Let me say, I’ve always loved audiobooks. One of the first audio book stories I ever heard was Peter and the Wolf. It was the start of a love affair through the years, including Star Wars: A New Hope, extended radio drama, to now. Now I get my cake AND I get to read it too. That’s right, audiobook and ebook at one site and I’m so thrilled Serial Box allows this pleasure. Whether you love to read or listen, you get the joy of weekly episodes in both formats. You can follow week by week in the serialised format or wait and binge it.
So now that you know more about my adoration of Serial Box, let’s talk Thor: Metal Gods, aka TMG going forward. First, the amazing authors are some of the best out there. Aaron Stewart-Ahn, Brian Keene, Jay Edidin, and Yoon Ha Lee have all written amazing works alone, but together- I’m in love with this story so far. They know their comics and they bring so much joy and passion to this work. You’re probably wondering how else have we ended up with Loki in a metal band, amusing himself as the best guitarist in the world while Thor goes to the farthest reaches to help out a friend, who attacks him. This feels like a comic, yet deeper. A graphic novel, but more. These are the Marvel characters you love and yet, there is something more to them both. Loki is weary of what he’s doing, but he’s still seeking out what mischief he can. Thor is truly loyal to his friends, even those who were banished. Who else but Thor would take on Horangi, the Korean tiger- goddess? Who but Stewart-Ahn, Keene, Edidin, and Lee would create a new character in this universe that dared to challenge the god of thunder? I admit, I’m curious how are beloved big giant killer kitty(Ooh she hated when he called her that!)got banished in the first place. Plus, Loki disguised on earth and not even Doctor Strange realises he’s there. I’m so excited about this. You know there’s trouble brewing.
Second, audio-wise, we get Daniel Gillies from The Originals and The Vampire Diaries, narrating this amazing story. The enhanced sounds with the narration truly make this not just an audiobook, it’s an auditory experience. From the moment the story opens with Loki at the Hammersmith Odeon in 1989, you hear the pitter of rain, the murmur of the crowd, and the growl of the tiger facing Thor. These sounds increase your pleasure, your immersion in the story is intense. As someone who loves great vocal readings, having Daniel Gillies read to me is not a hardship. Oh, it’s a sweet pleasure, trust me. His voice glides over you, caresses you, then pounces like a 450 lb tiger.
I’m eagerly, okay, impatiently waiting for the next episode of TMG. This series has what all comics fans want- tantalising moments with the villain, a moment of truth with the hero and his friend, and being left to wonder just what is really going on…until next week. It’s enough to drive you mad or seeking out another Serial Box series, which honestly, is perfect. They have more coming in the Marvel universe in 2020. I can’t wait to see how that goes. As for TMG, I am ready for this week’s episode, NOW.