In Review: Thor #7

Everything you could want in a Thor book and more. This is something special.

The covers: The Main cover is by the interior artist and colorist, Russell Dauterman and Matthew Wilson, respectively. It shows the immensity of the Destroyer before Thor as it opens its face to level a blast at the God of Thunder. The somber look on her face seems to show that she’s ready for this assault, but this Thor has never encountered this godly weapon before. Excellent image and terrific use of colors, with the Destroyer being so darkly colored, Thor resonant in yellow energy, and the logo in a strong orange. Well done in every way. The Ryan Browne Variant cover features Mount Rushmore with Abraham Lincoln’s head exploding to reveal a glowing Howard the Duck. Tourists scramble in horror below. This is yet another Marvel Variant that has no reason for existing. Howard and Thor would be better than this random illustration. The art is okay, but I’m against this inclusion. The other Variant is by Pasqual Ferry and Sotocolor. This is a much better frontpiece, as Thor is on it as are several Avengers doing battle with the Squadron Supreme, foreshadowing the events of the original Avengers #70. This “Avengers Variant” cover is really well done with great layout, finishes, and colors. Worthy to chase down. Overall grades: Main A, Howard Variant F, and Avengers Variant A+

The story: Sensational opening by writer Jason Aaron with an action packed escape from a Roxxon illegal waste dumping facility by Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Roz Solomon. As she’s avoiding capture, she’s speaking with Agent Coulson who wants to know if she’s aware of a break-in at a Roxxon facility. She’s the one who’s done so and he chides her for not taking a real vacation. She flippantly says she could call Thor and go out for drinks which causes him to say, “Thor? Oh, Roz. I thought you knew.” She learns what’s happened and speeds to the moon. She sees Mjolnir on its surface and stares at the weapon. This wonderful scene will have readers wondering if she’s the new title character of this book. However, all guessing is put aside as Thor is currently battling the Destroyer. The weapon is under the control of Cul Borson, from the orders of Odin, to have the hammer taken from this “imposter” so that it can be given back to the Odinson. Things do not go as Thor would want, but things soon begin to turn. As this battle is occurring, the Odinson and Frigga meet for a secret purpose and Malekith educates Dario Agger and go on a quest. Lots of action and a stunning “WOW” of a cliffhanger make this a page turner. Overall grade: A+

The art: Stunningly beautiful artwork on every page from Russell Dauterman. The opening four pages are full of action that would be the envy of any incarnation of James Bond, ending on a gorgeously silent tease far above the Earth. The transition to Thor versus the Destroyer is startling and goes on to show the massive power that both individuals wield. Seeing these two titans battle truly looks like gods battling. The two pages on Asgardia are beautiful for their settings and terrifying for what both males are trying to do. Odin has never looked more terrifying on Page 11–and he’s not saying a word. His silence is overwhelming! Page 14 is a wonderfully imaginative page used to school Agger, which turns into a full page splash of both villains on the rampage. I was already completely taken by this book’s imagery, but then the final page shows a stunning visual that will keep anyone on the edge of their seat for thirty days. Spectacular visuals that are worthy of the gods! Overall grade: A+

The colors: Equally beautiful work is done on the colors by Matthew Wilson. The sickly greens on Pages 2 -4 are spectacularly icky, with the red and pinks on the top of 3 and 4 unbelievably grotesque. Love that Agent S0lomon’s car is red, allowing Wilson to make gunshots ricochet off it in sweet, strong yellows. The coloring on the cover’s battle is mighty in oranges and burnt violet. Emerging from both characters are bolts and streaks of white lighting to emphasize the power in play. The scene stealer of the book is the arrival of characters from the Rainbow Bridge; Pages 12 and 20 are poster, print, and tee shirt worthy. Pages 14 and 15 are also of merit for notice for the spectacular colors used that scream fantasy. Just beautiful work. Overall grade: A+ 

The letters: Scene setting, dialogue, radio transmissions, editorial notes, screams, Asgardian speak, and map locations are done by VC’s Joe Sabino. I haven’t been thrilled with the fancy font for Asgardian denizens, but have to admit that it’s growing on me. It’s an excellent visual way to tell readers who’s speaking. Overall grade: A+

The final line: Everything you could want in a Thor book and more. This is something special. Overall grade: A+

Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer's Guide for several years with "It's Bound to Happen!" and he's reviewed comics for TrekWeb and TrekCore. He's taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for five years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.
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