Written by Jason Aaron
Drawn by Russell Dauterman
Colored by Matthew Wilson
For those of us who feel like most comic book publishers are pretty much just re-hashing stories from the 1980's, I can admit to say that Jason Aaron is breaking away from the pack to tell fun and innovative tales. Many of which will most likely be formed into an omnibus for profit. But hey, they are fun reads and there's nothing wrong with making money.
All that aside, Thor is great with Jane Foster handling the hammer. It's a new feel for the title, plus the whole having Loki back thing is great, too. I was a bit taken aback by how artist Russell Dauterman was drawing Loki in this issue, making him just like Tom Hiddleston. But that's cool because this Loki is just one of many Loki's in this issue. Seems like all the previous versions of Loki are in the head of current Loki. Yeah, so many Loki. But leave it the writer of the book to add this in. I'm starting to wonder just what the fuck modern comic book editors even do anymore.
Loki wants to break the cycle and not fight Thor. Huh, now that you mention it, that is different. I enjoyed the tongue in cheek reference by Loki that he's not "All New & All Different". About time somebody made that joke. Well... other than me. Ahem. So yeah, Loki doesn't wanna fight. But Thor ain't falling for his BS. I mean, come on, the guy is officially the prince of Lies. So why would you believe him. But I mean, "Prince of Lies." Can you really own that title? I'm thinking somewhere Dick Cheney is assembling a legal team to take Loki's pale ass to court over that name. Or not.
Thor knocks Loki's block off, and that's no joke. His head goes flying away into the sky. But then old, female Loki jumps out to take over and she and Thor (or Ther) fight. Loki stabs Thor in the arm but again, Thor just ain't having it today, ya'll. She kicks female Loki's ass, too. But it was a ruse. Loki was just holding Thor in place so Roxxon and Mallekith could make it rain atom bombs to kill Thor, Loki, and the Light Elf's in one attack. So Thor was right not to trust Loki. (Gasp!) You don't say.
But Thor uses the power of her (M.C.) hammer to repel the bombs, thus saving the day. I mean, it is HER book. The book ends with Freya about to be put on trial by the punk ass Odin. From what I've read, dude is clearly off his mess because he's acting like a super asshole. But now that I think of it, he's always been that way when Jason Aaron writes him. Hmm, sounds like someone has daddy issues. But until those get resolved via counseling for Aaron or a timely royalty check, my thumb is up.