Thor #1 Review: A Storybook Fantasy for Superhero Fans

Posted by June 13, 2018 Comment

Thor #1
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Writer: Jason Aaron, Artists: Mike del Mundo and Christian Ward, Color Assists: Marco D'Alfonso, Letters: VC's Joe Sabino, Logo: Jay Bowen, Cover by: Mike del Mundo, Variant Covers by: Kaare Andrews; Russel Dauterman; James Harren and Dave Stewart; Jack Kirby; Vince Colletta, Paul Mounts, and Michael Kelleher; Esad Ribic; Christian Ward, Associate Editor: Sarah Brunstad, Editor: Wil Moss, Executive Editor: Tom Brevoort, Thor created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, and Jack Kirby, Publisher: Marvel Comics, Release Date: Out Today, Price: $5.99

Thor is searching for the powerful artifacts spread across the globe when Asgardia exploded. This search has led him to a temple devoted to the rage demon Cytorrak in Thailand. Consequently, this has put him in the path of the Unstoppable Juggernaut, and Thor’s new hammer is not yet ready.

Thor #1 cover by Mike del Mundo
Thor #1 cover by Mike del Mundo

In the follow-up story set far into the future, All-Father Thor and the Goddesses of Thunder seek to watch over the newly restarted human race when tragedy strikes. Then, Thor discovers a horrible truth on the far side of the universe.

Thor #1 takes some tonal notes from Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok. There is significantly more humor in this issue than the past five issues of Jason Aaron’s Mighty Thor. This isn’t inherently a bad thing, as the humor isn’t so overwhelming that it piledrives the tone. Plus, what Waititi and the Russo Brothers did with the God of Thunder in Ragnarok and Infinity War was brilliant, as it gave the Odinson a lot more personality. Injecting a bit of that into the books is honestly a good idea.

That brings us to the plot, which is a treasure hunt angle that follows up the events of the last few issues of Mighty Thor. We check in with a lot of characters like Odin, Freyja, and Jane Foster and see how they’ve adapted, reacted, and changed since we last saw them two months ago.

The fights are somewhat understandable truncated for time, but it does still feel a bit like having the rug pulled out from under you when you don’t get to watch the entire fight against the Juggernaut. That’s not even the most egregious case of this happening.

Thor #1 art by Mike del Mundo
Thor #1 art by Mike del Mundo

Mike del Mundo portrays the first story while Christian Ward takes the second. Both do fine work. Their painted and ethereal style does an excellent job of giving the comic this storybook mythology quality, which fits the God of Thunder’s comic perhaps better than any other book from the Big Two. The color work (Del Mundo had color assists from Marco D’Alfonso) matches this theme too, giving strangely wonderful blends of color throughout the book.

Thor #1 is a triumphant return for the Thunder God, giving him some new fun and personality while still maintaining the heavier tones and themes that have been inherent in Aaron’s recent stories. The art of Ward and Mundo give the book a distinct visual identity that carries through both stories. I dug this one quite a bit, and I think others will too. Give it a read.

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(Last Updated June 13, 2018 6:22 pm )

About Joshua Davison

Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.

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