July 20, 2024

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Comic Review: The Mighty Thor Volume 2

The Odinson faces off against a powerful viking in ancient times while Jane Foster fights to keep Dario Agger alive against her better judgement.

Alright, here I go with the next installment of Jason Aaron’s Thor run, something I can probably continue from here on Marvel Unlimited.

In the meantime, I did finish the second volume, subtitled Lords of Midgard.

Jason Aaron actually managed to fit two stories into this one.  The second, and longer, of the two has Jane Foster dodging a pair of SHIELD agents who make it their business to figure out superhero secret identities, and they are very sure Jane knows who the new female Thor is, while Jane is also working to keep Dario Agger alive.  Granted, Jane really doesn’t mind if the Exterminatrix and Silver Samurai do Agger in, but his death actually has a pretty nasty failsafe device built in, guaranteeing if he dies, he’s going to take a lot of people with him, and not just the various folks who work for Roxxon.  It’s the sort of story where Jane, as Thor, has to team with a former rival for the Odinson’s affections in the form of environmentally-active SHIELD agent Roz Solomon, and still have these other two agents really refusing to let a dying woman go get her chemo treatments, even though said dying woman knows the chemo treatments will fail to work the instant she transforms into a thunder god again.

It’s not a bad story by any stretch of the imagination, and the trade as whole shows a bit more going on with Loki as well.  He had stabbed his adopted mother Freya in the previous volume, but here he lets slip that he was good enough with a knife to only severely wound her, so who exactly he’s working for and what his plan is remains to be seen.  It’s Loki.  He could be working for or with anyone.

But the biggest bit of fun for me was the two parter that started the trade.  Loki recounts to Agger a story from his younger days when he pranked Thor good.  Thor wasn’t worthy of Mjolinir yet, but after embarrassing a mortal viking lord, said lord got some help from Loki to make himself mightier.  Essentially, the viking used magic to turn himself into a medieval Hulk, and the fight between this guy and Thor went around the globe and had more than a few witnesses of greater significance but little impact.  Aaron has been playing with the idea of Stone Age Avengers, so here he does more of that by showing earlier incarnations of more than a few recognizable Marvel heroes, such as an Atlantean princess and a Ghost Rider in North America that rode a flaming bear.  These are ideas Aaron is dealing with right now from the looks of things in his Avengers run, so it is always nice to see where such ideas may have originally come from.

Then again, he also plays around with the idea that Mjolinir itself might be alive in some way, and the hammer, not Odin’s magic, is what decides who is and is not “worthy”.

So, really, lots of viking gods and magic hammers, all told with Aaron’s usual high quality storytelling.  I hope I remember to go back to this series on Marvel Unlimited soon.

8.5 out 10 unexpected saviors.