A few months ago, the comic book world ignited! Marvel announced that the new Thor would sport an extra X chromosome in addition to those fantastic golden locks. In reaction to having a woman join the ranks of Donald Blake and a Horse-faced alien, certain “die-hard” comic fans proceeded to embarrass the industry with some knee-jerk sexist remarks that, sadly, rank among the least offensive things to happen to women on the internet, all because of THOR #1.

In all fairness, a huge challenge awaits in adding a female perspective to such a masculine symbol as Thor. One needs to look no farther than the God awful David E. Kelly Wonder Woman TV pilot to see how an overcompensating violent nature impressed upon a female hero can utterly destroy everything that hero stands for. Luckily for us, Jason Aaron better grasps what he’s doing, having proved his worth with the acclaimed God of Thunder series.

Now, we can stop all speculating: She’s finally here! The Goddess of Thunder in THOR #1! The woman who will wield the hammer and deliver a new style smackdown on all the nine realms and, wait…

Sadly, she’s not really in this comic at all. In fact, she only appears in a few ending panels. While wonderfully drawn, they don’t add much more that what we’ve already seen from the promos. Instead, the story focuses on the aftermath of God of Thunder. It focuses on the devastating words Nick Fury whispered to Thor that left him unable to lift his mighty hammer.

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THOR #1: The Good, The Bad, The Awesome

It’s in these moments that Aaron mercilessly drags Thor through his lowest point, and takes the readers who love him along for the painful ride. For anyone those hoping for a triumphant turnaround for the heroes of Asgard, this comic beats those hopes to the ground.

That’s not to say THOR #1 has no fun at all. A deep sea brawl between killer sharks and Frost Giants breaks up the sad monotony. It’s enough for Russell Dauterman to flex his artistic muscles. His versions of the Asgardians express themselves well. They express themselves particularly well in the arguments between current ruler Freyja and the returned exile King Odin. When these two argue, they move with such might and grandeur that the panel seems to depict an entirely different type of battle. Dauterman has some pretty big shoes to fill in the wake of Esad Ribic‘s artwork, but his efforts suggest he’s up to the challenge.

Similarities to MCU Thor

Those only familiar with the MCU incarnations of Thor ala Thor and Thor: The Dark World will find themselves in familiar territory. Both main villains (the dark elf Malekith and the aforementioned Frost Giants) face off with the weakened hero. The frost giants play the role of powerful henchmen, while Malekith shows up to point out the maguffin and treat Thor to one of the swiftest defeats of the main hero in recent memory. When Malekith lays down his punishment it is “hands down” the most brutal moment of the comic.

cover of female Thor issue 1 2014
cover of Thor issue #1, 2014

THOR #1: The Bottom Line

In conclusion, THOR #1 doesn’t have the fast-paced opening many probably hoped for. However, that shows how Aaron will not allow his story altered by high expectations. This Thor isn’t up for hitting it hard quite yet. It’s more focused on swinging for something larger down the road.

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