A comiXologist Recommends: Kate Kasenow recommends Thor #1
I will be the first to admit that Thor has never been one of my faves. That isn’t to say I didn’t like him, just that he’d never done anything to show up on my radar. Then came Thor: The Mighty Avenger, from Roger Langridge and Chris Samnee (chrissamnee), and I was intrigued. Shortly after, the Thor movie debuted, with all its wit and charm. The final straw however, was the release of Thor: God of Thunder, written by Jason Aaron with lead artist Esad Ribic. This series literally combined the past, present, and future of Thor to expose not only a powerfully endearing god, but also the struggle of a hero to be worthy. It’s a truly compelling series that you should definitely read and it’s the series that’s lead me here today…to tell you about the old Thor and the new.
Written once more by the incredible Jason Aaron and illustrated by the shining talents of Russell Dauterman (russelldauterman) and colored by the continuously brilliant Matt Wilson, Thor #1 starts out not at the beginning but at the end of the Odinson’s tale. Having been mysteriously deemed unworthy by his enchanted hammer, he is distraught and rushes headlong into a situation he probably shouldn’t. Old enemies are stirring and war is afoot in Midgard and the Thor we knew has lost his way. But, as the unknown figure in the last pages of the comic says, “There must always be a Thor.”
So at last we come to it. Our new Thor may still be a mystery, but it’s obvious that she’s ready to take over for the Odinson while he rediscovers what it means to be worthy.
There’s been much controversy surrounding the shift from the male Odinson to a female Thor, but what really matters is knowing will always be at least one deity ready to hit frost giants in the face with a hammer at the drop of a prayer.
Kate Kasenow is a comics artist from Indiana currently living in Manhattan. She works at ComiXology as a Lead Digital Editor and spends most of her spare time re-reading J. R. R. Tolkien.
tumblr was being weird when i posted this before, so here it is again!
So I have this first issue currently, while i don’t see it being a bad story nor am i displeased by this series, it seems like it will be a decent read. I just have a small beef with the idea that that this person is going to be “Thor” and not just have the powers of Thor. The charater’s name is Thor Odinson and he was Thor long before he was worthy of the hammer. Even in the issue they make sure you can read the inscription on the hammer “Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor”. “Of Thor” not “be Thor”. It just bothers me that we had an entire series dealing with a younger Thor when we was still trying to lift and use the hammer, but that doesn’t seem to be playing a factor in all of this.
Beyond my little soapbox, i’ll continue to read and see what they do with this series and how it plays out.