Thor #1 coverThor #1
Jason Aaron (writer), Russell Dautermann (art)
Marvel Comics
October 1, 2014

Thor is no longer worthy, and the fact that his replacement will be a female has been hyped for a few months now. Time to see if this hype pays off.

If you were following Marvel’s recent epic crossover event, Original Sin, you’d know that in a battle on the moon against Nick Fury, Fury had learned some secrets from The Watcher. When he whispered sweet nothings into Thor’s ear, the mighty Asgardian dropped his beloved hammer, Mjolnir, to the moon’s surface and has been unable to lift it since.

Original Sin, You're not worthy!

You’re not worthy!

When Odin returns to find this, he blames his wife Freyja, who has been running things as the All-Mother in Odin’s absence. He accuses her of coddling the boy and all but tells her to return to the kitchen because he’s back to take control. Freyja takes this all in stride, even as the message of a jotunn attack on earth is delivered.

A mother's love.

A mother’s love.

But if Thor and no one else can lift Mjolnir, and even the attack sharks on earth are powerless to stop the frost giants, how can the Asgardians help?

Nooo not the attack sharks!

Nooo, not the attack sharks!

Whether coaxed by his mother’s words of comfort or by his unending need to defend a planet he has come to call “home,” Thor storms off to the rescue, only to find that he is brutally outmatched by this adversary who is seeking a … something that we’re not quite sure of. In fact, this entire issue is carefully shrouded in mystery. From the words whispered by Nick Fury, to this mysterious something, and to the new Thor. Despite the hype built up around her, we don’t actually see her until the end, when already masked, she claims the hammer that all others could not remove from the moon just moments before.

Thor #1, Marvel, 2014, Jason Aaron (w), Russell Dautermann (a)

I have my suspicions on who it might be, based on a few words from Freyja, and am now very excited to find out if my suspicion is true. If so, it means we are not only getting a female Thor, but a more mature one as well, which means I’m already fancasting Helen Mirren for the subsequent movie.

I’ve never been much of an Avengers fan and know very little about the characters beyond what the movies have given me. I hadn’t intended to pick up the new Thor, even with the enticement of the character now being a woman, but after this issue, I am hooked–at least long enough to see if I am right about who she is and how Aaron handles her. I also hope that Dautermann stays on for the long haul (Marvel has been frustrating me lately by switching out artists just a few issues into a new series). Together, Aaron and Dautermann create moments both humourous, annoying, and touching. Dautermann’s art moves smoothly from the All-Father’s arrogant tirade to Freyja’s gentle touch and commanding presence. And his action sequences are full of movement and colour that gets to the point, rather than being opportunities for gratuitous splashy panels.

So who do you think the new Thor is…?