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The Mighty Thor #701: Review

Nov 2017
Jason Aaron, James Harren

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The Wrath of the Mangog

Review & Comments

3.5 stars

The Mighty Thor #701 Review by (November 18, 2017)
Comments: Bannered “Marvel Legacy: The Death of the Mighty Thor.” Neither Jane Thor or the Odinson appear in the issue. Karnilla and Balder have a love-hate relationship going on between them, which was a running thing in the comics for decades. I have no idea why Balder is in Hel; though he and the rest of the Norse pantheon were killed in an earlier Ragnarok (Thor 1998 series #85) he was restored with all the others and so far as I can learn has not died again. Roxxon's BERSERKERS were first seen in THOR (2015 series) #10. And the cover is not quite accurate in that it shows regular Mjolnir destroyed and not it Ultimate counterpart.

Review: What a bloody issue! Essentially it is Volstagg (beloved of readers for decades and only recently the bloodthirsty War Thor) being beaten to death by a giant monster. As such it is hard to sit through. Even worse is the suspicion that Jason Aaron wants to get the War Thor and the Ultimate Mjolnir—both of which he created—out of the comic so he doesn't have to worry about them again. Plus Aaron is once again making the series into an atheistic rant as he did with the God Butcher saga back in THOR GOD OF THUNDER; would someone tell him that pushing your religious views onto other people that it is just as annoying when unbelievers do it?


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

The Mighty Thor #701 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro
Image from The Mighty Thor #701

Mangog, the embodiment of the wrath of a long-dead race, is now the ultimate judgment of all the gods for the way they ignore and disappoint their worshipers. And now, Mangog is in old Asgard battling the War Thor (a/k/a Volstagg) and brutally beating him while spouting his rage and mockery at the hapless deity....

Elsewhere, in Vanaheim, the Realm is being bombed by Roxxon planes and Roxxon's BERSERKERS, warriors with Hulk-like abilities, are dropped in (without parachutes) as reinforcements....

Karnilla, Queen of the Norns, having been killed last issue, arrives in Niffleheim, the Land of the Dead. She is greeted by her old flame Balder. The reunion is brief because then the Realm is invaded by the Fire Goblins of Muspelheim....

The brutally beaten Volstagg grips the hammer and Mangog takes the hammer and Volstagg's right hand between his two claws and squeezes, shattering the Ultimate Mjolnir and pulping Volstagg's hand. The monster hurls his victim over the edge and demands to know where all the other Asgardians are. Volstagg, hanging on by his one good hand, refuses to talk. Malekith arrives and supplies Mangog with the answer he seeks and, once he is assured that Malekith is not a god, heads off to Asgardia. Malekith drives a knife into Volstagg's hand and the god drops away into space. The Dark Elf smiles over his success at remaking the worlds in his image....  

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James Harren
James Harren
Dave Stewart
Russell Dauterman (Cover Penciler)
Russell Dauterman (Cover Inker)
Matthew Wilson (Cover Colorist)

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