THOR #1 Review

Will this bold new direction be one worth following? Read on to find out.

The official description from Marvel:

• The great hammer MJOLNIR lies on the moon, unable to be lifted by anyone in all the heavens! Even THOR!
• Something dark has befallen the God of Thunder, leaving him weakened and for the first time in forever… UNWORTHY!
• But when Frost Giants invade the Earth, the hammer will be lifted and an all-new Thor will arise! A Thor unlike any we’ve ever seen before!
• Who is this new GODDESS OF THUNDER? Not even Odin knows!
• JASON AARON teams with hot up-and-coming artist RUSSELL DAUTERMAN (CYCLOPS) to create a bold new chapter in the storied history of Thor!

Thor #1 variant“Whosoever holds this hammer, if she be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.” These words though slightly changed are known well by all Thor fans, but never before have they become so prominent than right now. Following Nick Fury’s actions in Original Sin, our hammer swinging God of Thunder has been left without his hammer, being unworthy. This premise is brilliant, as though there is still the question if this lady Thor will be worthy, the change leaves tons of potential.

Following on from his impressive Thor: God of Thunder run, Jason Aaron continues to write the tales of the God of Thunder, giving a great starting point for new readers. Though I was slightly disappointed that this new Thor didn’t appear till right at the end, with her presence being a little too mysterious/coincidental, Aaron does a good job of getting this new era underway. I especially enjoyed the way that he showed Thor’s despair, and with the returning Odin getting involved in discussion it made for very entertaining reading.

A new series and a new lead artist, as Russell Dauterman takes on the artwork on this series. Having a very different style to Thor: God of Thunder artist Esad Ribic, Dauterman gives us something rather unique, with his softer tone being very eye catching. Despite the soft tone, the art doesn’t prove lighthearted, with the exciting action, and depressing emotion of Thor giving a serious tone. Despite this he does give some fun expressions, with Odin’s outrage being depicted in a hilarious way. Matthew Wilson‘s colours also prove a refreshing change, working brilliantly alongside Dauterman’s art, giving a vibrant finish to his work.

Thor #1 is a brand new era for the God of Thunder, or should we now say Goddess of Thunder. The premise of new events, and exciting events of this issue prove very enticing, as though the absence of this new Thor was a little disappointing, her introduction certainly left me excited for the next issue. Highly recommended.

  • + The perfect jumping on point for new readers.
  • + Jason Aaron sets up things brilliantly.
  • + Russell Dauterman's art is a refreshing change.
  • - Wanted more of the new Thor in this.

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