THE MIGHTY THOR #705 by Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman, and Matthew Wilson
THE MIGHTY THOR #705 perfectly captures the strength of its creative team and its lead character. With Jane Foster close to death, she lifts her hammer one last time to take the battle to Mangog. With a plot and character arc befitting this goddess, this is an issue you need to pick up.
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Jason Aaron has become the king of THOR comics. His runs on the series, from “Gorr the God Butcher” to the present day “Goddess of Thunder,” have put our favorite Norse gods through their paces. His stories have all centered on the question of worthiness. He’s forced both Thors to reexamine their place among their people. However, where one Thor fell, another rose up. There has been no question as to whether or not Jane Foster’s Thor is worthy. In fact, her story arc has proven time and time again how important her character is to modern Marvel. However, Jane Foster is dying. After a trying bout with cancer, Jane has lifted the hammer again and taken the fight to the monstrous Mangog in THE MIGHTY THOR #705.

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Dr. Strange and Odinson gave Jane an ultimatum. If she ever picked up the hammer again, her cancer would kill her. Despite this, Jane rushes to Asgardia, which hurtles toward the Sun. Knowing this to be her final fight, the Mighty Thor holds nothing back against the Mangog. The battle echoes throughout Asgardia as Jane attempts to buy the Norse gods time to flee. Joined in battle by Odinson, the pair even manages to throw the beast into the sun. But nothing can stop the Mangog. Can the two Thors, through might and mind, eventually defeat the raging berserker?

Against the Mangog

THE MIGHTY THOR #705, Page 3. Courtesy of Marvel Comics

I think it would be fair to say that THE MIGHTY THOR #705 is Jason Aaron’s magnum opus. While his entire run on the series has become nothing short of iconic, few other stories match the quality or strength of this issue. One would think, with the entire issue consumed by a single battle, that the story would suffer from too fast a pace. After all, that is the real danger of a story like this. However, Aaron manages to balance the intense battle with even stronger character sections. While Jane and Odinson battle, the other gods are rushing away on space boats, giving the reader a chance to breathe.

More importantly, the fight scenes aren’t just a knock down, drag out fight. They are in some ways, but in others, they work to showcase the strength of Jane Foster’s Thor. Aaron ramps up the emotional drama of this story by constantly reminding readers why she works so well in the role. From page one, Thor isn’t simply trading blows with her foe. Instead, she uses a tactician’s mind to plan for every possibility. It really is something to read through this issue, knowing full well it could be Jane Foster’s last. Aaron infuses every punch and every dialogue with a sense of weight. He gives readers a reason to care about this character’s potential demise, and in turn, these final moments come with a sense of reverence.

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In Memory of Lady Jane, the Goddess of Thunder

THE MIGHTY THOR #705, Page 4. Courtesy of Marvel Comics.

That sense of reverence carries over perfectly into the characterization. While I think Aaron could have a done a small bit more with Jane’s motivations and her drive to fight, his look into her character felt almost like worship. The flashback to the original moment in which Jane lifts the hammer shows her devotion and determination to protect Midgard. Throughout, Aaron reminds us that Jane’s goal surrounds the worthiness of the gods. They haven’t been there for their people for a very long time, but she doesn’t wish to punish them for that. She wants to prove that her path of being a personal goddess for the people is the right move.

As for the rest of the cast, they really only get brief cameos in THE MIGHTY THOR #705. I never felt, though, that they got the short end of the stick. Each had their brief moments to showcase their personalities. Odin continued his new characterization as a complete tool, continually calling Jane a “hammer stealer.” Aaron really drives home that readers are not supposed to like this All-Father. All-Mother Freyja, on the other hand, had some brilliant moments where she got to stand up to her husband. It is Odinson, though, that has the best moments outside of Jane. His compassion and worry over Jane’s sense of well-being shows that perhaps this god has started to look past his obsession with Mjolnir. His character has grown considerably since he lost the hammer.

The Color of Lightning

THE MIGHTY THOR #705, Page 5. Courtesy of Marvel Comics

Much like Jason Aaron, Russel Dauterman and Matthew Wilson have become synonymous with the THOR comics. Their work over the last several months has given the story a mystical, fantastical air like very few before. Dauterman’s pencils in THE MIGHTY THOR #705 display some of his best work. The dichotomy between Jane Foster and her version of Thor is intensely striking. Jane, her face little more than a skull, really shows the pain and sickness that she has endured. Meanwhile, her Thor is brilliant and strong amidst the battlefield. And let me just say that Dauterman’s battle sequence throughout this entire issue is stunning. The anatomy is spot-on, and the many effects work to perfection.

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To anyone who has read my previous reviews for this series, you know how much I love Matthew Wilson’s colors. While other issues have only briefly included the Asgardia setting, THE MIGHTY THOR #705 uses this fantasy realm throughout. The color work here is magnificent. The colors are so vibrant and heavily saturated that it makes every page an utter beauty to behold.

Final Thoughts: THE MIGHTY THOR #705

As I said when I opened this review, THE MIGHTY THOR #705 may be Jason Aaron, Russel Dauterman, and Matthew Wilson’s magnum opus. With Jane Foster’s death coming ever closer, this issue on its own manages to pay honor to the woman wielding the hammer. In plot and in characterization, Aaron shows readers why she deserves our respect. Placed against the Mangog, her determination and her intelligence are placed at the fore. For an issue released during Women’s History Month, there can be no better hero to lead the charge. Seriously, you need to buy this issue.

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