[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
Doctor Doom has returned to Earth with a legion of monsters at the end of time. He only recently discovered the planet’s resurrection at the hands of All-Father Thor, and he intends to see the world return to its rest. Thor and Old Man Phoenix (Wolverine possessed by the Phoenix Force) come back home to defend it against Doom, who has the powers of the Starbrand, Iron Fist, Ghost Rider, and the Sorcerer Supreme.
Meanwhile, the Daughters of Thunder, Thor’s granddaughters, duel Fin Fang Foom and the other monsters. Across the universe, the battle between Ego the Living Planet and a worm continues.
Jason Aaron and Christian Ward perform a remarkable act of further Marvel myth-making with Thor #6. We are given a story at the end of time between Thor and Wolverine, both bearing unimaginable power, and Doctor Doom, perhaps the greatest villain in the Marvel Universe.
It uses what has already been established—the Odinforce/Thorforce, the Phoenix Force, the power of the Immortal Iron Fist, the mantle of Sorcerer Supreme, the Starbrand, and the Spirit of Vengeance—and crafts an epic tale of preserving hope against nihilism at the end of all things.
It plays out like a myth of old, culminating in a 99-year battle in the core of the Earth between Thor and Doctor Doom, which is just a plain damn awesome idea.
Also, the duel between Ego and the worm concludes in a manner that I didn’t quite expect.
I’m almost disappointed that Thor #7 seems to return to the present day. Aaron and Ward are giving the reader some amazing material with the All-Father Thor story.
Ward’s artwork is quite ethereal, but it is solid and coherent enough as to give the story needed clarity. Like Aquaman #41, which also came out this week, the cover of Thor #6 teases the reader with a recent and incredible artist in the Thor canon, this time being Esad Ribic. That said, Christian Ward does some damn good work and has an enticingly wild eye for color art.
Thor #6 brings a truly climactic war between two of Marvel’s greatest heroes and one of its fiercest rogues. It’s a fun and epic read and is most certainly worthy of a recommendation. Check this one out.
Thor #6 comes to us from writer Jason Aaron, artist Christian Ward, letterer VC’s Joe Sabino, cover artist Esad Ribic, and variant cover artists Sujin Jo and Richard Isanove.