Monday, November 14, 2016

Comics Rant: Mighty Thor #12

Mighty Thor #12
Written by Jason Aaron
Drawn by Russell Dauterman & Frazer Irving
Colored by Matthew Wison & Frazer Irving

It's the secret origin of Thor's hammer, Mjolnir. Again, Jason Aaron excels at these off beat tales. I mean, if you need any further proof, just check out his work on Wolverine and the X-Men. It's top notch and worth whatever you have to pay to get it. No, seriously.

So Thor or Ther as the Internet has taken to calling
her, winds up in the Library of Time or some such and learns the secret (not so?) origin of how Mjolnir came to be. It starts off with Ulik, the untouchable, (really, he hates to be picked up, like my cat, Randy) starting a war with the he Dwarfs. Odin naturally has to step in and help the Dwarves out, mostly because he's so damn nosy.

As a thank you for saving their hairy asses from Ulik and his awful name, the Dwarves hook Odin up with some sweet Uru metal. Odin could care less so he just leaves it out. Only ever bringing it out again to open the occasional keg of beer for a party.

Now things get really interesting. Odin and the crew of Asgard get attacked by a cosmic cloud or, as we call it, a case of the Mondays. Odin stands and fights the storm which they don't show on a comic panel but I'm pretty sure would look pretty fucking hilarious! Sounds like something my Grandfather would end up doing. All while not wearing any pants. But back to the story, Odin uses almost all the magic he's got and a letter from his lawyer to trap the storm in the Uru metal.

Not wanting the thing to go to waste, Odin orders the Dwarves to forge it into a weapon. It takes millions of years but they finally forge the metal into the hammer we now know today as Mjolnir. Pretty cool, eh? Yeah, I though so too. We also see a young Thor finding the hammer in his father's trophy room, but Odin, being the colossal dick that he is, wants his son to never touch that damn hammer again, but we all know how that turned out. Ahem. What made this even better than a regular issue of Thor is the addition of artist Frazer Irving to handle some the art chores. This issue was worth it's weight in Uru metal.

-Tash Moore

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