The new Thor has been around a while, and has crossed paths with various parts of the Asgardian mythos. In the age of the Marvel movies, you can’t go too long without a certain God of Mischief popping up. This issue has Thor clashing with Loki in several iterations. It’s really interesting seeing all the different versions pop up, although it doesn’t go as smoothly as Loki himself was probably expecting.
Loki always thinks he’s the smartest one in the room, and he often is. But he’s not used to Thor’s new tricks, especially the new ways she uses Mjolnir. Of course, Loki has his own schemes afoot, and there’s more going on that it appears. Thor ends the issue in a fair amount of peril. There’s also a scene back in Asgard showing the madness of Odin and him taking some of his wrath out on his subjects.
Plot: You know Loki is lying before he opens his mouth, but Aaron manages to still surprise you with what’s coming. I’m also interested in where the end scene back in Asgard is going. I’ll give the plot a 4 out of 5.
Art: Dauterman’s art is gorgeous. He had a challenge with Loki this month, and rose to it really well. I’ll give the art a high 4 out of 5 as well.
Positives: The Loki/Thor scene/battle was nicely done. They don’t have the dynamic from before, since Thor has changed, and it’s fun seeing them find their way. The end scene is intriguing, and I loved Dauterman’s art.
Negatives: As nicely as it was done, I could do with less Loki. Between the comics, cartoons, and movies, he’s getting a bit overused. The “bat riders” near the end were kind of silly.
I’ve been buying Thor since Aaron started writing, and I don’t plan on stopping any time soon. I’m really enjoying the title. Although as much as I enjoy the new Thor, I kind of wish the original would return.
Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: Russell Dauterman
Colorist: Matthew Wilson
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Cover: Russell Dauterman & Matthew Wilson