[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
The War of the Realms is over, and there is much to do if Asgard will ever return to glory. Odin himself has named his son, Thor, the new All-Father of Asgard, and the God of Thunder knows not what to do now that he has this all-important role. Freyja looks for her son, Loki, while the God of Mischief begins his reign as King of Jotunheim. Meanwhile, in Hel, Hela and Karnilla decide how best to punish the now-deceased Malekith.
Thor #14 is another comic that takes place in the direct fallout of War of the Realms, as Thor and the other Aesir and Vanir try to pick up the pieces and start something new with what is left of the Ten Realms.
In many ways, it’s plot is quite similar to that of the War of the Realms Omega, as Thor #15, like the Omega, puts some spotlight on Jane Foster’s transformation into a Valkyrie and Loki’s new role as God of Jotunheim.
That said, it puts far more attention on Thor and Malekith. Thor must decide what Asgard must become, and that is no small task. Odin and Freyja want to be supportive, but they don’t know what their son has planned. Meanwhile, Hela and Karnilla must come up with a new punishment for Malektih that will actually break through the Dark Elf’s sadistic shell and hurt the creature within.
Thor #15 provides a lot of character work in that way, and it makes the comic quite compelling. We get to see how our confident Thunder God reacts to a crown while we get to the core of Malekith of Svartalfheim.
Mike del Mundo gives a good representation to it all. The opening splash page (shown above) tells you all you need to know about Thor’s headspace now that the war has ended and his reign as king as begun. The rest of the comic follows suit, and Del Mundo and Marco D’Alfonso’s color work has always been phenomenal and doesn’t disappoint here in the slightest.
Thor #15 plays a strong follow-up to War of the Realms, showing what will become of Thor, Malekith, Loki, Odin, Jane Foster, Asgard, and the other Nine Realms now that the war has ended. It’s a compelling read and is easily worth a recommendation. Check it out.
Thor #15 comes to us from writer Jason Aaron, artist and cover artist Mike del Mundo, color artists Mike del Mundo and Marco D’Alfonso, letterer VC’s Joe Sabino, and variant cover artists Mike McKone with Nolan Woodard.
Final Score: 8/10