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proteus_lives ([personal profile] proteus_lives) wrote in [community profile] scans_daily2010-06-14 12:50 am

Death Week: Skurge, he stood alone at Gjallerbru

Greetings True Believers!

As my final post for Death Week, I thought I'd re-post one of the finest comic book deaths of all time.

These panels shake me every time I read them. This is a story of bravery, redemption, dignity, unrequited love and destiny. It is the final battle of Skurge, The Executioner.

Look to his tale, look to Skurge.

Suggested Tags: char: skurge the executioner, char: thor odinson/donald blake, char: balder the brave, char: enchantress/amora, char: hela, title: thor, creator: walter simonson, publisher: marvel comics, series: death week

Skurge was an old-school Marvel villain. Primarily a Thor villain, he fought most of the Marvel universe at one time or the other. He was also the thrall of the Enchantress whom he loved desperately but she always used him and tossed him aside.

While Thor and his allies prepare to travel to Hel to free some unjustly trapped souls, Skurge seeks out the Enchantress once more.

Ouch. That is awful.

Thor, Balder and the Einherjar prepare for their journey.

The Asgardian force makes it's way through Hel when they come upon a radiant field inhabited by those who have died.

Skurge is tricked by an image of the Enchantress who promises to finally love him.

Thor uncovers Hela's trick and challenges her to a duel, which he wins. They recover the stolen souls and come upon Naglfar, a ship made of the fingernails of dead men and will be used in the destined fall of Asgard.

But Hela isn't done with them yet.

I like Skurge's deep respect for Balder

Truly awesome. With one move, Skurge destroys Hela's plans.

She is enraged and attacks but Balder and Thor hold her off. The party rides to the Bridge Gjallerbru as all of Hel rises against them.

The Einherjar use automatic rifles from Midgard to blast a hole through to the bridge.

But the day is not won yet.

Skurge's assessment of his life is tragic and honest. Beautiful words from a stoic warrior.

Perhaps the most important line, "Perhaps he has waited all his life for this one moment."

There are no words epic enough to describe this scene. It staggers me every time.

This entire storyline was so wonderful, find it if you can.
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[personal profile] starwolf_oakley 2010-06-14 03:08 pm (UTC)(link)
SKurge's death stuck. However, Skurge's ax keeps showing up to cause trouble. It did in the THUNDERSTRIKE series and I *think* it appeared in one of the YOUNG AVENGERS series, but I'm not certain.