Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Mighty Thor #703

   In the early days of Marvel's growing universe, it was typical for heroes to have a handicap to overcome.

   Tony (Iron Man) Stark had a bad heart, and only his armor kept him alive. Matt (Daredevil) Murdock was blind, and his radar sense helped him overcome the obstacle. Don (Thor) Blake was lame, but his cane transformed him into a god.

   The modern-day version of that, Jane (Mighty Thor) Foster, takes it to a new extreme - she is dying of cancer, but contact with the hammer Mjolnir transforms her into a powerhouse.

   But her illness marches on, and her mortal side faces death - unless she makes an incredible sacrifice.

   But at the same time, Asgardia faces its most grave threat of all - a revived and murderous Mangog, the mightiest monster in the universe.

   The story by Jason Aaron is rocketing toward a fierce conclusion, and the fierce and sometimes surreal art by Russell Dauterman (with color by Matthew Wilson) is impressive.

   I'm happy to see the original Thor showing up in these pages regularly - hopefully, now that his comic is back to its original numbering, it can also go back to starring its namesake again.

   (You know, the guy who starred in one of last year's biggest movies.)

   And hey, he does have a handicap to overcome - one of his arms is artificial, and he no longer wields Mjolnir.

Grade: A-



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