The Mighty Thor #5 Writer: Jason Aaron Pencils: Russell Dauterman Colors: Matthew Wilson Letters: Joe Sabino Publisher: Marvel
If you read the previous Mighty Thor issue then you definitely returned for issue #5 and thankfully, it delivered to the highest levels of satisfaction.
The first 4 issues of this story arc was building up as an engaging war between the Light Elves, led by Aelsa, and the Dark Elves, led by Malekith. After an onslaught of spells, trickery, and betrayal, Malekith had ended up on top. Before Jane Foster Thor could react however, news from Asgard had reached her; the All-Father Odin had put the All-Mother Freyja on trial for treason. With no hesitation, Thor immediately left for Asgard and when she arrived, she socked Odin right in the face with Mjolnir. Its old god vs new god, Odin vs Thor.
What Jason Aaron does so effectively that not only do we get a battle between Thor and Odin that is beyond epic but we also get Freyja and those who remain loyal to her in battle against Cul and his battalion. As well as a conclusion to Malekith’s final seduction of Alfheim, home of the Light Elves in quick but effective fashion. All this is being juggled at the same time and the pacing never loses a step is an impressive feat. We also get engaging level dialogue between Thor and Odin as the two do battle and while it’s by no means brief, it doesn’t effect the pacing. I guess what I’m trying to say here is that Aaron knows how to pace a story despite the multiple moving parts within it.
There is turning point that not only kick starts the third act of this issue but it also brilliantly changes the status quo. Speaking of that turning point in the plot, it’s caused by an act of betrayal filled with emotion and anguish that it will cause the reader to pause and reflect on what just happened. It’s a moment that feels both completely out of character but completely within character at the same time. This is Shakespearian level drama and the effect that this is going to have on the entire corner of Marvel’s take on Norse Mythology is incredibly intriguing.
The art team in this series is top notch and in this issue they have reached a level that is beyond perfect. Penciler Russell Dauterman puts immense detail in every panel, the costume designs are extraordinary and the landscaping shots are breathtaking. The idea of having Thor and Odin fight in space is brilliant and it looks glorious. A god vs god battle among the stars, how could anyone not want to see that. Matthew Wilson’s colors here are no downgrade as the gallery of the color palette here is off the charts and absolutely mesmerizing. This is an unfortunately rare comic that you’ll want to take your time to simply admire the artwork as every panel is frame worthy.
The Mighty Thor #5 is a more then satisfying conclusion to one of comics best new female characters in the All New All Different Marvel Universe, it’s epic. Aaron’s writing never loses a step with its pacing despite the multiple moving parts. The Shakespearian drama, engaging dialogue, intriguing premise, and emotionally filled turning point is writing at its best. With the addition of heavy detailed pencils and mesmerizing colors this comic is not only my pick of the week, it’s my pick of 2016 thus far.
Score: 5 out of 5
Review by Eric Bradach