THE MIGHTY THOR #1
Jason Aaron’s run on Thor has been nothing short of invigorating. Going into Secret Wars it was one of the books that had the most to lose by taking hiatus and it’s new name certainly raised some eyebrows. Not only is Jane back but The Mighty Thor finds itself among the best titles of the All-New All-Different Marvel relaunch. Aaron and artist Russell Dauterman launch a number one that picks up where the previous story left off while being as inviting to new readers as all the new Marvel books need to be.
The book continues the build to the “War of the Realms” as an alliance between Roxxon CEO Dario Agger and the dark elf Malekith threatens all those on the World Tree. Jane Foster is still in the grips of a losing battle with cancer and must contend with the fact that her new thundergod powers are slowly killing her, all the while the Odinson is still missing.
Writer, Jason Aaron is doing Thor right. No matter who wields the hammer; the best thundergod stories have always balanced larger than life fantasy with the dichotomy of the mundane. The Jane Foster/Thor character emphasizes this perfectly in the issue. Mighty Thor’s opening issue takes an intimate look at not only Jane Foster’s condition but what all those battling cancer go through. Then on the other side of the coin you see her blast off as the god of thunder to save the world. Jane knows every time she leaps into battle she brings her self that much closer to the grave and her struggle with this is the heart of the series. One that Aaron scripts masterfully with drama, humor, and action.
Russ Dauterman delivers when it comes to grandeur and makes a case for being one of the best artist of the All-New All-Different launch ( Though he’s already had plenty of practice drawing Thor). His line work is graceful and efficient; there’s very little use of negative space. For a book that has to feel large, it’s quite a different route to take but one that pays off. You’ll see the best examples of this style when Thor has to venture into space to stop a falling station. Dauterman’s work was always good on his early Thor issues and it’s a treat to see not only where he is artistically but also just how he’ll continue to evolve.
Look if you’re completely closed off to the idea of a female Thor then nothing here will change your mind. Odinson will be Thor again one day when a movie really needs it. That’s just the nature of big comics, so why not enjoy this. Jane Foster as Thor has been one tremendous story that ranks among the best in comics. The Mighty Thor #1 should not be missed.