Marvel Announces ‘Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers’

25 07 2010

Another mention of the upcoming Thor & Loki motion comic, set for release in 2011. The following excerpt from mentions the release and a brief description of the comic book miniseries it’s based on. The article also mentions “a new method of animation in “Thor & Loki,” and they say that it allows for much more movement and dynamic action than most motion comics have had so far.” One to look out for. (Following extract from

“At the Marvel: What’s Next: Welcome to the Digital House of Ideas panel, the publisher debuted a brand new trailer for their latest motion comic, Produced in concert with animation studio Magnetic Dreams, “Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers.” Timed to coincide with the “Thor” movie, the new motion comic will be released on April 2011.

Panelists John Dokes, John Cerilli, and Ryan”Agent_M” Penagos, emphasized that each new motion comic has been a testing ground to examine how fans read comics and what the best ways to turn comics page into something exciting to see in a motion comic are. Marvel’s also debuting a new method of animation in “Thor & Loki,” and they say that it allows for much more movement and dynamic action than most motion comics have had so far.

“Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers” is based on Robert Rodi and Esad Ribic’s 2004 miniseries “Loki;” This fully-painted series took a different route than most stories about Thor. Rather than being cast as the villain of the series, “Loki” explored Marvel’s Asgardian mythology from the trickster’s point of view. He was a sad and melancholy character, and demonstrated a depth of character rarely seen in his usual appearances.

Releasing “Thor & Loki” in 2011 is an obvious move, given the proximity of the “Thor” film. Considering the take on Loki in the book, this may prove to be an inspired tie-in to the movie, especially if Loki is the big bad guy at the end. The teaser trailer is a San Diego Comic-Con exclusive, but there’s a chance that it may end up online at some point, so stay tuned.”

via Marvel Announces ‘Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers’.




2 responses

27 12 2010

“… allows for much more movement and dynamic action than most motion comics…”

Oh maaaan they are putting too much animation in these things as it is. They are making them look like cheap cartoons. Iron Man Extremis sucked hard because of the animation. Spiderwoman motion comic was awesome supremo! Why do they keep overdoing it on the motion side of things?!?!

28 12 2010
Craig Smith

Hi Glenn,

Thanks for your comments. It seems that the larger comic book publishers, Marvel in particular, won’t be happy until they’ve got the equivalent of conventional animation to replace the ‘limited animation’ that we often see in motion comics. lt’s also fair to say that the majority of comic book publishers want to ignore the essence of the comic book language in favour of a cinematic approach. We have to look to the motion comic adaptation of ‘Buffy’ to see the somewhat rare existence of comic book panels and typographical sound effects.

I personally think that there’s room for more experimentation, not only in the form of technological advances in digital animation, but also how the comic book language can be retained in some form. It’s early days yet, but there seems to be a danger of motion comics heading down a restricted cul-de-sac.

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