Rating: 5/5 – Welcome Back to Thor and Beta Ray Bill
by ComicSpectrum reviewer Adam Brunell
Following Jane Foster as the Goddess of Thunder in The Mighty Thor, I can’t help but wonder, “What happened to the Odinson?” At one point in The Mighty Thor series, we saw the son of Odin somewhere in space chained down and possibly being tortured. This was a couple pages in one issue and that was given to readers months ago. In the wake of Civil War II, I’m not seeing any comics asking where Thor went. I get Jane Foster is Thor right now, but Marvel pretty much made the son of Odin a forgettable friend to any character in the Marvel Universe. Luckily, The Unworthy Thor lets us see what the son of Odin has been up to.
Who better then Writer Jason Aaron to take the reins on this title? Jason’s dynamic approach to his stories always has left me devouring each new comic he writes, and with good reason. Aaron takes off in The Unworthy Thor right where we were left in that quick glimpse in earlier Mighty Thor comics. He is being held captive by an alien race, but for what reason? It’s unknown at this time. The story goes, Thor is now unworthy to wield Mjolnir and after a cosmic entity tells him of another hammer, he goes on a hunt for this new hammer, and in the panels of the page about the new hammer there is a reference to the Secret Wars title “Thors”. At the end of that series we saw Ultimate Thor’s hammer flying off through space; could the new hammer be the Mjolnir from what was the Ultimate Universe? Aaron teases with this first issue by only letting us see a shadow of some weapon on a hill, though the cover art for this issue clearly gives away what the weapon looks like. During Thor’s hunt for this weapon, we receive the return of Beta Ray Bill and he makes an offer to Thor that will be hard for him to refuse.
Olivier Coipel’s art in the comic is extremely well done. Even in dog piled fights, everything is crisp and clean. In the chaos of major fights and battles, I always find something out of place, but not with Coipel. I guess when you have illustrated so many big fights like Coipel has in comics, it just becomes second nature. The panels and pages for this comic are breathtaking, whether set out in space or on an unknown planet, Coipel delivers astonishing works of design, imagination, and art. The return of Beta Ray Bill was glorified in the art, and personally I think it was well deserved.
From start to finish this comic tantalized me with the unknown, as well as references to some of Aaron’s previous work with the Marvel Universe. I hadn’t had a good look at The Unseen since the end of the Original Sin comics, so I am glad that Aaron and Coipel added him in for a short time. At one point Thor references when he lost Mjolnir to a simple whisper, and in hopes of knowing what was said, Aaron still leaves readers in the dark. The comic is well written, dialogue is great and the art is beautiful from page to page. It looks like I will have another monthly comic to add to my stack.
Reviewed by: Adam Brunell
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