Writer: Jason Aaron
Art Team: Mike Del Mundo, Marco D’Alfonso, VC’s Joe Sabino
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 13, 2019
Jason Aaron has been at the top of his game writing the Thor comics for a long time so it felt like a no brainer, that when this title relaunched with Fresh Start, the Thor book would be one of Marvel’s best titles once again. At least in my eyes that hasn’t exactly been the case so far, with very little overall progress or momentum in the narrative taking place that’s built excitement towards War of the Realms, the Marvel line-wide event quickly approaching. Sometimes though it only takes one issue to change the course of a series, one chance to hit an over the plate home-run (shout out Eric Shea). Do we find that in the pages of Thor #10 this week? Let’s find out.
The issue begins, carries throughout, and ends narrated by Odin, now while usually too much narration in a title can throw me and others off, Jason Aaron plays it beautifully here. The thoughts of Odin in contrast with the actual words, and art in the panels, really catch the attention of the reader. It just makes it very easy to keep track of what’s going on in both areas of the comic while the wordplay in this Thor title, pardon the pun, is magical.
I think I’m already giving away that this Thor issue really caught me off guard, surprising me. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire issue yet at the same time not a whole lot takes place. A little setup occurs of something we’ve already seen, then a giant battle, and finally some setup of what’s to come. It starts with a quick flashback between Odin and Cul, the meat and cheese of what occurs is between All-Father and Thor, while it’s all inter-cut to break that tension with some scenes filling us in on the important players in the upcoming War of the Realms.
I’m trying to dance around this issue a bit because I think it’s one of the better Marvel comics put out in a while, and I think everyone should sit down for twenty minutes and read it, without being spoiled because it makes it that much more powerful. Long story short it’s a classic father and son tale Jason Aaron seems to get, then run with, making the reader really sit back and reflect on the trip they’ve taken.
Even Del Mundo’s art this issue compliments the series in a way I feel like it seldom has in previous issues. Some of the wackiness is toned down a bit in certain pages and scenes, bringing some clarity and emotion to things, that otherwise is tough to pick up on because of the crazy colors, shapes, and backgrounds, which can blend together at points. In summary, the art adds to the story finally after all these issues instead of holding it back in some ways.
Overall, Thor puts out a great emotional, and simultaneously action-packed issue, that feels more like what we were previously getting from this series and seemed to be missing a bit lately. The art even comes through in a big way. If this isn’t a title you read regularly, I think its one you should then read.