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Brewer Report: Marvel Comics Enchantress

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THE BREWER REPORT Amora than a little ticked off about Enchantress’ return AMORA By Byron Brewer I will always associate the Enchantress, the sorceress Amora from Asgard, with the Executioner, her sometime lover and all-the-time lackey. And after the brilliant run by Walt Simonson on Thor, I will never be able to stand the woman again. Amora rears her ugly head again in Avengers Prime #1, out to apparently keep the Nine Worlds disjoined and slay “the last of the true Odinsons,” the Thunder God himself.  How her mystic mischief figures into this reuniting of the Founders of the Avengers franchise – Iron Man, Steve Rogers (formerly Captain America) and the aforementioned Thor – is anybody’s guess and will continue as the bi-monthly mini unfolds under the care of writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Alan Davis. But I can tell you one thing: I am not happy to see the Enchantress’ return! Call it a personal thing, a fanboy thing, but I suffered along with the Executioner, with Skurge, when after ages of a loving tease without much carnal satisfaction, Amora dropped Skurge like so many Bova chips for Heimdall, then guardian of the Rainbow Bridge. How many of us have lived this story (to less mythic proportions, of course)? How many of us have offered loyalty to the fairer sex only to have it thrown in our faces (usually around prom time)? How many of us, at a particular stage of youth, would have embarked on a journey to Hel just to rid our bodies of Amora aroma? Walt Simonson caught the emotions and action of this estrangement between co-villains brilliantly in the pages of Thor, climaxing in the death of Skurge. The result: one of the greatest Marvel issues of all time! As if imprisoning the very soul of Valkyrie in a crystalline gem and using her form to do her bidding wasn’t ghoulish enough, Amora made the Executioner feel like the microbes on a hobbit’s boot once she set her wiles toward Heimdall. Skurge sought to ease the wounds of his heart in battle, joining Thor, Balder and the Einherjar on a rescue mission into Niflheim. A group of souls belonging to living humans had been trapped there by Malekith the Accursed, and Hela had refused to permit them to return to Earth. Despite initial misgivings, Thor permitted Skurge to accompany the group. As Naglfar, the ship of the dead, was nearing ready to sail, Hela promised Skurge a place of honor beside her on it at the battle of Ragnarok. In a rage at being manipulated  -- by Amora, by Hela – Skurge destroyed the ship with the sacrifice of his fabled axe, forestalling the End of Days. The group was pursued out of Hel, and at the bride Gjallerbru Thor swore to hold the span as long as he could so that the souls of the mortals could reach freedom. It was then that Skurge struck down Thor from behind, and amidst cries of “traitor” begged Balder to hear him speak. Hoping to enact vengeance upon those who mocked him, and to do what was right in the end, the Executioner would stay behind and hold the bridge. He asked Balder to promise that Thor and he would drink to his memory; Balder consented. As Balder (with an unconscious Thor), the Einherjar and the mortal souls departed Hel, Skurge remained -- alone -- at Gjallerbru, armed with automatic rifles the Einherjar had brought from Earth, Though the armies of Hel marched upon the bridge, none crossed past where Skurge stood. Although eventually overcome and killed by the Death Goddess’ forces, the Enchantress’ former plaything fought so nobly as to impress even Hela herself. All including the Death Goddess bow at the mention of his name in the Norse Land of the Dead. I know this Report seems more reflective on the Executioner than the Enchantress, but they were introduced together (in Journey into Mystery #103) and they are forever joined (in my mind, at least).  There are many vile villains in the Marvel U., some truly horrible and guilty of crimes of epic proportions. But few are as cunning, purely evil and as unfeeling as the sorceress called by Man … the Enchantress! Avengers Prime #2 hits stands Aug. 4!