I review Jason Aaron’s Thor: God of Thunder #12 from Marvel Comics.
Thor: God of Thunder #12
Story: Jason Aaron | Art: Nic Klein | Cover: Esad Ribic | Publisher: Marvel Comics | Price: $3.99
• THOR RETURNS TO MIDGARD! What does it mean to walk the Earth as a god?
• Where does Thor go and who does he see when he’s not out saving the world with the Avengers?
• Also, the return of long-time love interest, Dr. Jane Foster.
This book is essentially what Thor does as soon as he returns to Midgard following the climatic finale of the year-long epic that was the God-Butcher arc that wrapped up earlier this month. Whilst we don’t have Esad Ribic doing the art (aside from the cover), which was a bit of a letdown, especially with his gorgeous pages for the previous Thor issues, the new artist – (I’m not sure if it’s a permanent change or just for this issue), Nic Klein, does wonderfully well in delivering some stunning pages to the point where I almost wouldn’t feel the loss that heavily of him replacing Ribic on a permanent basis.
The issue itself, despite the fact that it may be the first one shot for the character since Marvel Now! began – is one of the best of the series yet. We’re given a snapshot into Thor’s non-world saving life as he pays his visit to people all over the Earth, starting with a prisoner in the final hours of his life (allowing for a rather amusing panel which featured a rookie prison guard trying to get Thor to remove his weapons), and finishing with a visit to Jane Foster, in a very emotional sequence.
Like Captain America, Thor: God of Thunder is a book that’s made me care for a protagonist who I never thought I would, and #12 is just as outstanding as the previous eleven issues despite the fact that he may not be facing God-Killers, or doing battle with two other versions of himself from different timelines. This book proves that it can still be a great series without that element, and I’m looking forward to see where this book takes us in the next few pages. If you’re one of the few people not reading this book then I strongly recommend that you jump on board with this issue – it’s a great starting point, although it wouldn’t hurt to go back and read #1-11 purely because they are just as brilliant.
Also, Thor realises that not every problem can be solved by hitting things, with the Thor/Jane Foster scene being one of the finest points in the book, proving that the lack of action doesn’t mean for a lack of story. If there was any doubt beforehand, this series is probably my joint favourite Marvel book at the moment along with Daredevil. Absolutely outstanding work from Jason Aaron here, with a level of consistency across the series that few creative teams hope to match.
There are several comedic scenes in this issue as well, the involvement of Thor with Rosalind Solomon, SHIELD agent, the panel that I’ve already mentioned regarding the prison, and the brief visit that Thor paid to a few Nuns. Aaron’s no stranger to humour (see Wolverine and the X-Men), and at no point in this book does anything come across as forced or clichéd, or just out of place. Everything is nailed in perfectly.
If not for American Vampire Anthology #1, the review of which can be found on The Founding Fields, this book would be my Pick of the Week. It’s that damn good. Highly recommended.