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Thor #1: Review

Jun 2018
Jason Aaron, Mike del Mundo

Story Name:

God of Thunder Reborn

Review & Comments

Rating:
4 stars

Thor #1 Review by (June 13, 2018)

Review: So...here we are with the new Thor title: Jason Aaron is still here, as is the comic edge he developed since finishing the God Butcher arc. Thor's new mission, to hunt down the missing treasures of Asgardia, sounds a bit too much like a video game with quests and side quests but it looks like it will be put on the back burner as Thor is sent back to the War of the Realms (which has been running through the Thor titles for nearly five years now). The most glaring new factor is artist Mike Del Mundo and his distinctive art. Both lushly painted and somewhat surreal, it will take me awhile to get used to—even if Jane Foster looks like Munch's The Scream.

The second tale boasts a more traditional art style but the King Thor stories never thrilled me. A mopey old Thor watching everything die is a recipe for a downer of a series and the heat death of the universe fits nicely in there. The Goddesses do their best to lighten the mood but they are fighting against entropy. But I will say that the final reveal is the very definition of “I never saw that coming”: Oldest Man Logan, Phoenix!

Comments: Asgardia and the Rainbow Bridge were destroyed by Mangog, Heimdall blinded, and Mjolnir lost in the sun at the climax of the previous Thor title, THE MIGHTY THOR (2017). Screwbeard and Ud the Troll have been a part of Thor's League of Realms since THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #14. The first story comes “with color assists from Marco D'Alfonso.”





 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #1 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Having reclaimed his mantle as God of Thunder, Thor is in Thailand on his new mission to recover various lost treasures of Asgardia. Trying to recover the Wizard's Eye from the temple of Cyttorak pits him against the Juggernaut. Juggy knocks Thor off a cliff and he calls for Screwbeard to send him a hammer. With hammer in hand he clobbers Juggy—and the hammer breaks. As the big brute rains down the blows, Thor calls for all the hammers the dwarves have made. When they rain down, the cultists touch them and are electrocuted. Thor takes the biggest, clouts Juggy soundly and returns to Asgardia with the Wizard's Eye.

On arrival he gets into an argument with Screwbeard over the poor quality of the latest hammers and Ud the Troll offers to look for a new source of Uru. Thor checks in on the newly-blinded Heimdall who cannot see how the other realms are faring. A mournful Odin asks after Freyja....

Thor goes to the Bronx in Midgard where Roz Solomon is organizing housing for refugee gods and elves, etc. Jane Foster is improving and wants to touch the new golden hammer. Freyja is caring for the injured Volstagg and asks Thor to be nice to Loki when he sees him; Thor is not so inclined....

Irked, Thor goes out to find the Gem of Infinite Suns, battling the Sub-Mariner for it. He returns to his boat in Newark Harbor with the shark that has swallowed the Gem; he extracts it, leaving the carcass for Thori and his goat. Thor goes below where Loki is waiting for him...after a lot of fighting, Loki manages to offer to help Thor end the war, by promising to send Thor to the realms where Malekith is rampaging. Loki sends Thor off unwillingly but Thor grabs Loki by the hair pulling him and the boat with Thori and the goat into Hel—where they are met by Balder the Brave and Skurge the Executioner driving a huge war machine....

The Grace of Thor

Writer: Jason Aaron. Art: Christian Ward.

In the distant future, King Thor battles the last of the space sharks on request from his granddaughters the Goddesses of Thunder, who wish to make it a vegetarian pet called Death Mouth. Thor is summoned by prayer to New Midgard where Lady Jane, the first woman of the revived world, is dying. Lady Jane asks if there is an afterlife where she will see her late husband Steve again but Thor can only tell her no. After the funeral, Mjolnir returns from its journey across the universe, leading Thor to follow its path back to the distant cosmos where he learns that the bulk of the universe is already dead, eaten up by entropy. In his frustration and bitterness he wishes he had someone to fight and his wish is granted: an ancient Wolverine, with the power of the Phoenix Force, appears before him....



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Mike del Mundo
Mike del Mundo
Mike del Mundo
Mike del Mundo (Cover Penciler)
Mike del Mundo (Cover Inker)
Mike del Mundo (Cover Colorist)


Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Executioner
Executioner

(Skurge)
Loki
Loki

(Loki Laufeyson)
Thor
Thor

(Odinson)
Wolverine
Wolverine

(James Howlett)

Plus: Goddesses of Thunder, Jane Foster, Roz Solomon.