Jason Aaron and Chris Sprouse continue the story of the Battleworld police force in Thors #2.  The Thor Corps is shaken, as they mourn the loss of one of their own, but none take the loss so hard as the Ultimate Thor.  The Corps knows that there are only so many beings on Battleworld that can actually kill a Thor, so the go after all the usual suspects in their quest to track down the killer, while still investigating the string of murders from issue #1.  Along the way, they find yet another body left out in a similar fashion, but there’s definitely something different about this one.

Aaron continues to weave a fantastic detective story in this series.  The tension builds as we get further into the issue and it never seems heavy-handed or over the top.  The story itself is very reminiscent of watching a cop drama on TV, except, in this case, the officers can control lightning and thunder.  He also injects little bits of humor into the narrative here and there, and they work perfectly to lighten some of the more dramatic moments.  And I would be doing the book a disservice if I didn’t mention the wise-cracking medical examiner, Throg, Frog of Thunder, who is slowly becoming one of my favorite characters in the series.

Sprouse’s artwork is also on point here.  The scenes are dark and gritty, as the Thors visit some of the less pleasant areas of Battleworld, and the artist makes that visible.  I particularly enjoyed the encounter that Ultimate Thor has with another version of himself (no spoilers here).  The tension between the two is apparent in their body language and their disdain for one another is plainly visible in both the art and the text.  Good stuff.

I’m truly enjoying this series.  Jason Aaron won me over in his runs on Wolverine and Thor, and so far in Secret Wars he’s kept up the good work.

The Verdict for Thors #2:
5/5 – Must Have Moar!!!

Until next time,
Stay nerdy, my friends.

Upcoming reviews:
March of the Crabs, Volume 1: The Crabby Condition
Squarriors #3
X-Men ’92 #2 (Secret Wars Tie-In)


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