Thor #3 Review: When the Ice Lords Make War
Thor returned this month with an exciting and action-packed issue 3. I don’t know about you all, but I’m really enjoying the new female Thor, or as I like to call her, Mama Thor! She’s a ‘Goddess of Thunder’ that doesn’t bow down in front of her enemies. With the events that took place in this issue things have just started to grow worse for her and I can’t wait to see how she handles them.
When Thor separated from her hammer in issue 2 I was excited to see how she fared in battle with the humongous frost giants. Turns out she didn’t need the hammer to take down them down. Even though one of them froze and then swallowed her, she was able to break free and beat them up with their own weapons and it was awesome!
The issue started with a little history lesson about why the frost giants wanted the skull of their dead king back from Earth. As I mentioned in my previous review I don’t feel invested in the main plot playing out in the series. I just don’t find myself caring about the war the frost giants are ready to start over some legendary skull.
The only thing I’m enjoying about the new series is Mama Thor and her bond with Mjolnir. Seeing her take down all of her enemies was a treat to watch. There’s also a ‘motherly’ side to the new Thor and that’s what makes her enjoyable to read. She’s the All-Mother and her pride is evident when she threatens her enemies. She didn’t relent in front of Malekith when he showed her the arm he tore off her son before he left him to die. Jason Aron is doing a wonderful job with the series. It is fun to see Mama Thor’s being uncertain and confused during her inner monologues even though she puts up a brave face.
There’s also a sense of misogyny throughout the series. Odin berated Thor in her debut and her enemies taunted her for being a female. Seeing her prove them wrong was a testament to the fact that she’s not to be taken lightly. She can easily defeat frost giants like the previous Thor, and they should be afraid of her.
The issue ended with her destroying the legendary skull and Malekith warning her about the up-coming war because of what she had done. Again, I don’t care about the plot. I just want to see her beat up bad guys and make them learn not to make fun of women.
Next issue looks exciting because the original Thor, let’s call him Baby Thor, came to take his hammer back. I don’t know if Baby Thor understands how Mjolnir actually works or if he’s deliberately ignoring the fact that the hammer decides who’s worthy enough to wield it.
Mjolnir choose Freyja for a reason and I don’t think the hammer is done with her yet. She still needs to accomplish something important before the male Thor can even think of taking the hammer back from her. I don’t know what her ‘real’ mission is supposed to be but I’m more than happy to stay on for the ride. I hope Mama Thor reveals her true identity to her own son and that helps in strengthening their bond.
Have you read Thor #3 yet? Do you think Mama Thor will be able to defeat Baby Thor in battle? Let us know!
Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.
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