Thor Vol. 2: Who Holds the Hammer?
Who is the new Thor? That's the question on everyone's lips. Most especially the original Thor! And now he starts to narrow down the list of suspects. Meanwhile, tensions continue to flare between the All-Mother and All-Father, Malekith the Dark Elf forges his most dangerous pact yet, and the new Thor prepares to fac ...more
There's not much to this volume, is there?
Still, the 3 issues of Thor were good, and the big reveal was quite dramatic.
In the background, Malekith is plotting to take over every world connected to Yggdrasil, and Mr. Minotaur is plotting to strip them of their resources.
But the majority of the story is Thor (the dude) trying to figure out the identity of Thor (the chick). I thought he was pretty decent about the whole thing. Last time around, he was a bit ragey and over-the-t ...more
.... Deadpool! Just kidding - as if I’d spoil that here! It is a surprise though and I loved the choice of who the new God of Thunder really is.
The story in this volume is a bit thin as Aaron basically puts everything on the big reveal at the end to keep readers going. Thor Classic (or Prince Odinson of Asgard, as he’s calling himself now) has a ...more
Just kidding. This came out almost 5 years ago so that info has already fallen so far into the realm of common nerd knowledge even the reveal of the cast of the next Thor movie gave it away.
Since this a modern comic we can’t go more than 15 minutes without changing the title slightly and releasing a new #1, and with Secret Wars looming this version of Thor had a limited shelf life. Still, I very much enjoyed this particular ...more
The latter third of the tale changes dramatically in artwork and some of the tales go to goofy, breaking up the flow IMO.
That said, still a fun read but not as well plotted as the first one.
OVERALL GRADE: B.
If Aaron's Titania surrendering to Thor last volume was heavy handed and stupid, the female armies of the Odinson who come to support Thor was the perfect way to make up for it it and have a more genuine "girl power" moment that felt far more authentic and believable to me at least.
Opening the volume is the Thor Annual #1, containing three individual stories by three different creative teams. For me, this was a case of "Two out of three ain't bad". Most notably, ...more
I had high hopes for this one and if this was just the Thor story, it would've definitely been 4 stars. Unfortunately, 70% of the annual and the "What If?" Story dragged this down for me so much.
I really, really liked the story of Thor taking on the Destroyer. I loved the dialogue, how powerful she looked and I adored Freyja's influence. She is such a powerful character in this book and in Angela: Asgard's Assassin and (while I know it'll never happen) I am 100% down for a Freyja sol ...more
It's still very much 'all girls together' but in a much less heavy handed way that worked this time around. I love the development between Odin and Freyja, and there were some nice cameos that didn't distract from the main characters and plot.
The big reveal was done really well; I'd managed to avoid spoilers so it was still a bit of a guess until the last minute, mainly because of all the red herrings they kept throwing about.
My only criticism is there wasn't quite enoug ...more
"Perhaps trouble is what she is after - in which case . . . raise Hel, Goddess of Thunder, and let the rest be damned!" - Valkyrie
Faster-paced and funnier than Volume 1, Who Holds the Hammer? features a slew of speical guest stars (to quote Freyja - "Am I right, ladies?") arriving in the nick of time for an ass-kicking finale. Also of note were two of the three short stories, both co-starring the Warriors Three, that conclude the book -- an initiation / 'rite of passage' challenge invol ...more
This is a really short volume. Focusing on just the major issues of the plot we finally know who Thor is (though it's super easy to see coming) but it's nice to know it now. I also really enjoyed the battle, it was fantastic, the art truly makes each battle epic as fuck. I couldn't get over the one scene where Thor is standing there, blood soaked, and is still standing re ...more
I was waiting for some big reveal showing how Odin was possessed/controlled/Loki in disguise, but none ever came. So, unless I missed something somew ...more
Put it back in the oven; it's not done yet.
It takes a lot to squander the good will I have when a minotaur reveals the simplest and greatest supervillain plan I've ever read in comics. Unfortunately, Thor #2 does that.
Let's be clear, in case you missed my review of Thor, Vol. 1: The Goddess of Thunder. Summing up, I'm fine with the new direction of the book. Also, I do love the reveal at the end of Thor's identity. That's not my issue.
The book is just too damned light on content.
I understand ...more
#6 - The Minotaur CEO had a key role in the last story arc, and he gets a timely origin story in this chapter. In an effort to solve the mystery of the identity of the new Thor, the Odinson shows a new side to him, as a detective.
#7 - Thor versus the Destroyer! This battle is a slobber knocker. It does stylistically sing like the one with the frost giants in the previous arc. This o
The rest of the volume is the Thor annual with more stories about the different versions of Thor that ...more
The story really wasn't the best, but it was well done. The art is what really kept me going.
This volume suffers, though, from the publication of the Goddess of Thunder Annual. Rather than one over-stuffed stor ...more
Great Odin's raven, I'm enjoying this far more than expected. I should never doubt Jason Aaron.
This volume is pretty light on pages but dense with quality action, dialogue and character development. I actually feel for these characters.
The mystery surrounding the identity of the new Thor--and her journey of self-discovery--is a satisfying one that is impressively deep and connects us with her even ...more
(view spoiler)[So basically, Odin is a major tool in this volume. Even more so than the last. He goes bananas about Mjolnir not being under his "control" and resorts to getting it back "at any cost."
This obviously drives a wedge between him and Freyja, and further angers Thor. I mean "Prince Odinson" as he's now going by. The final straw is when Odin decides to send the Destroyer after the new Thor. At that point, Thor and Freyja bust ...more
But first, Jason Aaron kills me with a heart-tugger of a story. Damn those granddaughters.
Then Noelle Stevenson (of the acclaimed Lumberjanes) tells a tale of the recently-gender-swapped Thor that is perfectly in line with her oeuvre (translation: it's good, I like it).
Finally we get to the goods: wrestl ...more
Thanks to the Secret Wars event, the second half of the book is about various people who've been called "Thor" and is useless unless you're a fan of anything Thor-related.
The five stars are ...more