Mjolnir lies on the moon, unable to be lifted! Something dark has befallen the God of Thunder, leaving him unworthy for the first time ever! But when Frost Giants invade Earth, the hammer will be lifted — and a mysterious woman will be transformed into an all-new version of the mighty Thor! Who is this new Goddess of Thunder? Not even Odin knows, but she may be Earth’s only hope against the Frost Giants! Get ready for a Thor like you’ve never seen before, as this all-new heroine takes Midgard by storm! Plus: The Odinson clearly doesn’t like that someone else is holding his hammer — it’s Thor vs. Thor! And Odin, desperate to see Mjolnir returned, will call on some very dangerous, very unexpected allies. It’s a bold new chapter in the storied history of Thor!
Collects Thor (2014) #1-5.
A Brief History:
All right, I may have cheated a little bit by choosing Thor Vol. 1: The Goddess Of Thunder for the 2017 Book Reading Challenge. This is not a book in the normal sense, although if it weren’t for comics at a young age, I’d probably still hate reading today.
Also, in my defense, one of the items on the book challenge was to pick something in the backlist of a new favorite author. So I chose Jason Aaron’s first Thor arc because:
A. I hadn’t read it
B. Jason Aaron is one of my favorite comic book writers
Forget everything you ever knew about the God of thunder, because Thor Vol. 1: The Goddess Of Thunder changes everything!
This is the arc that introduced the comic world to a brand new and mysterious Thor. And let me tell you, even if you now know who she is, Goddess of Thunder is still worth reading. This trade has sooooo much going on, it’s crazy.
This book not only introduces the new Thor, but it gives us one of the best supporting casts in comics. We get a borderline crazy version of Odin, a kick-ass Thor mom, and a Lady Sif who is tired of taking the Odinson’s crap. And did I mention the old Thor lost an arm?
Final word and Score:
Without a doubt, Thor Vol. 1: The Goddess Of Thunder is one of my favorite Thor stories ever. The art by Russell Dauterman and Jorge Molina is gorgeous, giving each character a distinct personality. The story by Jason Aaron turned out to be much more than I expected, and will keep you coming back for more.
I’ve been reading the current Thor book for a couple of months, but now I wish I started from the beginning. Thanks goodness Goddess of Thunder came to my rescue.
Thor Vol. 1: The Goddess Of Thunder gets an: A
And just like that, another item is crossed off the 2017 reading challenge: