Writer: Jason Aaron / Artist: Valerio Schiti / Marvel Comics
Without outright saying it (one, because spoilers, and two, because it pains me to talk about Jane Foster’s inevitable fate), it’s becoming obvious on one narrative front where The Mighty Thor is headed, but the journey there has been an outstanding read. Jason Aaron’s run deserves to be celebrated and remembered as one of the great eras in Thor’s history when we go back and look at it years from now. And it’s really only getting better.
It’s starting to feel like I need a Buzz Lightyear meme to accurately depict all the Thors coming out of the woodwork in Aaron’s run since he took the reigns. “Thors everywhere.” Issue #21 picks up, more or less, right after the previous installment with the brand new War Thor doing what he seems to do best: violence. Lots and lots of violence. All of the violence. If Aaron was trying to convey the message that war is a big thing with the War Thor, you’ll have definitely gotten the message after maybe three or four pages.
The issue is pretty effective in giving us an idea of the strengths and weaknesses of this new player and how it’s going to effect the man under the helmet in future issues. Oh, and there’s a couple of pages dedicated to making one cry with concern for Jane Foster’s safety. For all the hammer slinging and bloodletting, the issue mainly serves at setup to get the ball rolling for what looks to be a two or three issue slugfest… and I will never talk bad about the promise of a good old-fashioned Asgardian throwdown.
Visually, I expected to be let down by the lack of Russell Dauterman this time around since he’s becoming the Kevin Durant to Aaron’s Steph Curry. However, Valerio Schiti has made for a more than adequate stand-in. The biggest compliment I can give is that she managed to keep (let’s face it) almost thirty pages of fire and blood interesting in just about every panel. I assumed that given their overall designs, the Muspelheim Riders’ face would be hard to make expressive, but I was proven wrong here once again.
Bottom Line: Another masterful job on Aaron’s part giving us an entertaining introduction to what could have ended up being a dull, lifeless character while leaving us salivating for the almost certainly impending throwdowns.
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