Tension has been building for a while now, and things finally go over the edge in this issue of Thor. Thor has had enough of Odin, and the two of them fight. And “fight” isn’t anywhere near a strong enough term. I think they did some damage out Jupiter way, but Aaron did something amazingly clever out there that I loved.
As that battle rages on, Aelsa, queen of the light elves, inexplicably marries Malekith as the war in the realms gets ugly. Well, it’s not inexplicable to the readers, but all the characters are very understandably confused. Freya, whose trial was interrupted by Thor’s arrival, gathers her allies to fight Cul, Odin’s evil and/or mad brother. Both fights end when there’s an act of treachery that stun everyone, and seriously injures, if not kills, a major character in the book. After that, there’s a hastily established new status quo in Asgard which probably isn’t going to be good for anyone. Aaron crammed a lot of great surprises in this one issue, and I loved it, even if I was stunned by what he did.
Plot: This was fantastically written. I can’t think of any details that impressed me that aren’t major spoilers, so just trust me, it was really good. Or better yet, check it out for yourself. I’ll give the plot a high 4.5 out of 5.
Art: Dauterman is doing a great job with the art on this book. He’s matching Aaron’s writing, and that’s a high bar. His scenes of the Thor vs Odin fight were particularly impressive. I’ll give the art, too, a 4.5 out of 5. And this was a great cover, too.
Positives: Everything. Both fights were well done, although the Thor/Odin match up was the star attraction. The betrayal was shocking and yet it fit. I really was impressed with the entire issue.
Negatives: I feel bad for Aelsa. The elf queen had her own major ugliness to go through, and it was totally overshadowed by other events.
This was a brilliant issue in an outstanding run.
Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: Russell Dauterman
Colorist: Matthew WIlson
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Cover: Russell Dauterman & Matthew Wilson