Written by Donny Cates
Art by Michele Bandini
Inks by Michele Bandini and Elisabetta D’Amico
Colors by Matt Wilson
Letters by Joe Sabino
The Rundown: Thor discovers why his hammer is turning against him and seeks out the help of a friend.
In the aftermath of another victory, Thor celebrates with his people, but he is restless as they revel and rejoice. After having an outburst that is unlike him, he confronts Mjolnir only to find the hammer almost impossible to yield. After speaking with Loki, he swears his brother to secrecy as he seeks out someone who could possible help him understand what is happening to him.
After returning to Earth, Thor finds the Avengers in the middle of a battle against monsters and joins in after confronting Steve about needing to talk. As Thor’s impatience grows, something happens within his hammer that forces him to attack a friend.
The Story: Cates crafts a uniquely introspective story for Thor in this issue and there are a lot of deep elements throughout it that make it both engaging and interesting to the reader. The evolution of the character continues to be interesting and seeing him come to conclusions about his fate, his purpose and his role is great drama. I was enamored with the explanation he gives to Steve regarding how he views both time and existence and it adds a layer to Thor and his connections to others that is rarely touched on. This was a great, nuanced story with Thor’s emotions and purpose at its center.
The Art: Michele Bandini crafts some beautiful visuals throughout this issue. The style is perfect for the characters and there is so much expression in them that it deftly conveys the emotional elements of the story.