At the end of the last volume of Thor, they finally revealed who the new Thor is. The new status quo is being established, but it’s ugly. Thor has a heavy burden to bear- every time she picks up Mjolnir, the magic of the hammer wipes out Jane Foster’s chemotherapy, but not the cancer she’s suffering from because it’s so much a part of her now. It’s a nasty twist on an old idea.
Odin has gone mad and retreated into his palace. Asgard is a place of fear, ruled by a crazed king. Cul, Odin’s brother, is strutting around like a tyrant. Freya has been arrested for daring to side with the new Thor. The old Thor, the Odinson, seems to be missing. And Thor’s old allies are chafing under the rule of their despotic king.
Into this chaos is added an alliance between Malekith the Accursed and Roxxon, a company that has been a long-time Marvel evil, a war between the different realms, and Loki stalking around in the background. All in all, it’s not a great time to be the new Goddess of Thunder. She has her work cut out for her.
Plot: Aaron has impressed me a lot over the last few years as a writer, and is continuing to do so. His Thor has been fantastic. He’s taking the character in a lot of new directions, and doing it in ways that work. I’ll give this a 4 out 5 for plot.
Art: Dauterman’s art has been great on this. I like how he draws Thor and her allies. He does well with her creative uses of Mjolnir’s powers. I’ll give the art a 3.5 out of 5.
Positives: The war among the realms is a different idea, and I like where Aaron is going with it. The toll using Thor’s power takes on Jane is a nasty one, and it shows how heroic she really is.
Negatives: Odin going crazy/evil has been done several times before, and I’m not as much a fan of that part. Similarly, making some of the Asgardians we know choose between duty and what’s right is also not new. They’ve even done that in the movies recently. I wouldn’t mind fewer Loki appearances for awhile. I blame the movies for that.
I like the new Thor and Aaron’s take on her. I’ve been enjoying Thor since the age of Aaron began, and I’m still having fun with it. This is some great new spins on a classic and powerful character.
Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: Russell Dauterman
Colorist: Matthew Wilson
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Cover: Russell Dauterman & Matthew Wilson