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The Mighty Thor #1: Review

Nov 2015
Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman

Story Name:

Thunder in her Veins

Review & Comments

4 stars

The Mighty Thor #1 Review by (November 24, 2015)
Comments: Features a wrap-around cover showing a panorama of many supporting characters from the (more recent) series; the inside cover is the same picture in black and white. Vision and Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers) are seen briefly in the Avengers scene alongside Iron Man and Dr Strange who have speaking roles. The Destroyer has a cameo in Asgard.

Review: Well, this is different: a terminal cancer patient as the hero of a superhero comic. And that’s about all that is different in this “all-new all-different Marvel” epic; the story continues from the last issue and the creative team is the same. The issue sets up the situation nicely: Jane has cancer (I hope this series does not become too maudlin, it’s a tragedy but we don’t need to wallow in it for cheap drama—though the idea that becoming Thor reverses the chemo treatment is a clever touch, setting her up for an epic act of self-sacrifice), former Thor is missing, Odin is a reclusive tyrant, and the usual baddies are doing bad stuff. Oh, and Loki needs a shave. There we are. Where is this going? No idea but it doesn’t look too different from what was going on in the previous volume. We’ll have to wait to see what Jason Aaron is planning.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

The Mighty Thor #1 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

In a hospital, Dr. Jane Foster sits contemplating the chemotherapy which is intended to halt the cancer which is slowly spreading through her body and killing her. As she watches television, she sees a Roxxon weather station bombarded by the bodies of dead elves, crippling the craft and sending it in a death spiral toward Earth. She summons Mjolnir and at once she is transformed into the Mighty Thor….

The Avengers arrive in Washington D.C. where the space station is expected to make landfall but Thor already has it in hand, slowing the craft’s fall so that it hits the reflecting pool and grinds to a stop. After ascertaining that the crew is well, she excuses herself, knowing that Malekith is behind it, having invaded Alfheim to begin a war of the Realms. Thor returns to the hospital, transforming back into the weakened form of Jane Foster as we learn that her transformations purge the effect of the chemo from her body. She awakens her companion Volstagg and together they journey to Asgard….

The Golden Realm is now deserted, the gods afraid of the All-Father Odin who sits in his palace guarded by the Destroyer. Jane and Volstagg take their places in the Congress of the Worlds where the Senator from Alfheim accuses Malekith of initiating a war. The Dark Elf Senators deny any such thing; Jane testifies to the atrocities but she can’t claim to be an eyewitness without revealing that she is the new outlaw Thor. The Congress then does nothing about this aggression. Jane visits Freyja in prison where Odin has left her but the All-Mother chooses not to act against her husband at this time and Thor Odinson is missing, gone where he would not be found. Frustrated, Jane becomes Thor once more and asks Heimdall for use of Bifrost to head to Alfheim; he denies her, citing the command of the All-Father. Then Cul Borson arrives with guards to arrest her….

In the Yawning Void, Malekith gloats over his invasion of Alfheim while Roxxon head Dario Agger is miffed at the sacrifice of his space station. The Dark Elf lord then tells the rest of his allies that someone has applied to be a member of their Dark Council; Ulik, Laufey, and demons from Muspelheim debate the admittance of the new member—Loki, once again a bad guy….

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


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