The un-manteling of Thor ruffled many a comic fans feathers. Trolls rose from the depths to caste aspersion upon the new Thor, mainly due to chromosomal pairings, and lament the fall of one of the original Avengers. The trolls may have gone back into hiding, but we have a hammerless Asgardian still out there after the events of Battleworld and there might be hope for the "Unworthy Thor" to get his groove back.
The comic starts in the midst of battle. Odinson is trying unsuccessfully to get to a Mjölnir like hammer embedded in the rock on some alien world. It's brutal and bloody business as you can see from the panel above. He seems to be stuck in some kind of endless cycle of striving for the hammer and never being able to reach it. It takes lightning like weapons, ironically, to bring Odinson to unconsciousness, when we get a flash back to how he ended up there.
The answer is found on Earth's moon, because of course it is. Odinson was smashing some trolls with his goat ThoothGnasher (as one does), when a mysterious figure, who in no way is Uwatu the Watcher, calling himself the "Unseen" even though Odinson can plainly see him. He can see everything just like that other guy that died and had the eyeball problem, though I'm sure they are totally unrelated. The guy who is not Thor but wants to be, needs some proof.
The very visible "Unseen" guy tells the not Thor that there is another hammer out there that is a remnant from a dead universe. This sends Odinson into positive tizzy, and he races off to Asgard where he thinks the other hammer lies. Instead he finds Asgard missing. Befuddled, Odinson finds an old alley there instead, Beta Ray Bill. Thorse knows where Asgard went and has offered to help Odinson. He even offers him a gift.
So here is the thing, this is one of those reviews that I have mixed feelings about. The comic starts off very strong: Brutal and bloody, then it takes an almost comical turn where Odinson (whom I realize has mixed up memories from the shake up of the 616) just seems to go in the direction of where ever he's pointed. Moon, check (he was almost out of mead). Asgarad, check (might be a hammer there). He will undoubtedly follow Beta Ray Bill who somehow knows where Asgard is during the Realm Wars. It reads kinda like a poorly scripted video game. Go here, meet mysterious figure who starts a quest in search of the McGuffin, find the McGuffin isn't where you thought it would be, pick up a follower.... I'm ready for the story to start already.
Maybe my problem with the story is that this is Jason Aaron's fiftieth Thor comic. That's allot time to spend on a character at Marvel if your name isn't Bendis. It's not that the dialog was bad nor is the overall narrative... it's just the path Aaron takes the reader. It had me a little fatigued by the end of the comic; especially after the amazing start.
On the plus side, Oliver Coipel's art is amazing. Beautifully detailed with the right amount of brutality and exposed chest hair. This help tip the scale of the comic for me into recommended territory.
So, if you miss the old Thor and wishes he'd get his mystical smashy stick back, this could be a good series for you. Even if you like new Thor, you may like to see another doing his own thing. I, am actually interested to see where Odinson's story will go... once it really gets started.
Rating: 8/10 Mike Tyson Ear Bites