We’ve seen Thor down in the dumps, but never like this. With his hammer no longer deeming him worthy, Thor is drinking heavily, avoiding sleep, and generally living an unhealthy lifestyle. The beauty of this new series is right there in the title as Thor must find some way to feel worthy. We delve into issue #2…is it good?
The Unworthy Thor #2 (Marvel Comics)
So what’s it about? Read our full preview to find out!
Why does this book matter?
Jason Aaron writes this series with Olivier Coipel on pencils which means we’re going to get fantastic character work with equally fantastic art. Together they may just have the ability to deliver one of the greatest superhero redemption stories ever.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
Time to bro-up!
When I read a cosmic comic I want a few things and thankfully this issue has them all. Good action? Check. Big ideas? Check. Characters dealing with their human emotions so that we don’t lose sight of purpose in the ever-expansive universe? Check. Aaron opens this issue with Thor connecting on a bro-level with Beta Ray Bill which helps tether them when the action kicks into gear. When it does, it comes complete with war spaceships. Have you ever seen a shirtless hairy man fight spaceships on a giant goat? You’re about to!
As the story progresses the Collector enters, which propels the big idea part of this issue being so cool. Aaron continues to delve into Thor’s deeply troubled subconscious since losing the Mjolnir and that helps keep the cosmic side of the story grounded. The Collector meanwhile has a unique vibe that’s different than the usual villain who wants to kill or take over for evil reasons. It’ll be interesting to see more of this character as, in my mind, he hasn’t been realized completely in the Marvel Universe before. This all culminates into a rather surprsing ending that should get folks jazzed up for any future Marvel events.
Coipel’s art continues to be a great joy, capturing the epic nature of magic or space no matter the idea. The Collector has a rather neat presence due to his eyes and body language as if he’s some billion year old socialite from the Palace of Versaille. There’s also a fantastic sequence that’s quite symbolic involving a nightmare you don’t want to miss. The colors by Matthew Wilson continue to shine as well, making the space scenes look and feel truly magical.
It can’t be perfect can it?
I’m confused why Coipel has drawn Thor’s nose with a flat bridge. Did he break it or something? In the opening pages particularly he looks like a boxer who has had too many fights. Maybe that’s the effect they’re going for, but it looks off.
What a boss!
Is It Good?
It’s stories like this one that remind you the Marvel movies have way more ideas to mine for the films. Aaron and Coipel continue to write a fantastic Thor epic that accomplishes everything you’d want in a cosmic story.
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