All-Mother Knows Best. (Thor Comic Review #11)
The Eve of War
Writer: Jason Aaron
Art: Lee Garbett
Cover Art: Mike Del Mundo
What You Need to Know: Jane Foster, in her last act as The Mighty Thor, threw the Magnog and the Hammer Mjolnir into the Sun. While Odinson is now once again Thor, he is without his still unworthy of lifting his hammer. While trying to get himself worthy again, Thor is busy trying to get ready for Malekith’s War of the Realms which is getting ever closer. With the Rainbow Bridge and Asgardia in ruins and Odin All-Father sulking in his old Kingdom, Thor is feeling alone in his quest, despite so many allies ready to fight for him, including his Mother, Lady Freyja.
In This Issue: Since losing his Hammer Mjoinir to the Sun itself, Thor has clearly been off. Every day he goes flying as far as he can into the Sun with whatever hammer he is using at the time. That is at least until the hammer melts and the Sun begins to burn him. But it’s All-Mother Freyja, his Mother that calls him from his journey this time. Turns out, there’s something important he needs to know about, other than the BAD-ASS hammer mom is carrying with her! Turns out, Thor’s daily trips into the Sun are causing crazy weather chaos down on Midgard/Earth. Hoping he will realize he is stronger than he believes, Freyja lets Thor clean his mess and say goodbye to his old friend. Meanwhile, there is a lot happening all over the Realms! Jane Foster gets news about her health, Loki gets some unexpected visitors in his room at his father’s Ice Palace and Malekith is ready to send his Armies to Midgard!
In the far future, All-Father Thor is resting after his long battle with Doctor Doom thanks to the power of the Phoenix Force. But as his Granddaughters watch over him, he begins mumbling about a “War of the Realms” coming for them. . . and not the one from his past!
Even with the light-hearted moments in the issues, the weight of the upcoming war approaching has made things rough for everyone. This is a sweet yet simple calm before the storm. Told mostly from the perspective of Thor’s mother, Freyja, this issue zeroes in on what she thinks makes him special. It’s a unique point of view, and just what you would expect from the mother of a God. Unlike Odinson’s father, she actually has a good relationship with her son and has sought to build him up throughout his life, rather than tear him down. On the tail of the previous harrowing issue that explored the terrible, antagonistic relationship between Thor and his father Odin, this chapter serves as an excellent palette cleanser and a sweet love letter from a mother to her son. Not to mention that the side stories Aaron writes might seem like side stories at the time, but you find that they are WAY more than that. The artwork by guest artist Lee Garbett is beautiful and refreshing from Del Mundo’s but it lacks any emotion in the character’s faces. Especially considering how intimate and emotionally charged this issue is.