After the events of Jason Aaron’s Original Sin event, Thor found himself unworthy of lifting Mjolnir. Worse yet, the last issue of Thor saw Earth under attack by an army of Frost Giants, and as usual Odin left Earth to defend itself. Thor stood up against them without Mjolnir, only to find Malekith working with them. The resulting fight left Thor defeated and having an arm cut off, and the issue ended with a mysterious woman lifting the hammer.
Jason Aaron’s Thor 2 kicks off immediately where the last issue left us, with the new Female Thor standing on the moon and holding Mjolnir. We have no idea who this new Thor is yet, but this issue left a few hints within the dialogue and narration. Outwardly she speaks just like an Asgardian, but her internal thoughts are more human. Her thoughts also convey more wonder and confusion than her speech, which shows more confidence and signs of wisdom. It’s a very intriguing contrast, making one wonder whether she’s talking or the hammer is talking through her … or a bit of both. The mystery only thickens when she meets Roxxon’s CEO, and her internal thoughts say that they’ve met.
There’s a lot of action in this issue, mostly with Fem Thor fighting frost giants and learning how to use the hammer in the process. Her fighting style is different from Thor’s, focusing more on speed and agility than raw strength. It also opens her less experienced self up for mistakes, most notably one that lands her in serious trouble for the issue’s ending cliffhanger.
The art by Russell Dauterman is great. First off, the costume design on the Female Thor is familiar, yet different enough from the original Thor’s to feel unique. The expressions on her face showcase both her excitement while wielding such a powerful weapon and her anger after she finds out how badly the Frost Giants are destroying Earth’s resistance. The environmental detail is fantastic all-round, from the frozen tundra that used to be an ocean to the tower of ice and the people frozen within the stairs. The action flows smooth and makes great use of comic sound effects.
If Thor 1 and 2 are any indication, Jason Aaron’s series about a female Thor will be a perfectly worthy successor to Thor: God of Thunder. It keeps the epic scale and the dark storytelling while still being an enjoyable read. The mystery behind exactly who Female Thor is could lead in so many fascinating directions, as could the unknown reason why Thor himself has become unworthy. This is Jason Aaron at his best, and if you’re the least bit interested in checking this title out, you should just go ahead and pick it up.