Monday, May 25, 2015

Olivia's Pick of the Week: Thor #8

Thor #8
written by Jason Aaron
art by Russell Dauterman

This week I’ve chosen Thor #8 as my choice for best read or Pick of the Week. I wasn’t impressed with the books we had this week, but with Thor the story was interesting at least because of the reveal of who is the new Thor. Finally we know, and it happens to be one of the names on the list that Odinson made when he was trying to ascertain the identity. I liked the reveal on the last page. It shows this Thor goes through a big transformation before we get to what we see with her in the helmet and cape.

So this issue begins with Thor still battling the Destroyer. The Destroyer is being controlled by Odin’s brother, Cul. Bursting onto the scene is Odinson and a large group of some kick-@ss female fighters to help Thor fight. There’s the All-Mother, Scarlet Witch, Black Widow, Karnilla, Brunnhilde, Ms. Marvel, and a lot others. It’s Freyja the All-Mother who really puts a stop to the Destroyer, not so much through physical feats, but because of Odin. Freya is being strangled by the Destroyer and she knows that Odin is watching this happen. She basically tells Odin to knock off his nonsense. Odin really needs Freyja. Without her, he’s too proud, arrogant, and crazy. She helps to bring reason to him.

After the battle, Odinson comes to the final conclusion that Thor is none other than Agent Roz but she steps onto the scene conveniently at that time dispelling the illusion that she is the new Thor. That was one of my favorite scenes in the issue because Odinson had the funniest dumbstruck look on his face that held over for quite a few panels.

Elsewhere, King Laufey of the Frost Giants is being resurrected which will be sure to bring trouble for Thor later on. Thor retreats back to her home where she can rest from all of the excitement of the day and we finally get the reveal that Thor is Dr. Jane Foster. I was surprised. Thor had already tried to confirm if she was Thor before but from seeing the condition she’s been in, I thought and he must have thought that is was impossible. She had been taking chemotherapy treatments for cancer, lost her hair, and seemed pretty bed-ridden. What’s interesting is the fact that Jane states that becoming Thor is actually slowly killing her. That’s got to be tough. I wouldn’t have thought that it had such an effect on her. It’s not like Odinson was dying whenever he was Thor.

I like the art by Russell Dauterman. I like his use of panel borders that keep up the flow of the action scenes. I think the placement of the sound effects have gotten much better compared to previous issues and so has the use of the electrical energy/power lines. I felt they were too all over the place in the early issues. This was a pretty good issue all around.

-O. Pelaez

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