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The Mighty Thor #706: Review

Apr 2018
Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman

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At the Gates of Valhalla

Review & Comments

4 stars

The Mighty Thor #706 Review by (April 25, 2018)

Review: I have mixed emotions about this issue. On the one hand, Jane's sacrifice saves Asgardia and by force of will she returns from the dead and inspires the original Thor to keep striving as a hero. On the other hand, after stressing that Thor's death also entails the death of Jane Foster, having her come back through the power of wistfulness to deliver a pep talk to Thor seems a bit silly. Your mileage may vary. One thing I am certain of is that I will miss the beautiful and evocative art of Dauterman and Wilson. Hope he soon does something else for Marvel; I'd read it.

Comments: “Dedicated to Michael W. Wilson.” Issue includes a farewell from artist Russell Dauterman and a reverie on Jane Thor by Jason Aaron. Many series characters pop up in backgrounds, including Sif, Bor, Hogun, and Fandral.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

The Mighty Thor #706 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

As the Norse gods gather around the motionless body of Jane Foster, she finds herself at the gates of Valhalla, realm of the honored dead. She is confronted by Odin, shocked at how she turned out to be the female Thor—and grateful that she destroyed the Mangog, giving her life in the battle. She is welcomed to the paradise that is Valhalla but she hesitates...she wasn't ready to die....

In Asgardia, the healers say Jane is dead as the God Tempest rushes around them, released by the destruction of Mjolnir in the sun (last issue). And it is the God Tempest that will not let Jane pass through the gates. Thor tries to revive her with lightning, melting his metal arm in the process. As Jane looks back, her story not yet finished, her soul reenters her body and she awakens to the shock and delight of the Asgardians....

Days later, as Asgardia is being repaired, Jane chats with Thor, having resumed her chemotherapy and without Mjolnir to interrupt her...and the Odinson is pained at the loss of his hammer, thinking he will never again be worthy. Jane tries to persuade him that he will always be Thor and Thor can never die. She presents him with a tiny fragment of Mjolnir that fell to the moon and persuades him that he doesn't need the hammer to be Thor. He thanks her and says goodbye and Jane looks to the sky where once she flew.

Russell Dauterman
Russell Dauterman
Matthew Wilson
Russell Dauterman (Cover Penciler)
Russell Dauterman (Cover Inker)
Matthew Wilson (Cover Colorist)


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