The Thor that keeps on giving: Just another day in Battleworld, with Beta Ray Bill and Thorlief taking on a gang of Ghost Riders. From the sky.
Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: Chris Sprouse
What could be mightier than the mighty Thor? What about an entire ARMY of Thors?
Jason Aaron is on a roll. Fresh off his excellent run on Thor, in which he introduced a new female Thor, his new series on the God of Thunder features not one, not two, but an entire army of Thors, serving as the cops of Battleworld.
If you haven’t been keeping up with the latest events in the Marvel Universe, here’s a quick recap, courtesy of the introductory pages of the ongoing Secret Wars books.
The Multiverse was destroyed, and all that remains now is Battleworld, a massive patchwork planet composed of the fragments of worlds that no longer exist, maintained by the iron will of its god and masters …Victor Von Doom.
On Battleworld, there are two constants – Doom is acknowledged as the all-powerful god and ruler of Battleworld (instead of “Oh my God”, the denizens of Battleworld say “Oh my Doom”); and the Thors are the peacekeeping police of the world.
The main Secret Wars miniseries by Jonathan Hickman (now into issue #3) has been a fascinating read so far, but the numerous tie-ins, set in each different Battleworld domain, have also been pretty decent in their own right.
While most of the other tie-ins have shown mere glimpses of the power and authority of the Thor corps, Thors gives us a more in-depth look at how the organisation works. Apparently, it’s like your basic US TV police department, only with hammers.
Aaron has written Thors like a CSI-like crime procedural, starring Thorlief (aka Ultimate Thor) as a hammercide, sorry, homicide detective investigating a serial killer with his partner, Beta Ray Bill. Helping him are other Thors, such as a Groot Thor (I AM THOR!), a Storm Thor, and even Throg (or if you prefer, the Frog Thor), who works in a forensics lab. He also throws in a double-whammy cliffhanger at the end of this first issue, which makes the central mystery even more intriguing.
Aaron seems to be having a lot of fun playing with the idea of different Thors running around Battleworld, and it shows. Although many of his references seem like they could have been lifted directly from episodes of Blue Bloods or CSI, Aaron masterfully weaves Thor’s mythology into the proceedings in such a way that everything seems familiar yet fresh at the same time.
From gritty Old Man Logan to the adrenaline rush that is Ghost Racers (featuring all four previous Ghost Riders racing each other in a winner -takes-all death race), every single book has seemed like part of the whole Secret Wars jigsaw puzzle, unlike the patchy standalones of DC’s recent Convergence event.
Thors, however, has to be the pick of the bunch for me so far – smart, entertaining, and with enough action and mystery to keep you hooked indefinitely. To paraphrase Thorlief, on a scale of one to Fin Fang Foom, this comic warrants a Galactus.