belt - only to discover
that things in their hometown are not what they seem, as the
Norse gods and immortal giants are still fighting their endless
battle. But can Jack wield Thor's power and remain himself,
or will the Norse god take control?
is proof, if any were needed, that even the lamest of superheroes
can turn out to be pretty interesting if put into the correct
artistic hands. Dave Gibbons takes the character and firmly
establishes it as his own.
origin stories are pretty dry affairs - how many times have
we seen the origins of Batman and Superman being reinvented
for a more modern audience? But as very few people will have
heard of Thunderbolt Jaxon before, this collection makes for
pretty interesting reading.
wasn't so impressed with the Shakespearean nod to Macbeth.
Yes, three witches! How very clever... yawn. But otherwise
this is a fairly interesting reworking of an old, obscure