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Review – Beta Ray Bill #4

Review – Beta Ray Bill #4

Review – Beta Ray Bill #4

Written By: Daniel Warren Johnson

Art By: Daniel Warren Johnson

Colours By: Mike Spicer

Letters By: VC’s Joe Sabino, Daniel Warren Johnson

Cover Art By: Daniel Warren Johnson, Mike Spicer

Published by: Marvel Comics

Release Date: 30th June 2021

Variant Cover: Declan Shalvey


Previously on BGCP….

The penultimate chapter of Daniel Warren Johnson’s righteous Horse-Thor epic!
When Beta Ray Bill’s quest brings him and his friends – Skurge the Executioner and Pip the Troll – to the fiery realm of Muspelheim, they are quickly attacked by horrible monsters and dark beings! To save his friends, Bill must journey through a maze of his own memories!

Writer/Art By Daniel Warren Johnson

Beta Ray Bill and the merry band fell a hole in Muspelheim the last issue and the issue starts just after they came through. In his pre-cyborg days, Bill walks towards a mirror and sees his face rip and tear as the familiar horse head comes through.

Woken by the female android version of Scuttlebutt, BRB realises they are in the grip of a giant tentacled creature and that Skurge and Pip are missing. Bill is forced to travel through the ship reliving memories of pivotal moments in his life such as when he first met Thor, went under the knife or the last time he saw his mother.

Scuttlebutt realises that the creature is accessing her records and they are able to get to the room and quickly slice the creature out of the system. Too late though, as the ship crashes in front of their prized bounty, Twilight. As Bill doubt’s himself the massive figure of Surtur appears and set’s us up for the final showdown.

The issue is a bit of a filler issue, unlike the first three, and doesn’t progress the story other than to help Bill find his inner strength for the big match in the final issue.

The artwork is still as bonkers and amazing as the previous issues, with the image of the Kraken-like creature dragging the immense ship down is stunning. The bright colours Spicer uses adds to the mix with his purple pen almost running out of this issue with the hentai tentacles all over the ship.

Speaking of the ship, it’s been the star of this series, with both Johnson and Spicer lovingly adding Easter Eggs, cross-sections, picture in picture and lots of hidden details you’ll a magnifying glass for.

Overall Thoughts

I’m not backing out now, but this felt a bit like a filler to the main fight next issue. We need more madness from Bill, Skurge and a less supportive chat from Scuttlebutt. The last three pages though set the whole scene up and I can wait for the conclusion in 30 days.

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