The new Thor has caused a lot of upheaval in the Marvel Universe. You’d think the one with the biggest problem with the new wielder of Mjolnir would be Thor Odinson himself, but it seems to be Odin. He’s got such an issue, he’s unleashed the Destroyer, one of Asgard’s most powerful artefacts (and something familiar to those who have seen the first Thor movie).
No one is happy about this, including the Odinson himself, Freya, and most of Asgard. While the new Thor battles the Destroyer, Freya and Odinson are arranging for some help. After a really difficult battle between Thor and the Destroyer, the Odinson and Freya arrive with some really surprising help.
There are a few other scenes of note. Odin and his brother, Cull are controlling the Destroyer. As flat out evil as Cull seems to be, I wonder if he’s behind whatever’s wrong with Odin. Which brings up another point– if Odin’s being such a jerk (to put it kindly), how long is the former Thor going to want to go by “Odinson”? There are also a few pages of Malekith and Agger are conspiring on a new project– selling off the mineral rights to the Ten Realms. That’s different, certainly. And Roz Solomon, SHIELD agent and borderline eco-terrorist, gets several pages as well.
Plot: I’m giving this a 4 out of 5 for plot. There were some nice surprises and twists. As time passes, I’m becoming more and more a fan of Aaron’s writing.
Art: The art is great, too. I’m giving it a 4.5 out of 5. Dauterman (who sounds like he should be a Viking, appropriately) is doing some fantastic work.
Positives: The Thor/Destroyer fight was really nicely done. Roz’s pages were fun to read. The Thor/Freya scenes, and what the two of them did, made a lot of sense.
Negatives: One little quibble– when whoever our mystery Thor is picked up Mjolnir, she was in a spacesuit. Roz is in that same area in just her SHIELD uniform, since it’s in the Blue Area which atmosphere in the Marvel world. Those two things don’t mesh really well.
The saga of the new Thor has been a great read, and I can’t wait for the revelation of who she is..
Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: Russel Dauterman
Colorist: Matthew Wilson
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Cover: Russel Dauterman & Matthew Wilson