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Thor # 1
Writer- Jason Aaron
Artist- Russell Dauterman
Colors- Matthew Wilson
After much debate and attention, the much anticipated Thor #1 finally arrived this week. The book has been a intensely hot topic, from the reveal of it’s existence to the replacement of Thor with an unknown woman picking up the hammer. It was the first thing I wanted to read this week and after I was finished I wasn’t disappointed in that choice.
The interesting thing about this book is that while the new Thor is on the cover, she doesn’t show up until the very last page of the book. Oh you wanted to know who the new Thor is? Yeah, sorry that’s not happening here either. There are some not so subtle hints of who it could be, but I don’t think Jason Aaron is going to make it that easy for us. I was glad that we got to spend so much time with “old” Thor in this issue. As interested as I am in this new Thor, I’m just as interested to see how being unworthy treats old Thor. If this issue is any indication, the hero we knew isn’t going anywhere, and that’s because of a character I really enjoyed reading. Freyja is written here perfectly. The counter to stubborn Odin and the light to Thor’s path. I really enjoyed seeing her.
As far as visuals, man this book is a lot of fun to look at. Russell Dauterman gives us a much different look than the previous issues of Thor, but the change is welcome and fitting for the change the book is undergoing. Matthew Wilson compliments the change with a beautifully colored issue as well. My favorite page in the entire book was the last page where the new Thor makes her appearance. Look at that picture! How awesome is that?
Verdict. 

 

Yep. Buy it. That last page pumped me up. I’m excited to see where this goes.  For a guy who was never into Thor before this run,  Jason Aaron has got me invested now with not one, but two Thor’s.  I can’t wait to see what happens with both of these characters.

3 Responses

  1. thisjohnd

    I’m really torn about how to feel about this book considering the new female Thor is barely in it. On one hand, I feel like it’s a cheat. Marvel hyped up this title so much and promoted it heavily as featuring the new Thor only to limit her appearance to the last two pages of the book AND not reveal her identity. Justin, I know you said that Jason Aaron wasn’t going to make it easy, but I was really looking forward to discovering who the new Thor was going to be when I cracked open this issue. I feel like the longer Aaron keeps the identity a secret, the more likely it will get spoiled by Marvel for the sake of publicity. I don’t know why this couldn’t have been a #.01 issue or the actual finale for Aaron’s God of Thunder series, because that’s what it felt like at times.

    On the other hand, this book kept me engaged more than any other I read this week. The turmoil between Freya and Odin is very, VERY interesting and I like how that acts as the impetus to there being a new Thor. As much as I was initially disappointed in the issue, I’ll likely check out a second issue but if the new Thor is kept to a limited role in the next issue, I’ll be skipping this series entirely.

    • Justin Townson

      John,

      this comes from Aaron himself

      While Aaron isn’t divulging anything for now, he did say that the mystery of the female Thor will carry on for at least a small handful of issues, which Marvel aims to publish monthly.

      “It’s somebody we know,” Aaron said. “It’s not going to be a ‘brand new’ character we’ve never seen before. It’ll be someone from Thor’s corner of the universe. If you look at the supporting cast that I’ve built up around him over the last 25 issues, a lot of those characters are female, and have been around for quite awhile. You’ve got a fair share of suspects.”

      Seems like we wont know for a bit yet, but my trust in Aaron will keep me from going anywhere.

  2. ZenReader

    Thor: God of Thunder has been one of my favorite titles over the last couple of years and with this issue, it looks like this new Thor direction is going to be at the top of my list as well. Looking forward to the coming months and the eventual reveal.

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