“By the winds of the Mother Storm…she fights like a Valkyrie, sent straight from Hel!”
“Lifting the enchanted hammer Mjolnir has transformed a mysterious woman into an all-new version of the mighty Thor. But what happens when she’s separated from that hammer? Plus, Frost Giants! ROXXON! And oh yeah, whatever happened to the guy who used to carry that hammer?”
Last time, Malekith was a real jerk. He’s attacking the Roxxon Energy Corporation along with the frost giants because he’s looking for an ancient artifact of amazing power (we can assume). Thor was left in a very precarious position, as she was surrounded by frost giants who were about to murder her, with her hammer on the other side of a door.
We don’t cut right back to Thor, instead coming in on a flashback to a holiday in Jotunheim, land of the frost giants: the coming of the Mother Storm. Things aren’t looking good – the storm isn’t as strong as it used to be, and the giants are worried. I really liked this scene because it served to humanize the frost giants in a way I haven’t seen before. I actually felt a bit bad for them. The art continues to be astoundingly detailed; every panel is a joy to look at. Loki is brought up, and I’m super curious to see if he’ll show up in this particular series. The artifact they’re looking for is Loki’s dad’s (Laufey’s) skull, and I have no idea what they think they’re gonna do with THAT. Malekith convinces Skrymir, guardian of Utgard, that he can invade Midgard because Thor (rather, the previous Thor) doesn’t have Mjolnir anymore. Whoops. I love how flippant Malekith is – he can go from snarky to scary pretty quickly. There are more hints at Thor’s true nature, and I’m SO curious as to who she is. It also ends on a hell of a cliffhanger, AGAIN. Gah.
Also…either I missed it in the two previous issues, or Malekith has started carrying the previous Thor’s arm around, which is SUPER CREEPY AND WEIRD.
The letters to the editor continue to be absolutely heartwarming; make sure you don’t skip them.
Written by: Jason Aaron
Art by: Russell Dauterman
Cover by: Russell Dauterman
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