Realm Review – Thor: Metal Gods Episode 9

Differing Tactics in Thor: Metal Gods Episode 9

The quest for magic, gods, and revenge continues in Thor: Metal Gods Episode 9. Thor and his allies have found themselves in a sticky situation – one that may just require different tactics to get out of.

Their quest to reclaim a mystical crown has taken several turns, with new allies joining every day. And old relationships are getting dredged back up to the surface once again, for good or ill. Naturally, that in itself has created a fair amount of chaos.

Thor: Metal Gods is a series currently being published by Serial Box (now Realm). It’s a new form of storytelling for Marvel and Thor. Each week a new episode (chapter) is released, continuing the tale in both written and audiobook format. It’s been a totally unique experience so far, but one worth talking about.

Battles and Turmoil

Thor: Metal Gods Episode 9 did not shy away from the inevitable battle. What occurred in this episode was a brilliant battle – one that gave each of the primary characters a chance to shine. Or, at the very least, a chance to show off their skills – and the turmoil they’re batting within.

Yoon Ha Lee was back at the helm for this episode, and they did an excellent job of laying out a space battle like you’ve never seen (or head) before. What made this episode so interesting (outside of the battle itself) was how each character reacted to the situation at hand.

This series is showing a different side of classic Marvel characters. Thor is still undoubtedly Thor – but the series is also moving to build off successful elements we’ve seen in the MCU. A Thor who is more aware of what his actions cost others. Or at least, this is a Thor becoming aware of that fact.

Likewise, Loki has been slightly altered for this telling. Once again, that is not a bad thing. This is merely a different side of Loki we’re seeing. There are lots of reasons for this fact, not least of which is the new storytelling method. All things considered, it’s an effective change – one that has made the God of Mischief all the more difficult to predict.


As with the rest of this series, one can opt to listen to Thor: Metal Gods Episode 9. That’s part of what has made this series such an experience to behold (or to hear). Daniel Gillies has been the narrator this entire time, and I, for one, am very grateful for that consistency.

I’ve mentioned in earlier reviews that Gillies has truly settled into the different voices for all of the characters involved. That element became vital in this episode as the battle raged on. Knowing who was who on a moment’s notice felt more important than ever. And it’s safe to say that Gillies pulled it off.

Speaking of the battles, he was able to infuse the epic quality – the sense of danger – into his reading. Making the battle feel as grand and threatening as you might imagine, and then some. It was exactly what this episode needed.


Thor: Metal Gods Episode 9 was another thrilling addition to this series. It’s perhaps the most action-packed episode of the series (so far) and has left fans eagerly looking forward to the next episode. And everything that will come with it.

Thor: Metal Gods has ended up being so much more than I had dared hope for. It’s been an exciting adventure, one that is both similar and unique. It has the tones and characters we love while being unafraid to take risks along the way.

This review was originally written for Word of the Nerd, but has been ported over to Quirky Cat’s Fat Stacks now that the site has shut down.

About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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