[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
Former S.H.I.E.L.D agent Roz Solomon is now an Agent of Wakanda. She was recruited by Black Panther to join his Avengers support team, and her mission is to investigate Malekith’s mission to start the War of the Realms. Her mission has led her to a townhouse in Queens where she’s detected Svartalfheim swamp gas. Roz goes into investigate, and she finds a cadre of dark elves, a troll, and an angry frost giant. She’s unwilling to call for backup, but can Roz stop these creatures from completing their mysterious and nefarious quest?
Thor #9 focuses upon Roz Solomon, with Thor himself barely making an appearance in the book. It’s Roz against many mystical beasts from across the realms, and the odds aren’t in her favor.
A nice detail is that it’s a great companion read to this week’s Avengers #12, also by Jason Aaron, which has a full explanation of the Avengers support team and the Agents of Wakanda.
The comic is a decent dive into the character of Roz, who hasn’t been much of a focus in Thor comics for some time. She is still shaken by what went down in Broxton and her spurned relationship with Thor himself. This isn’t helped by her proximity to Thor now that she works with the Avengers.
Dario Agger shows up again in this issue too, and he is as insufferable and scummy as ever.
My main complaint is the artwork of Mike del Mundo. Art isn’t objective, and there are surely people who quite enjoy his art style. That said, I can’t get into it, and it’s often difficult to parcel out the page due to his linework and use of color. There are panels sprinkled throughout that I do think are genuinely good, though. That said, the broad majority of the book just doesn’t gel for me.
Thor #9 spotlights the character of Roz Solomon and her work in trying to prevent the War of the Realms. It’s a fairly entertaining issue with some solid character work. If you’re into Roz and the artwork of Mike del Mundo, then you’ll surely enjoy this book, and you should feel free to check it out.
Thor #9 comes to us from writer Jason Aaron, artist and cover artist Mike del Mundo, letterer VC’s Joe Sabino, and variant cover artists Greg Smallwood and Phil Noto.