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Jane Foster wields Mjolnir again as The Mighty Thor in this post-Secret Wars series.  Following the revelation earlier this year that Dr. Foster was the mystery woman worthy of the magic hammer, Jason Aaron continues with that story thread almost as though Secret Wars never happened.  The issue starts as Jane sits in a cancer treatment ward receiving chemotherapy.  Doctors are having a tough time figuring out why the treatment isn’t working, but Jane knows that every time she carries the hammer, its magical powers burn the poison out of her body.  Unfortunately, she doesn’t really have time to let this treatment sink in either, as a large group of murdered elf bodies appears in space near an earth satellite and she takes it upon herself to investigate.

As mentioned before, Aaron picks the story up just about where it left off several months ago, and he doesn’t seem to miss a beat.  Jane’s cancer should make for a very interesting plot point as this story moves forward because she is at her peak physical condition when she becomes Thor, but the transformation also nullifies any positive effects the chemo has and allows the cancer to spread once she returns to her mortal form.  The writing here is great.  Jason Aaron proves that he has a knack for writing stories with big fantasy elements like this, and his dialogue for the characters is really well written.  Of all the new #1’s I’ve read so far, I think I’m most excited about where this series will go.

Russell Dauterman’s artwork is solid.  Asgard is shown with some really beautiful backgrounds, but he also shows that he can work on a smaller, more personal scale as well by getting the little details and facial features of the characters correct.  Jane’s mortal form is sickly looking and skinny but with her own sense of strength and power.  However, once she transforms into Thor, she takes on this beautiful and strong Nordic ideal image.  Both forms have power, it’s just displayed in two different ways.

I think it’s safe to say that I REALLY enjoyed this book.  It’s easily one of the best releases from All-New, All-Different Marvel, and I am eagerly anticipating the next few issues.  Jane is an interesting character, and her condition only makes her more dynamic.  Given some of the mystical forces she’s going to have to go up against, this series should be something spectacular.

The Verdict for The Mighty Thor #1:
5 out of 5

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The murderer is revealed.  The motive is revealed.  Battleworld will never be the same.  Jason Aaron’s brilliant tie-in mini-series comes to a close with this week’s Thors #4, and while it may not have been so neatly tied up as some of the other tie-ins, it certainly has one thing going for it in that it is perhaps more closely related to the main event series than any of the others.  Aaron writes these characters perfectly, and in the end he even gives us a little glimpse into what could perhaps be the conclusion to the main Secret Wars event.  Considering something similar happened at the end of Weirdworld, I would be willing to bet it’s probably pretty close to the actual ending, it’s just a matter of getting there at this point.  Sprouse’s artwork seems to have worked better in the darker, grittier settings of the first issues.  This one has a lot of wide open spaces and bright lighting, which don’t seem to suit his style particularly well.  Overall, definitely a fun read and perhaps the most relevant tie-in to the main event.

The Verdict for Thors #4:
4 out of 5

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A suspect has finally been brought in to be questioned in the murder of one of the Thors, but does Loki know more than he lets on?  The Ultimate Thor seems to think so, and he has vowed to let nothing stop him in his quest to catch his partner’s killer.  He doesn’t realize just how dangerous the road ahead could be.

Jason Aaron continues this fantastic detective story, that just keeps getting better and better.  It fits the genre so well, without sinking too far into the realm of cliche.  Loki’s crazy street informant character is perfect for the story, and serves to add a little bit of depth without slowing the pace one bit.  Also, the predicament that Ultimate Thor finds himself in at the end of this issue has me just about foaming at the mouth to find out what happens in issue #4.

Sprouse’s artwork is also something to be praised.  This book takes us to some of the dark and seedy corners of Battleworld and you genuinely feel that in the art.  This book is the dark alley that you wouldn’t want to walk down alone at night, but you have to because you just can’t help yourself, and you really want to find out what’s at the other end.  I mean that in the most positive way that I possibly can.

This is easily one of my favorite mini-series in the entire Secret Wars event, and I sincerely hope that the quality art and storytelling continue right on through the final issues.  Aaron writes Thor stories brilliantly, and I can’t wait to see how this one ends.

The Verdict for Thors #3:
5/5 – Must Have Moar!!!

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Upcoming reviews:
Hail Hydra #2 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
The Wicked + The Divine, Volume 1: The Faust Act

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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!!!

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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)