This collects Thor (2014) issues 1 to 5.
This story is about the Odinson and about Jane Foster. A lot of what makes this story interesting is what is happening inside of these two characters. All done against the wonderfully written and illustrated backdrop of big, blue frost giants behaving badly underwater.
In many ways Odinson defined himself through his ownership of Mjolnir. The loss of Mjolnir amounts to Odinson losing an identity he never expected to lose.
It is no wonder that the newly unworthy Thor kneels before his hammer unable to move on until goaded by Odin himself.
It is also in character that Odinson’s reaction to the whole thing is a fit of battle rage. He’s always been the one to solve a problem by punching it. Unfortunately, Odinson’s punch absent Mjolnir isn’t what it used to be.
One side of the equation loses the hammer but the other side gains it. This collection does not show how Jane Foster came by the hammer in the first place. But it does show that she is worthy. After grasping Mjolnir a big part of this collection shows Jane’s early experiences with being Thor. She proves to be a gentler, more cerebral Thunder God. But as before the power center of a ‘Thor’ is really Mjolnir rather than the wielder of Mjolnir.
I love that the fight sequences in this collection happens underwater. Not below the surface but on the sea floor. In a facility owned by Roxxon. Malekith is here and so is Roxxon’s minotaur CEO so magic is ever present in the story, weaving about making everything interesting.
We also get to see the return of Odin who is the most offish and obstinate I’ve ever seen him – easily outclassed by his wife Queen Freya. In fact the brash behavior of the two principal males of this story, Odin and Odinson, contrasted with the level headed attitude of the two principal females, Freya and Thor, gives the collection a slight feminine tinge.
The beauty of this collection is in the details, and I’m referring to both the writing and the art. It is wonderful to look at and is a refreshing take on the nature of the Thunder God.