At the Gates of Valhalla
Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: Russell Dauterman
Cover Artist: Russell Dauterman
Variant Cover Artists: Walter Simonson & Laura Martin; Marco Checchetto; Mark Bagley, Andrew Hennessy and Dave McCaig
What You Need to Know: The Mangog has been unleashed upon Asgaurd and has obliterated the Rainbow Bridge, tore through Asgardia and destroyed everything it has touched. From her hospital bed, Jane Foster heard the call of her hammer and made the choice. After a bloody battle, Thor chained her hammer, Mjolnir to Mangog and threw them both into the Sun. The Mangog was destroyed as well as Mjolnir and now, so is Jane.
In This Issue: Odison has brought the lifeless body of Jane Foster to the Moon where the last of the Asgardians are after the battle with Mangog and most are in shock at the revelation that Jane was The Might Thor. The most shocked is The All-Father who goes to the gates of Valhalla where he finds Jane standing there. After a one-sided discussion, All-Father thanks her and tells Jane she is worthy to enter Valhalla. But Jane stands at the Gates feeling that she wasn’t as ready as she thought to die and could possibly have more to give, and she is not the only one. Back on the Moon, The God Tempest; The Mother Storm and Odison are not ready to let Jane go. With the help of the All-Father; Odison, The God Tempest help Jane come back to life.
Days later on what’s left of Old Asgard, Jane and Odison are walking around having one of their talks. Jane realizes that she needs to take a step back and concentrate on getting well and defeating her cancer. She hands Odison a piece of Mjolnir telling him that there must always be a Thor.
With an arch called “The Death of The Mighty Thor” you expect just everyone to die, including the main character. So, when it happens, you are shocked at how it happens but not that it does. So, when they bring Jane back but not Might Thor, you get it especially with Jason Aaron writing it as he has so perfectly done since day one. But the heart of the story is actually the ending with the dialogue between Jane and Odison where she tells him that there must always be a Thor. Though he is unsure if he is worthy, she assures him that now is the time for him to prove himself to everyone and himself. Not to mention it slides into the Marvel movie universe with Thor: Ragnarockabout him having new weapons to crush bad guys with. And as always, the art is simply gorgeous throughout and my favorite page is the last.