Unworthy Thor #1 (Marvel Comics)
Jason Aaron’s Thor saga has been one long and winding road, and this week brings the latest chapter of that run with Unworthy Thor. While the main Thor series has been focused on Jane Foster’s Goddess of Thunder, Unworthy Thor is finally going to delve into the adventures of the Odinson, and reveal where he’s been during Jane’s adventures. Teamed up with Olivier Coipel, it’s easy to see why Unworthy Thor has been so eagerly anticipated, and it’s a relief that it’s ended up being one of the strongest Marvel Now titles.
First up: no, you will not find out what Nick Fury said to Thor way back in Original Sin (remember that event? Seems so long ago now). However, Jason Aaron’s opening issue does delve into the mindset of the Odinson, who’s on a quest to restore his worthiness by any means necessary. Currently spending his days drinking mead and wandering the universe on his goat, Toothgnasher, Thor has taken up getting into brawls with Trolls to pass the time. Jason Aaron does such a great job presenting Thor at his lowest that when he learns of another hammer in the ruins of Asgard, you want him to do whatever it takes to get it. When you add in the fact that this hammer is the Mjolnir from the now defunct Ultimate Universe, it adds a whole new layer of mystery to the story that Aaron has been building for years.
Olivier Coipel was born to draw trolls. After this issue, it’s clear that Marvel made the right choice to have Coipel pencil this miniseries, and he brings the sense of scope and grandeur needed for this kind of series. Coipel is able to bring even the most ridiculous aspects of Norse Mythology to life in a really cool way, and his depiction of a surprise Thor character towards the end of the issue is too awesome for words.
Unworthy Thor is easily the strongest of the new Marvel Now titles, and much of that has to do with the fact that it is the complete opposite of what Marvel’s yearly #1’s are trying to do. Jason Aaron’s miniseries is steeped in his prior runs on the character, and requires an understanding of events that have happened to the Odinson before he reached this point. While there’s no appearance from Jane Foster’s Thor yet, she’s definitely mentioned a lot throughout the issue, and there’s a huge sense that this is just the next installment in a bigger run that Jason Aaron has planned. Yet despite being part of a larger whole, Unworthy Thor works as an entertaining and tantalizing taste of what Jason Aaron has been doing in this corner of the Marvel universe. The hype surrounding his run has died down a lot, but that hasn’t stopped Jason Aaron from crafting some incredibly entertaining comics, and all signs are pointing to Unworthy Thor being just as good as his other work on the character.