Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: Mike Del Mundo, VC’s Joe Sabino
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 10, 2019
Thor is back to the books main events this month as the title prepares to enter the long setup War of the Realms. While I’ve been a long time fan of Jason Aaron’s Thor run having read everything so far, it feels like there is just a little something missing in the Fresh Start relaunch. I think are a large reason for this are the many one-shots, and backups spotlights, this series has dedicated time to instead of directly tackling this War of the Realms in a more direct way for readers. So let’s see if this issue gets the title some of its Thor magic back.
Events start here by building some tension with a conversation between Dario Agger and Roz Solomon that is a bit long winded but still decent before sending events back days prior. From there we see Roz getting selected to be apart of the new Agents of Wakanda, the Avengers support system, which explains her gear and confrontation at the books start nicely.
After the blast to the recent past, Roz is assigned a mission, which is to gather some intel on a Dark Elf sleeper cell, currently housed in New York City … NEW YORK CITY (never forget the old El Paso commercials people)! When a Frost Giant shows up on the scene Roz decides to act, leading to most of the rest of the issue becoming a fuzzy battle scene, inter-cut with a conversation involving Jane Foster, as Roz does her best impression of a B.A., despite doubting herself and acting on instinct and emotion alone. If the art was better quality here this would all work much much better, but as it is, it comes off across as scrambled TV in comic form.
The end of the issue in ways is where this all turns into a bit more of a letdown. Thor is basically reduced to only a cameo appearance in his own title, the whole Dario Agger angle dries up rather uneventfully after some interesting exchanges, and for the length of this title, the art is just hard to stomach. Its fuzzy, sketchy, unclear, and at points hurts my eyes, much like Batman #62 this week as well. I understand its a stylized way of doing things, even used at points to possibly aid in the storytelling, but I get no enjoyment out of any of this in comic books. It all feels more geared towards advertising, and singular static images, not for telling long-form stories.
Overall, Thor is still a series I find enjoyment in, but much less so lately as it feels like it’s just been stalling until this ‘war’ finally arrives. The art really hurts the story progression and at points even makes what’s going on completely incomprehensible. The lack of Thor in his namesake title brings things down a touch as well but Roz’s journey this issue is still some fun.