The Mighty Thor #705
Written by Jason Aaron
Art by Russell Dauterman
Colors by Matthew Wilson
As Heimdall stands at the entrance to the Bifrost, Jane Foster comes to him after making a decision. After having a heart to heart with the gatekeeper, she has him send her to another location and we see Jane Foster pick up Mjolnir for the first time.
In the present, Mangog continues his rampage and Jane Foster is fighting for her life against the creature. Odin, Freyja and Thor join her as Asgardia is on a collision course with the sun. Odinson is angry that Jane has returned, knowing what it has cost her to do so. They don’t have time to lament the point as the creature begins his assault again. Thor goes after the creature as Freyja and the others make their way to the boats to escape the destruction.
Both Thor and Mangog continue their battle as the creature tries to convince Jane that she reason enough to hate them as much as he does. He confronts her with some cruel truths about the gods and how they are using her, but Thor lets the creature know that she fights for something greater than the gods. In her last-ditch attempt to stop the creature and save the gods, Thor makes a fateful decision that is both poetic and tragic as Odinson is helpless to watch the events unfold.
This was a beautiful issue both in writing and art. Dauterman really captured beauty and tragedy in his depictions of the characters and the battle between Thor and Mangog. The last two pages are amazing to see and they are epic in both scale and detail. Aaron has written a story that captures the essence of who Jane is as a character and shows how Jane and Odinson’s relationship has evolved over time. The moments in this issue make me want to read what happens next.