It’s more of the same from Marvel’s Generations this week, this time featuring the current Jane Foster Thor and a very young Original Recipe Thor. All these books have followed a similar pattern, making them very predictable, and in many ways boring. (Except The Wolverines, that one as awesome, even if it mostly held true to the pattern.)
Oh, and time for you to jump off here if you are worried about spoilers for Generations: The Thunder. Aka the one with all the Thors.
As per usual, Jane Foster appears in a flash of light in what she deems to be the past. Quickly meets up with the Odinson and the two have some heart to hearts while fighting Apocalypse. When they finally prevail, Jane admits to learning a lesson from young Thor and she is immediately whisked away in a flash of blue light back to…Secret Empire? We don’t know. Maybe Dr. Manhattan has gotten his claws into more than just the DC Universe.
To it’s credit(?), this issue is a little different from the others in that it doesn’t end with the disappearance of the co-star. It adds on a couple of frivolous pages (my opinion anyway) that have nothing to do with Thor and are essentially an advertisement for Marvel Legacy #1. So, I guess that is something. If anything, it does the opposite of The Wolverines which seemed to reveal in the fact that Vanishing Point was not the actual past of the Marvel Universe. As in this case we see Odin and Phoenix discussing their involvement in the soon to debut (and likely quickly forgotten) Avengers of 1.000.000 BC.
I did have an issue with the branding of this book. Now, a lot of this is just “Jimmy being Jimmy”, but why was this book about “The Mighty Thor” and “The Unworthy Thor”? Jane Foster is currently the Thor of the Marvel Universe and “Mighty Thor” is the name of her solo book. No big deal. The problem is with branding Thor Odinson here as “The Unworthy Thor”. That is often how he is referred to in the current Marvel timeline, but the version of Odinson that is in this book is long, long before whatever happened to make him “unworthy”.
However, the Thor we meet here is very young. So young in fact that he has yet to even be able to lift the hammer Mjolnir. (Which places this story prior to his first appearances in the Marvel Universe proper in 1962’s Journey Into Mystery #83.) So perhaps viewed from that lens, he is actually unworthy at this time.
In any case, this is another paint-by-numbers entry for Generations that leaves us with no more questions about Vanishing Point, but also no more answers. This will probably appeal to fans of either version of Thor, but there’s not much here to really sink your teeth into otherwise.