Marvel Knights Animation Takes the Motion Comic to New Heights With Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers
March 11, 2011

Marvel Knights Animation, the company behind the motion comics Astonishing X-Men: Gifted, Iron Man: Extremis, and Black Panther, has announced their next release, Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers.

Thor Loki Blood Brothers

This four-episode series starts running on Monday, March 28, on iTunes, Xbox Live, and the PlayStation Network, with future episodes following on Wednesday starting April 6. They cost $2.99 each for high-def or $1.99 an episode for standard definition. (Update: There’s also a season pass for $10.99 in HD or $6.99 in SD, a savings of almost one dollar.) It’s based on the (out of print, apparently) graphic novel The Mighty Thor: Loki by Robert Rodi and Esad Ribic, and Marvel is ready to tie into publicity from the upcoming feature film coming out May 6.

I saw this quote in the press release, from producer Ruwan Jayatilleke, and prepared myself to snicker:

“What we’ve put together as a team will further define and push the boundaries of what Marvel Knights Animation can be as well as entertain comic book enthusiasts and mainstream fans with a very compelling piece of content.”

I thought to myself, this is a motion comic they’re talking about, right? The unloved bastard child of limited animation cartoons? Then I watched this trailer.

Based on that, no, this is not just a motion comic. This makes a compelling argument for this young effort as a medium of its own, or at least a valid form of animation.

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5 Responses  
Grant writes:  

Wow! That looks really good. I wonder what the price tag for that will be. The art looks kind of like Alex Ross.

Johanna writes:  

If you buy all four episodes, it will be $8 (for standard) or $12 (hi-def). If they collect it on disc, I’m assuming it will be the $15 the others have been.

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