Our pal Seth Hahne, of GoodOKBad fame, came up with this 31 Days of Comics challenge, one of those things where each day of the month you're given a different category that you then make a choice of a comic to fill that category. We did it last year and I figured it would be a fun bit to do again, so here we are! Click here to see each of the categories so far!
We continue with Day 10, which is The Most Beautiful Scene in Any Comic.
Read on for my pick and then you can share yours!
As I noted last year, this is an insanely difficult category. So really, you're just thinking "a really, really beautiful scene," as what else can you do?"
I went with We3 #3 last year. This time, I'll go with Thor #362, perhaps the most notable storyline during Walter Simonson's run. A number of souls of living Earth people were trapped in the land of Hel. Thor, Balder and a few other people led a rescue mission to save them, and the evil toady of the Enchantress, Skurge the Executioner, asks to be allowed to help, too. At the end, when they are about to be overrun at a bridge by the hordes of Hel right before becoming free, Thor vows that he will stay behind and hold off the hordes himself while the humans escape. Skurge knocks Thor out, and while everyone at first thinks he is being a traitor, he is instead opting to take Thor's place.
It's an amazing sequence of events, beautifully written and drawn by Simonson. You can tell that even he knew that he nailed it.