Thor and Valkyrie Against The Angels Of Heven in Thor #8

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

Thor and Valkyrie have been taken by the angels of Heven. The two Asgardians entered this realm with the intent of saving Thor’s sister, Angela, from the other angels. Things didn’t go smoothly though, as the angels immediately took Thor and Valkyrie to prison cells and began tormenting them. Thor did find Angela though, as she is in the cell next to his. Meanwhile, back on Earth, Jane Foster and Freyja worry about the intensity at which Thor is working himself to stop the coming War of the Realms. Plus, Odin begins aiding Screwbeard in making hammers for Thor, and Black Panther and Iron Man of the Avengers grow concerned about the potential War of the Realms too.

Thor #8 cover by Mike del Mundo
Thor #8 cover by Mike del Mundo

Thor #8, as is surely apparent from that description, returns to the grand plot of the “War of the Realms.” Thor and Valkyrie seek to gather allies such as Angela, Screwbeard and Odin arm Thor, and Jane and Freyja begin devising plans to help.

It’s a very strange issue in terms of tone. Thor’s incarceration is played for laughs at times, but the comic also makes it clear that he is in immense pain thanks to the sadistic denizens of Heven, whom also play on Thor’s anxieties and self-doubt.

This all culminates in a grand prison break that is quite cathartic and fun, and kudos to the Jason Aaron for concluding this leg of the plot in a single issue.

Thor #8 art by Mike del Mundo and letterer VC's Joe Sabino
Thor #8 art by Mike del Mundo and letterer VC’s Joe Sabino

This brings us to the art of Mike del Mundo. Art is highly subjective and tastes vary, but my biggest gripe with the current Thor title is the art. It’s weirdly cartoonish, hard to interpret at times, and has a strange mixture of characters that have parts that look flat and others deep. The color work is wild and kind of wonderful at times, but it also adds to the confounding visuals. The best example of this problem is the opening page, shown above, which also shows how the visuals contribute to the strange tone. Needless to say, I’m not a fan.

Thor #8 is a rather strange issue in terms of both narrative and visuals. The tone wavers, the visuals are at various points both frustrating and confusing, but the plot is a great bit fun once it gets rolling. I can recommend the comic to a point, but the caveats are many. Feel free to check it out, but temper your expectations.

Thor #8 comes to us from writer Jason Aaron, artist and cover artist Mike del Mundo, letterer VC’s Joe Sabino, and variant cover artists Kaare Andrews, Marko Djurdjevic, and Patrick Zircher with Dean White.

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