Now this is Thor!
While I never really cared specifically for Gerry Conway as a comic book writer, I have to say that his years on Thor were some of the best the series ever saw. You seldom hear Conway mentioned between Kirby and Simonson these days, but his adventures took place in secret lands of Asgard and its other mythic realms and mixed that with outer space action and even a tale or two on Midgard. (Recall the "Young Gods" arc?)
So too has Jason Aaron took the hammer by the thong, so to speak, and followed Conway’s cue in depicting Thor as both a god of Asgard, an otherworldly force in outer space and a great hero on Earth.
Thor’s past matters and was key to the future, here and in the pages of Uncanny Avengers. At least part of Thor’s life lies in the Nine Realms and we are seeing all the wonderful and imaginative characters that may exist in such a place, given life by the tales of the Vikings.
Thus, as “The Accused” arc continues, we have come upon Alfheim and the delightful and somewhat varied Light Elves. While this gives way to a certain absurdity one somehow does not apply to trolls and giants (why, I do not know), it also leads to some great adventure and wonderful comedy – something you do not find a lot of in comics today – involving beings who use sweets and rainbows as deadly weapons.
Aaron certainly has the character of Thor down pat, his voice ringing true amid the League of Realms, whose membership is in itself finding voice and focus. While they are not yet the Avengers (and let us hope they do not try, as every other group may be), the members have found both individuality of character and cohesion of group. They are a team.
While I certainly do miss the beautiful flowing art of Esad Ribic, Ron Garney is doing more than his fair share of good work on this book. His characters are distinctive and never get too crowded together, his panel arrangement greatly enhances and captures the spirit of Aaron’s script, and it has an enchanting quality to it that can, of a sudden, turn dark and monstrous. Perfect for a book with Malekith as its prime villain.
This cosmic trip around the World Tree has been great, and I cannot wait to see where it leads our Thunder God and if the League of Realms is in it for the long haul. Thor, God of Thunder #15 is one great issue of a worthy (get it?) series.