Monday, May 21, 2018

The Mighty Thor: At The Gates Of Valhalla #1 Review - Marvel Monday



Writer: Jason AaronArtist: Ramon K. Perez, Jen BartelRelease Date: May 16, 2018Cover Price: $4.99Review: Dispatchdcu (check out all his awesome reviews!)

When last we discussed Thor, she died to stop Magog. However, through the storm that was captured inside Mjolnir (always been that way... nothing new), she was brought back from the dead, however still with cancer. So, Jane Foster left the mantle of Thor behind to go fight the battle she’s put off for so long, her battle with cancer. 


We open this story with the Goddesses of Thunder, Odinson’s Granddaughters from the future. They used some time diamonds to travel back in time to find Thor at his/her greatest. They jumped from time to time, fighting trolls, checking out a young, whiny, Odinson incapable of picking up the hammer, making reference to the “God bomb” story (which was fabulous btw). Then, they even travel millions of years back to the first Team up with Odin and the original Phoenix and crew from the Avengers run and Marvel Legacy happening right now. They continued and found Frog Thor and even Jane Foster on their pit stop until eventually the future for their Grandfather Thor, which looks like a battle with a Dark Loki. It’s like Bill and Ted but with Thunder Goddesses. 
I think the point of this story was to show you what’s been going on with Thor over the past couple years while giving you a taste of what’s to come. The Goddesses of Thunder take a pit stop with Jane Foster and talk about how much she idolized her and again give us a taste of what is to come with her in the future. 


But next, we jump to Malekith to see that he created a Black Bifrost, which is basically like his own Rainbow bridge to get to all the realms just like Asgard had. It seems like Loki helped him create it. Heck, Malekith even has his own guard. We watch Malekith jump from realm to realm rallying troops for a war. He visited the dwarves, the Giants, the realm of fire and death, and even the realm of the old Gods. Now, let me stop right there. 
I’ve been reviewing Weapon H and trying to figure out Roxxon as well as who Professor Agger was, what is abilities are, and his connection to the Weapon X project. Turns out, I’m last to the party like usual. So, I apologize for my Weapon H review since I wasn’t totally informed BUT it looks like Agger is some type of Minotaur and that the old Gods are basically Roxxon or working with Roxxon. That makes Weapon H so much more interesting to me. Old Gods mixed with Weapon X, mixed with Hulk seems like an amazing combination. 
Anyway, Malekith continues his journey and visits the light elves, the angels, and even our realm to gather up troops for a war. Malekith was even present during the fight with Magog. The point of this part of the story, as well as this entire issue, was to show us that Jason Aaron’s is planning something big. A war that crosses time, space and realms is going to happen. And, I think he’s playing the role of T.O. telling us to get our popcorn ready. 


This issue was a fun prelude for what’s to come and gave us some of the highlights of the past couple years while dropping some juicy carrots along the way to keep the readers excited and interested in hanging on into Marvel’s “Fresh Start”. Side note: if the carrot is juicy it better be glazed. 
Anyway, the issue wasn’t needed but it was great for anyone who's been a Thor fan under Aaron’s run. If you’ve been reading, you’ll love it. If you haven’t, it’s still a good jumping on point for what’s to come. This just personally made me more pumped for Thor and help me move Thor up to the top 3 on my pull list. 
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Bits and Pieces:
Jason Aaron’s and Thor go together like Peanut Butter and Jelly. Like peanut butter and chocolate. Like Peanut butter and fluff. Like peanut butter and peanut butter. Guys and gals, don’t just pick this issue up, grab Aaron’s trades of Thor I general. Heck, go WAY BACK to Thor: God of Thunder! Start there and get caught up ASAP! Loved the issue. Give it a read and let me know what you think. 
9/10

2 comments:

Mule said...

I loved this issue. And I love Jane Foster Thor. Can't wait for the War of the Ten realms!

Jim Werner said...

I love Jane as well!