Review: THE MIGHTY THOR #8

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THE MIGHTY THOR #8
Written by Jason Aaron
Art by Russell Dauterman, Matt Wilson
Published by Marvel Comics
Release Date: June 22, 2016

The saga of Jane Foster continues as Dario Agger’s deals become the focus of some unwanted attention…as is Jane.

Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman and Matt Wilson are a freakin’ amazing team, folks. These gentlemen are gifted storytellers and this comic is fabulous. That’s probably all I need to say, but I’m not going to stop there. You can’t, and won’t shut me up. I will not be silenced!

Sorry. Ok – this issue went places I didn’t expect…and I loved them. There is a focus on Dario in an unexpected manner and what the crew does with the character could be very interesting going forward. Aaron excels at the dialogue in the sequence featuring the Roxxon overlord, and with each new face in this comic I found a great amount of entertainment. A duo is added to the mix that are hilarious, and Aaron does a great job throughout the issue of showcasing Jane’s strength while never ignoring her conflict with cancer. Dauterman shows the dichotomy of Jane in her human form and Thor form absolutely brilliantly, with some images that are absolutely jaw dropping. These two creators are insanely in sync with how to represent this character, one that battles monthly for top spot on my “favourite character in comics” list.

I appreciated the pacing of this issue quite a lot, as the thunder isn’t the focus. The first arc of this issue was action heavy, with two intermission issues featuring the Odinson wailing on a false god of Loki’s construction, so dialing back the action a bit in this issue was perfect. That’s not to say nothing happens: quite the opposite, in fact, as there is some critical plot movement here, but it doesn’t happen beneath lightning and krakathooms. The change of pace didn’t feel at all out of place, and I’m convinced there is no situation that this team wouldn’t be able to put on paper and make it work. They can handle humour, drama, thundering action and suspense….seemingly without even breaking a sweat.

That Aaron guy can write, but his cohorts in thunderous crime are forces to be reckoned with. Dauterman and Wilson deliver flawless artwork from the first panel to the last, executing every scene and emotion flawlessly. Dauterman can handle humour, intense drama, and the dichotomy of Jane’s two lives with a level of skill not found in many comics, let alone superhero comics. Matt Wilson takes the amazing pencil work and gives it life, bringing the magic and wonder of Asgard and Thor to the pages without ever going too far over the top. As Thor, Jane is dynamic and powerful without ever being flashy, and in her human form Wilson highlights her physical frailty from her disease without ever diminishing her strength. This is artwork that brought me into the world of Thor and didn’t let me out until the final page, and I cannot praise this duo highly enough. I’m not sure a better battery is operating in comics right now.

The Mighty Thor #8 is an awesome comic in a long line of successes from this team. Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman and Matt Wilson are bringing the thunder and I’m underselling this comic by calling it a must-read. This is essential reading if you are a Marvel fan or enjoy superhero comics. It is that damn good.

The Verdict: 10/10

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