Thor # 5 Review: Behold, A New Age of Thunder
Was it just me or did Thor #5 feel like Marvel’s way of saying a big ‘We-don’t-care’ to all the people who don’t like the new Goddess of Thunder? Other than the fact that no one knows about the new hero’s identity, nothing much happened in the issue and I hope that changes soon.
After being disappointed by Thor #4 I was hesitant to pick the issue up. But I finally did, and read twenty-plus pages of writer Jason Aaron talking about how tough it is to be a female Thor. I’m all for a new Thor who is a woman, but it felt weird to me that in the Marvel Universe, where powerful women exist and play important roles, such an issue would even occur. I guess Aaron was addressing the complaints comic book fans had in the real world rather than the fictional world new Thor is a part of.
Agent Carter is an example of female characters trying to be taken seriously in a male dominated society, and Thor #5 seemed to be taking the same route. There was a weird fight sequence where Thor took on the Absorbing Man and Titania. The Absorbing Man kind of mirrored what I felt when I found out a female was taking up the name Thor. What I couldn’t understand was Titania standing down out of respect for Thor. Why would she do that? It’s not as if Thor is the only female superhero in the Marvel Universe. The whole thing felt kind of preachy to me.
The new Ms. Marvel works because Kamala Khan being a Muslim is just a part of her and not her whole identity as a person and as a hero. Her religion doesn’t come up in every issue and no one even knows about it either. They see her as a superhero and appreciate her for her deeds. With Thor it feels like the whole premise is built upon a female taking on a mantle from a man. I’m not saying that I didn’t enjoy the issue, just that the new Thor needs to bring more to the table rather than being a female Thor. The whole issue went more or less like this:
Odin: How dare a female take the hammer! She must be punished!
Ex-Thor: A female took my hammer!
Absorbing Man: A female took Thor’s hammer!
Thor: Yes, I picked up the hammer and I am a woman!
You see the pattern here? It’s all about a female wielding the hammer and various characters reacting to it. I want to see more depth in the main character and the plot, but by the looks of things, the pattern of ‘Oh! Thor-is-a-woman! Who-is-she?’ is set to continue in the upcoming issues.
I enjoyed the conversation Thor had with Freyja on the moon. I liked how the All-Mother advised Thor to be worthy of the name because Mjolnir isn’t loyal to anyone. I do hope Aaron gives a better story in the coming issues and lets readers see that the new Thor has more to give rather than just being the current owner of Mjolnir who happens to be a woman.
What did you think of Thor #5? Did you enjoy the art by Jorge Molina? Let us know!
Farid has a Masters in Psychology and an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Arousing the Legacy, Missing in Somerville, The Game Master of Somerville, and The Escaped Murderer of Somerville. He gives us insight on comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.
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