Review: THE MIGHTY THOR #11

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THE MIGHTY THOR #11
Written by Jason Aaron
Art by Russell Dauterman, Matt Wilson
Published by Marvel Comics
Release Date: September 21, 2016

Jane….appearing from a portal to save Thor? What the hell is going on?

The last issue of The Mighty Thor confused us all. But but but…Jane is THOR! I’m not going to discuss the why and how of what happens, cause that’s part of what makes this issue so magical, and I’ll state it simply: you need to read this comic.

Jason Aaron’s fantastic dialogue is a big reason why you need to read this comic. The plot twist is exceptional, but the dialogue in and around the twist is just as fantastic. The banter between S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, Dario’s non-stop ego and some excellent moments between Roz and Thor show just how well in sync with these characters Jason Aaron is. There isn’t a single line in the entire comic that feels out of place or unnecessary, and I applaud how Aaron balances humour, intensity and heartfelt moments, putting them together in a fully rounded story that has forever changed the Thor mythos. The way he threads plot lines through this series is phenomenal and when pieces come together it is a magical thing. This is one of my favourite single issues of 2016, hands down, and I cannot applaud Jason Aaron’s writing enough.

As strong as Aaron’s writing in, the dynamic duo of Russell Dauterman and Matthew Wilson are the guys who sell the story. This team can handle the big, thunderous moments and the quiet moments with what appears to be ease. Dauterman’s work as Thor and Jane interact is absolutely amazing, with subtleties in play that make so much sense once the twist is revealed. There is not a single poorly penciled panel in the entire issue and Dauterman has solidified himself as one of the top pencilers in comics. Matt Wilson’s work takes those pencils to a new level and the palette he works with makes The Mighty Thor such a bright and dynamic comic, without ever feeling neon or over the top. This art team is a force to be reckoned with, just like the Mighty Thor herself.

The Mighty Thor #11 is as good a comic as you’re going to find anywhere in the industry, and is a strong contender for the best single issue of 2016. The twist is fabulous, the banter between characters is brilliant and I cannot wait for the next issue of this masterfully crafted series.

The Verdict: 10/10

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