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Comic Review: Thor #1 lays our man low, merely hints at our new woman

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All the taglines for Thor #1 have gleefully teased who she might be, but you’ll get no concrete answers in this issue.

The hotly-anticipated new take on the god(ess?) of thunder only starts down the path with its new heroine in this issue. The bulk of the story is devoted to male Thor, who has suddenly become unworthy after Nick Fury whispered something in his ear during the events of Original Sin.

After a spectacular run on Thor: God of Thunder, writer Jason Aaron joins with incoming artist Russell Dauterman to present a well-paced and accessible issue No. 1 that does plenty to whet your appetite for more. Aaron doesn’t lean too heavily on events from his previous run, and where he does bring it up, he quickly explains what’s happening.

The only real key difference from the norm for most newcomers is that Odin has been away, and his wife, Freyja, has been running Asgard(ia) as the All-Mother. But Daddy’s back now and he wants to run the house again, so it looks like Freyja will be left out in the cold.

Unless, perhaps, she is worthy of a certain hammer.

Speaking of worthy, most of this issue deals with the unworthy Thor kneeling miserably in front of his hammer on the surface of the moon, while his parents and the rest of Asgard look on and try to comprehend what’s happened to their champion. Odin tries yelling at Thor. Freyja offers her support. Others try to lift the hammer (including Odin), but no one can pick it up.

Back on Earth, a familiar mix of Thor baddies have popped up to menace humanity. A group of frost giants rise out of a trench deep in the ocean to attack an underwater oil drilling facility. And they’re aided by Malekith, the magic dark elf with a hate-on for Thor.

Someone’s got to stop them, so Thor picks up his old axe and goes after Malekith. But Thor’s not the same hero without Mjolnir, and Malekith gives him a pretty vicious wound right out of the gate. If you read God of Thunder, just think of Old King Thor’s noticeable addition and you’ll know what happens.

Female Thor only appears in the final pages, as a shadowy figure (Freyja?) on the surface of the moon who proves worthy of picking up Mjolnir.

And it’s in those final pages that artist Russell Dauterman really impresses. The hammer scene is epic and fantastic, and new Thor looks great. However, the art in general falls a step short on the “epic” scale when compared to Esad Ribic, who drew the last volume of this series. Dauterman’s work is slightly less realistic-looking, and evokes the style of many 1990s comic books. This is not to say it’s bad – because it’s pretty good – but just to say that longtime readers will have to adjust a bit.

But then, a female Thor is a big adjustment, too.

The guess here is she’s Freyja, recently kicked out of her All-Mother position by her husband and looking for a little respect. I find it kind of odd to think of Thor’s mom taking over his mantle, but other than that, the character arc makes sense. Whoever she is, she’s almost assuredly another god, because a mortal can’t just stroll across the surface of the moon and give a go at picking up Mjolnir.

Overall, the Sword in the Stone setup with Mjolnir is fun, and Aaron takes male Thor in a compelling direction before he introduces the female Thor. Cast your bets on her identity now, and let’s see how long Aaron keeps it a secret.

8 out of 10

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