Thor #1 Review

Written by: Jason Aaron

Art by: Russell Dauterman

Publisher: Marvel

The Thor that Jason Aaron has been writing for two years, like he has stated, is a God, not a man, and how grateful we should be for that.

Thor #1 has released to much fanfare from the mainstream press that is generally uncommon for the comic book industry as a whole, excluding major character deaths such as Superman or Captain America. The fact that this book has made a lot a news (due to the fact that Thor Odinson has been replaced with a new, female, God of Thunder) should not take the shine away from the fact that this is an excellent debut issue, carefully calculated with the utmost restraint in revealing the titular character while simultaneously allowing her presence in this new status quo to be known. Jason Aaron embraces the sci-fi/fantasy hybrid of Norse Mythology present in Marvel continuity, completely allowing every aspect of it’s wacky nuances to simultaneously be introduced to first time readers and flourish for those who are already familiar with the world of Odin, Frost Giants, and Rainbow Bridges. Thor #1 is a continuation of Jason Aaron’s previous series, Thor God of Thunder, and while this new title picks up some aspects from that series, this remains a new starting point so those afraid of missing out should have their fears assuaged.

While Esad Ribic, the previous main artist on Aaron’s previous Thor title,  shone in his art’s complete exemplification of the Frank Frazetta-esque, Conan the Barbaraian fantasy landscapes and characters, new artist Russell Dauterman breathes new, bright, colorful life into this relaunched series. His pencil’s still have the same reverence for the intricate fantasy depicted in the great echelon of Thor comics but shine with a stunning new approach: depicting these grotesque monsters and giants and extravagant in all their glory without sacrificing any of the fantastical elements that make these characters larger than life. Even the gnashing and angry faces of the invading frost giants depicted on the first couple of pages are perfectly hyperbolic as to not take the reader out of the story, but to remind them that this is modern myth realized.

Aaron shows his depth as a writer by progressing the plot forward while continuing to pick up new readers along the way. Most of this issue is focused on Thor Odinson’s current state of affairs: disgraced after the events of Original Sin and no longer fit to wield Mjolnir. While some readers may be disappointed as to how little the new Thor appears in this issues (technically on the last page), her presence is felt throughout the entire issue and the buildup is worth it for the promise of the new stories to follow make the brevity entirely worth it. Thor #1 is simply focused on telling the best possible story with the characters it’s presented on both creators fronts, ignoring all of the “controversy” that has followed it’s impending release. This book serves as a breath of fresh air, free from complex Marvel continuity and outside influences while continuing the promote the saga that Jason Aaron has been telling for almost two years. How grateful we should be that we can be graced with two wonderful books and two wonderful Gods of Thunder.