Written by Jason Aaron
Art by Russell Dauterman and Matt Wilson
Published by Marvel Comics
Release Date: April 15, 2015
Through the use of non-linear storytelling and expressive, action-packed art, Dauterman and Aaron lift the veil on the identity of the new Thor. Last issue, we saw Odinson crossing names of potential candidates on a list and settling on a likely suspect. Now, we are given a glimpse of just what Roz was up to during some key events.
After six months of teasing and mystery, this issue once again takes us back to that fateful time period when Odinson first lost his hammer. Instead of talking heads giving backstory over a phone or headset, Dauterman has Roz being taken through her paces. It’s a clever and dynamic way of allowing Aaron to provide exposition while still allowing Dauterman’s art to create a high adrenaline atmosphere. It also provides for double meanings in language between Roz and Coulson, to provide a few laughs. For new readers, this dialogue allows for a easy entry into what has been happening.
Dauterman’s art continues to be high detailed movement and fluidity. What creates the great contrast are Matt Wilson’s high contrast colors. There are multiple colors, layers and shadings used on everything from the background to the smallest gun or car seat. Flashy neon greens, yellows, and pinks are utilized every other panel, s as not to overwhelm the page. Combined with Dauterman’s rhombus and slated paneling, which add to the fast pacing, this is an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. styled action sequence alive on the page.
The pace and story are quieted by a trip to the moon where Mjölnir lay, before it was claimed by the new Thor. It is this sequence of traditional rectangular panels overlaying each other slightly that the emotional impact of what is to come builds up. This calming marriage of what could be, what has been and what is will hit the hardest on those who have been reading this series from the beginning. While you do not see the hammer being picked up by anyone on these pages, there is a strong tease that this is our Thor.
The rest of the issue feels more like the previous ones with the fight continuing between Thor and the Destroyer that All-Father sent after her. We are also given a great cut-away with absolutely gorgeous scenery by Dauterman and Wilson of what Malekith, the true villain and threat that should be dealt with, is up to while the Asgardian infighting continues to play out.
All-Father continues to be the metaphorical embodiment of an old guard of men who cannot let go to something they feel belongs in the wrong hands. This never subtle story continues to be charged with meaning. Never is this more driven home harder when Thor and All-Father hear the former title holder address himself as Prince Odinson with full force. The accompanying final splash page doesn’t hurt either.
Thor is a monthly dose of fist-pumping inspiration. The impatience level for the confirmation of her identity next month has hit its limit. While nothing is officially confirmed in this issue, pick it up for the action, emotion, continued demolishing of the old guard; and you’ll never forget the gorgeous pages that sing with fluid movement and beauty.
The Verdict: 9.0/10