Review: Thor #6

I have to admit, I thought the introduction of a female Thor was a cheap ploy at first to temporarily boost sales, but I’ve actually enjoyed this series, and I have been intrigued by the mystery surrounding her identity. Its looking like that mystery will be revealed by this summer’s Secret Wars crossover, but in the meantime, the Odinson is out to discover who this new Thor actually is.

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JASON AARON (W)
RUSSELL DAUTERMAN (A/C)

INHUMANS 50TH ANNIVERSARY VARIANT COVER BY LADRÖNN
WOMEN OF MARVEL VARIANT COVER BY STEPHANIE HANS
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

SOLICITATION:
WHO IS THOR?
• That’s the question on everyone’s lips. Most especially Prince Odinson of Asgard. This issue, he starts to narrow down the list of suspects.
• Meanwhile, tensions continue to flare between the All-Mother and All-Father, Malekith forges his most dangerous pact yet, and Thor prepares to face her greatest challenge!

REVIEW:

Jason Aaron is crafting a very good mystery with Thor’s identity. As a general rule of thumb, I hate Thor and he’s managed to make me really like not only this new Thor, but the Odinson as well. How did he do it? The Odinson has been completely humbled and now isn’t trying to discover who the new Thor is to win back his hammer, but to determine what has changed inside him to make him unworthy. He keeps a list and visits each woman on it, discovering truths about himself along the way.

Jason Aaron also addresses what might have been clues along the way, such as her hair color (which was revealed to change when in her secret identity in the fourth issue, and the fact that she picked up the hammer on the moon. Sadly, that last one is addressed by the hammer being on the blue area of the moon where there is air, so unfortunately, that clue isn’t even a clue anymore. We have a leading candidate as this issue ends, but given that there is one more issue between this and the reveal, I suspect that it is a false lead as well, but it does conform to the stated clue that her identity ties into the story Jason aaron has been telling all along.

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The least successful part of this issue isn’t even that bad. Thor visits Jane Foster, finding her recovering from breast cancer. This type of scene can come across as cliché and intentionally heart-wrenching at its worst, and best as a defining moment for the relationship between the characters. This falls somewhere between, probably because the Odinson makes this scene all about him, which helps show why he’s unworthy of Mjolnir. Remember in Winter Soldier where Steve visits Peggy Carter and sits through her completely forgetting that he’s been there? That’s the way to do this scene with the hero coming off well, but the reason that the Odinson’s scene with Jane Foster works so well is that it demonstrates how self-centered the Odinson is, even in his quest for the identity of the new Thor. Visiting Jane Foster is not about atoning for how he treated her in the past, how their relationship ended, or providing her comfort. Odinson’s visit is all about seeing if Jane Foster is the new Thor, it’s Jane who pulls out of him how losing the hammer and his arm is affecting him. Jane shows the selflessness that Odinson should have.

The art is very nice. The part that really stands out is how well Matthew Wilson and Russell Dauterman work together. Usually these type of effects come across very heavy handed, but they mesh well here and do not look out of place. Scenes in Asgard are very bright, and on Earth, they are very grounded. It’s a very appropriate art style for this story and these characters. Some scenes that should have more impact don’t quite have it, but I can forgive that for that Jane Foster scene. While it wasn’t perfect, it was well done.