Issue by Issue – Tor #5

Writer – Joe Kubert
Artist – Joe Kubert, Russ Heath

Tor is feeling a little down in the dumps when this issue opens and it is for the simple fact that aside from Chee Chee, he has no one. Having been exiled from his tribe, Tor has wandered the land doing what he feels is right and meeting new peoples, but no matter what he experiences, he does miss those he once called family. Tor is a complicated fellow, a man more so than many other of his ilk during this time period, his experiences shaping him including his banishment. Without them, Tor would definitely not be the same man and those whom he has helped along the way would be worse off should he have never happened along. Joe Kubert might begin the book on a bit of a downer, but it does not last for long as Tor comes across a brute of a man hurting others. Not being able to just let things lie, Tor intervenes and teaches the man a lesson, one the man will never forget. Things only get more complicated from there as Tor meets the rest of this new tribe and he sees a people so beaten and broken down that his anger knows almost no bounds. It is here that Kubert introduces the obstacle that Tor is to overcome in this issue and it is a literal giant of a man. Suffice it to say, Tor stands triumphant when all is said and done, but he also stands alone, opting to continue his wanderings rather than join a new tribe. Following this, Russ Heath provides some artwork as the book looks at the Brontosaurus and then it closes out on another tale of Danny Dreams where once again, Danny travels back to the past to save some cavemen with a bow and arrow. Like all of the previous stories featuring Danny, this one is a lot of fun and though it features a bit of violence, still has an air of innocence around it. Kubert leaves it off again with the question of ‘did he or didn’t he,’ referring to Danny’s supposed travels, a question that may or may not be answered at some future date. At the end of the day, this issue of Tor was another solid read with great artwork to accompany each story of drama and prehistoric action.

4 out of 5

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