The Mighty Thor #8 Writer: Jason Aaron Artist: Russell Dauterman Colors: Matthew Wilson Letters: Joe Sabino Publisher: Marvel
After an intervening two issue storyline involving Loki telling an old folklore story, writer Jason Aaron brings the attention back to Jane Foster, aka Thor in the start of a brand new story arc, “Lords of Midgard”.
You might be disappointed to find out that the series has deviated away from the engaging Mcaliketh/War of the Realms conflict in favor of exploring the sickly Jane Foster Earth life. However that shouldn’t distract from what is an effectively written comic that strongly sets up a new and intriguing story arc.
So what’s the scoop, Dario Agger and his other Marvel billionaire super-villains are conducting a meeting over corporate espionage and turf wars. Jason Aaron excels at dialogue and it’s no exception here. He establishes the set up of these charismatic villains relationships quickly and transitions into building tensions between Agger and the other one percenters of the one percenters. What unravels at this affair strongly implicates Jane Foster’s next challenge as the God of Thunder.
Another scene that exhibits Aaron’s talent for dialogue, is when Jane receives some unwanted attention. Two S.H.I.E.L.D. agents approach her and pull her in to question her knowledge of the identity of the new Thor, considering her close relationship to Odin Son. What’s executed here is a humorous scene of quips and banters. The way these two S.H.I.E.L.D. agents work off one another in their attempts to intimidate and threaten Jane is beyond entertaining. It’s also great to see Jane easily dismiss their bullying efforts and simply laugh it off, it’s made all the more pleasing to see the agents reaction and confusion. It’s obvious that Aaron loves this character and it hows in his writing for her which will pull in your investment.
At first glance, one may overlook this issue as nothing more than filler. However they’d be mistaken as there’s a lot of critical plot movement as well as displays of Jane’s development and growth of confidence. There are also quite a few well placed cameos in this well paced script who will undoubtedly play major factors in the future.
As much as Jason Aaron has been killing it on writing the Asgardian God/Goddess of Thunder since 2012, Russell Dauterman’s work on this series mustn’t be overlooked. Dauterman has already created one of the most visually stunning comics today, and shows no signs of struggling from shifting from the high fantasy of Alfheim back to the mundane of Midgard. The interrogation room is set in close quarters creating an uncomfortable feeling for Jane, while the meeting spot of the corporate villains has a grand sense of atmosphere. Dauterman’s line work also shine when portraying our ailing protagonist and captures the dilemma she’s in just through a single visual. Colors by Matthew Wilson shouldn’t be ignored either as there are some mesmerizing palettes here. In particular the opening pages as we see the fantastical elements of the Thor mythos on display. Such as the rainbow bridge which Jane uses to travel back and forth from Asgard and Midgard.
Sometimes the most satisfying stories are the ones you don’t see coming. I went into The Mighty Thor #8 expecting more of the high fantasy, War of the Realms confrontation that was executed so brilliantly in the first story arc of this series. Instead, the creative team has decided to have Jane Foster check in and focus on her troubles on the mundane world of Earth. This new story arc is off to a strong start thanks to a great balance of set up and character moments. It also ups the quality of this comic that the art team delivers some glorious visuals and supply the fantastical elements in small doses. Allowing them to really stand out and pop off the panels.
Score: 4.5 out of 5
Review by Eric Bradach
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