We’ll get this out of the way right up front. Yes, having a female Thor is obviously a gimmick to make money. That’s what comic book companies do, they try to come up with unique twists and stories to make money. We covered the initial reaction and much of the uproar and our thoughts on it here http://fragsandbeer.com/?p=1358, so we won’t get into that too much here. I put Thor on my subscription list because the idea sounded interesting enough to read a few issues and see where it goes. I’m not much of an Avengers fan, in the comics, and admittedly only catch Thor when he’s in other books so this issue is my first.
Right from the beginning there’s clearly a lot more going on in the lives of the Asgardians before this book opens. It’s definitely a continuation of an ongoing story, and the writer gives you enough to eventually catch up, but as someone just hopping into the Thor story I was confused at first. Despite that the writing was good, and the story is taking an interesting direction, seeding future story hooks, and leaving the identity of the new Thor a mystery even to the last frame. It appears that the Odinson will still be a part of the story though the extent of his connection to the new Thor isn’t clear yet.
My one disappointment with the issue was the interior art. Dauterman certainly has talent, and I’m sure his style appeals to many, it just didn’t grab me. The style seemed almost whimsical, where I expect a story about Gods to be grandiose. Like it or not this is an important issue of Thor, and will always be a historical marker in the series so I hoped for something different on the inside, but that’s just my personal opinion. The colors were great, and the art didn’t detract from the issue at all. There were still some great panels, some great action in the pencils, and the last two pages will always be remembered.
All in all, it’s was a good read with the promise of more. If you haven’t checked it out, pick up a copy and take a look. You might just like what you read.