Publisher: Marvel Comics
Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: Russell Dauterman
Release Date: 13th January, 2016
The latest instalment of Jason Aaron and Russel Dauterman’s The Mighty Thor sees the God of Thunder and the God of Mischief finally coming face to face, with predictably explosive results. It provides an interesting examination of the changed dynamic of the relationship between the two, and emphasises the fact that, for someone who has spent a lifetime being used as either a pawn or as bait by Loki, Jane Foster is pretty much the last person who is going to believe any of his lies.
While some of Aaron’s dialogue is a little too self-aware (“an all-new all different Thor needs an all-new all-different Loki” is a bit on the nose by anyone’s standards), the back and forth between the pair crackles satisfyingly, although Loki provides the lion’s share of the talking as you might expect. Unsurprisingly, it doesn’t take long for things to get physical, and with Malekith and the Frost Giants waiting in the wings, the whole exchange has the feeling of a pressure cooker that’s just about to explode.
Russell Dauterman continues to excel on this series, providing yet another finely detailed and utterly dynamic issue. He manages to convey a great deal of emotion and expression on Thor’s face, even in spite of her mask, and is clearly having a blast playing with Loki and his bag of tricks. One Loki-filled, poster-worthy splash page in particular is going to have fans of the God of Mischief squealing with delight. The issue also benefits greatly from Matthew Wilson’s bright but always restrained colours which give the pages a sense of energy without ever becoming too garish.
Overall, while it doesn’t necessarily advance the ongoing storyline very much, at least not until the final few pages, this is still an issue that a lot of fans are going to really enjoy (and I’m including myself in that statement) simply because we’re finally getting to see the latest incarnations of these iconic creations go head-to-head. Aaron and Dauterman just flat out get these characters, and hopefully – assuming it hasn’t happened already – the days of people viewing “female Thor” as a mere novelty or publicity stunt should be all but behind us. You can count me in for the rest of this series, that’s for sure.
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