The Mighty Thor #700
Part of Marvel’s “Legacy” rebranding is a chance to go back to the classic numbering for a majority of their titles, and lucky for them The Mighty Thor was at issue 700. With that comes the start of Jason Aaron’s “The Death Of The Mighty Thor”, which is a pretty ominous title for a lot of reasons. Will this storyline kill off the Jane Foster Thor, who’s been the welder of Mjolnir for the past few years now? Or will Thor Odinson go down? OR will all of the Thors featured in this issue, from Jane Foster to Odinson to War Thor, go down in flames? We don’t get any real clues, but we do get a whole lot of story in this special, double sized issue.
Bouncing between the many Thors of the Marvel Universe, Mighty Thor #700 is a pretty dense issue. Thor Odinson is investigating an impending invasion that threatens the Norn, Jane Foster battles the new Hulk (who’s Jennifer Walters), which also brings in the Frog Thor to help, and Volstagg encounters his cursed Mjolnir and turns into the War Thor once again. It’s a lot of plot to unpack, and the book jumps around a lot to set the pieces in motion for this upcoming storyline. While each of these individual storylines are interesting and will certainly play a major role in Aaron’s long Thor storyline, the constant jumping between settings and characters makes for a pretty jarring reading experience.
Adding to that jarring reading experience is the art, which changes depending on the story being told. Russell Dautermann, Olivier Coipel, Chris Burnham, Headlopper’s Andrew Maclean, Becky Cloonan, and a whole mess of other artists that I’m probably forgetting all handle the different parts of the story in this issue, and while they are all great artists, the constant changes in style is pretty distracting. It’s not a bad problem having these artists on this issue, but a little more care should’ve been brought to the book to make sure everything flowed smoother.
Mighty Thor #700 doesn’t ruin the story Jason Aaron has been telling since Thor: God of Thunder #1, but it’s not the slam dunk epic I was hoping it would be. Part of that comes from the disjointed story that bounces around time and space of the Thunder God, and part of it comes from the fact that that art is so different from page to page. Despite that, it’s still a necessary read for those following Aaron’s Thor saga.