Mighty Thor # 700 Review (Some Spoilers)
Marvel Legacy brings back the classic numbering for The Mighty Thor # 700 and kicks off a new story arc called “The Death of Thor”. We have to credit the creative team for the book which includes Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman, Walter Simonson, Daniel Acuna, Olivier Coipel and a whole lot more.
DISCLAIMER: THERE MAY BE SPOILERS IN THIS POST
Marvel brings back Thor to its “original” numbering as part of it’s Marvel Legacy initiative *cough* DC Rebirth *cough* and so we now have Mighty Thor # 700. It’s a pretty and shiny book and at the get go, I like everything they threw at readers for this jam-packed issue. All the current Thors (and one Loki) get a good amount of page time here.
Jason Aaron continues to wow me as a writer as he shows he’s an expert at weaving dialogue and plots of different characters in his toy box. We get Unworthy Thor and his ongoing trouble with the dark elf Malekith, we get a daily slice of life for Jane Foster who is currently the official “Mighty Thor” and we get the more juicy bits from Volstagg’s War Thor. They even threw in a bonus page or two featuring Throg aka Frog Thor which took me by surprise.
The years worth of beats for Malekith continues with for Thor Odinson aka Unworthy Thor. He’s summoned by the Norns and the norn queen Karnilla to help them out with the invasion. The tl;dr of this plot point is that the “Thor family” will be going through the ringer as the story progresses. It’s nice to know though at some point in time, the mighty Avenger will get “a” hammer as well as a new arm.
Every story beat has its own flair and style and voice. I honestly feel like I read a year’s worth of stories from Aaron and the gang in one sitting. I’m not even complaining it that were the case because its beautiful. The Mighty Thor # 700 is a beautiful issue. You don’t go wrong with the interior and you certainly won’t go wrong with the story.
Even those one or two-page reveals already make for some interesting reading. Loki and his father Laufey are bonding and we get to see a bit of savagery from the Asgardian god of mischief. We see two cosmic level beings fight with something that might pose as a threat to Thor in the future. We even fricking see Thanos in this book.
But more than that, I like how each Thor has a distinct voice and accompanying imagery. Despite all the violence and bloodshed, Odinson’s pages are vibrant and eye-popping. Daniel Acuna’s pages featuring Jane Foster uses darker hues and to go along with the who she’s dealing with (i.e. She-Hulk). Then there’s Volstagg’s War Thor which feels like in the middle ground. Towards the end though, with the appearance of this classic Marvel monster/ character, the art style changes as well to better suit the moment.
This week also marks the opening of Thor: Ragnarok, so I suggest you go and read my Thor: Ragnarok review as well.