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The Unworthy Thor #1 Review and *SPOILERS* - Marvel Monday
Beware the Goat
Written By: Jason Aaron
Art By: Olivier Coipel, Matthew Wilson
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 2, 2016
*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*
One of my favorite books that came out of All-New,
All-Different Marvel was easily The Mighty Thor title which followed the story
of Jane Foster in her new role as Thor. So, when I heard about the same
creative team coming together to create another Thor story, this time focusing
on The Odinson, I was beyond excited for it. I’m so interested with what Jason
Aaron is doing with the Thor section of the Marvel Universe and he’s been at it
for four years now. He and his team have created some of the best Thor stories
ever, in my opinion, and seeing him not ignore the story of The Odinson despite
the fact that he is no longer Thor is something that I’m really grateful for. I
feel like when most characters are succeeded by another character it is due to
death or something like it and we lose the story that follows the character that
we’ve known for a long time but this book seems to be diving headfirst into The
Odinson’s life after Thor. How will he fare? Let’s find out.
Our issue begins with a small inner monologue from The
Odinson. He talks about his past but that he is no longer a god. Meanwhile, we
get scenes of a massive battle between several creatures and we soon see that
one of them is The Odinson. He seems to be held by some kind of group and he
talks about how he fights every morning and fails. We notice his left arm is
covered in some kind of black material. Despite The Odinson’s strength, he is
soon overpowered by the group holding him and is electrocuted until he submits.
Despite his defeat, The Odinson still believes that he will one day overpower
them and that he will be Thor again. This is when he reaches out his hand and
in the distance we see an axe.
We then flash back to three months earlier on the moon of
Earth. The Odinson has been approached by Alpha Flight due to some of Earth’s
satellites going missing in the past few weeks. We see The Odinson standing
above a large hole in the ground and next to him stands a giant goat. He tells
the goat to eat anything that comes out of the hole that isn’t him. Turns out
that a group of trolls has made their way to the Moon and quickly the encounter
turns violent. Trolls had long been wanderers in the realms due to the fact
they have no realm to call their own. However, despite the fact that it seems
The Odinson can handle the trolls, he is suddenly beaten down by Ulik, the King
of the Trolls. Luckily for The Odinson, his goat joins the fight and it’s
intense strength saves him from Ulik.
Thor and his goat, named Toothgnasher, fight off the trolls
but eventually are unlucky enough to find themselves at the bottom of a pile of
rubble. The trolls leave but The Odinson is not without strength and he is able
to free himself. He chases after the trolls who have boarded their ship and are
fleeing the Moon. The Odinson launches his axe at the ship but misses, allowing
the trolls to escape. The Odinson chooses to sit on the Moon and rest when he
is approached by a being. The being mentions that there used to be The Watcher
but now there is only it. The Odinson questions if it is some kind of new
Watcher since the previous one was murdered on the Moon. We learn the being is
called The Unseen. The two talk for a little while and it is revealed that The
Unseen knows of another hammer and that it is most likely in Asgard.
The Odinson climbs aboard Toothgnasher and the two fly off
toward Asgard. However, once they get to the location, they are shocked by what
they find. Asgard is someone missing and The Odinson is unable to find it. This
is when Beta Ray Bill shows up and the two talk. Beta Ray Bill reveals that
Asgard has been taken and that they will need an army to take it back. He knows
who stole it as well but first he must address the elephant in the room. The
rumors saying that The Odinson has lost his hammer are true but Bill has a way
to fix this. He kneels and offers The Odinson his own hammer. This is where the
issue leaves us
I have to give this issue a little leeway. After all, this
miniseries is just starting and many people are probably jumping on right now
with little to no knowledge of The Odinson’s story up till now. Thus there is a
lot of backtracking and explaining to the reader what has happened previously.
That’s not great but it is to be expected. That said, the rest of the issue is
mostly set up which is also to be expected but doesn’t exactly thrill people.
The goal of set up is to pay off later and I have high hopes that it will.
However, as for this issue, things seem kind of bland. We do get a great
insight into the mind of The Odinson and where he is mentally but other than
that we only get a small fight scene and a really great cliffhanger. I’m still
excited for this series but this issue wasn’t anything special.
Bits and Pieces
While it’s to be expected of a first issue, this one does
little more than set up story and recap the past. We get some great
characterization of The Odinson and we end on a nice cliffhanger, however this
issue falls a little flat. No need to jump ship from this book yet though as
the future still seems bright.