Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Unworthy Thor #5 (of 5)

   After more than two-and-a-half years, we finally have the answer to the mystery that cost the Unworthy Thor his hammer.

   Back in the pages of the event book Original Sin #7 (in August 2014), while fighting in space, the original Nick Fury whispered something in Thor's ear that made him instantly unable to lift Mjolnir - meaning he was no longer worthy.

   (Thor's hammer can only be lifted by those worthy of its power, natch.)

   And finally, in this issue, we find out what Fury said.

   Oh, I'm not going to give it away - no spoilers here. But (how can I put this...?) - the answer is just dopey.

   We'd assumed it was some kind of hard evidence that he was no longer worthy ("Hey, Thor, you didn't pay income taxes in 1968!"), and instead it's much more... insubstantial.

   Oh, and the cover image: doesn't happen here. Thor fights some of Thanos' flunkies, but that's all (not that they're an easy bunch to defeat).

   The art is very good, and we get some movement toward whatever happens next, but the upshot of this series seems to be finding a place to tuck away the real Thor for a while. (You know, like they did with Nick Fury.)

   There, I suppose, the comic succeeds. Sadly.

Grade: B




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