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Thor #10: Review

Feb 2019
Jason Aaron, Mike del Mundo

Story Name:

A Boy and His All-Father

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4 stars

Thor #10 Review by (February 13, 2019)

Review: Odd, the cover shows Thor and Odin sharing mead on the edge of the broken Bifrost; inside the comic though, all they do is fight and curse one another. And the issue is the culmination of all the changes Odin has been going through over the last several decades. He used to be portrayed as the wise and noble king of Asgard, a little too stern, a little too insensitive but generally he knew best even if Thor never thought so. Now what do we have? Odin wallowing in self-pity because his daddy didn't love him enough—and all of his decisions have been rooted in this deep emotional neediness and inability to deal with his emotions. Wonder if Jason Aaron gets along with his dad? Anyway, a strong and admirable character has degenerated into a miserable blustering loser. And with Thor growing less heroic over the years, I think we all lose. The best moment is the panorama: a single drawing showing Thor growing up and appealing to his father for attention or approval and Odin responding with disdain. It summarizes the entire issue without all of the nasty stuff.

Comments: Marco D'Alfonso contributed to the colors.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #10 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Weeks ago in the ruins of Asgardia, All-Father Odin, brooding over his failures as a god and a father, ordered his brother Cul Borson to infiltrate the Dark Elves as a way of redeeming himself; Cul suggested that Odin killing himself would be the easier option. Odin sent Cul to Svartalfheim but Cul vows that when he returns he is taking the crown.... Odin goes looking for mead from the dwarves and Thor arrives in need of replacement hammers. Against all of his better judgment, Odin picks a fight with Thor, mocking his love for the doomed Midgard; Thor tries to brush it off but Odin grabs him, insisting Thor can depart only with Odin's permission. Thor backhands him across the face, telling him to stay out of everyone's way; Odin clouts Thor with a hammer of his own. The two start exchanging blows as well as taunts while the blind Heimdall weeps....

In Jotunheim, Sir Stonesnow appears before giant King Laufey seeking justice: Loki has turned Stonesnow's son into a frog. Loki explains that it was in retaliation for the boy mocking the throne i.e. Loki, son of the king. Laufey tells Loki that if he would not be mocked he must stand up for himself and orders him to kill the frog. Loki refuses so Laufey squashes the frog and disowns Loki, ordering him out of the court. On his way out, Loki meets Malekith who tells him to be ready for the War of the Realms; Loki assures him he will be there. Malekith does not trust Loki (who does?) and dispatches some of his elves to assassinate the trickster....

As we see a panorama showing Thor growing up and his father Odin disdaining him, we return to the father-son slugging match. Odin is silently recalling his beatings at the hands of his father Bor, the only time he knew his father cared. Odin loves Thor but he doesn't know how to tell him. He has always known that Thor is a better god than he and resented him for it all these years. Odin tells Thor to go ahead and kill him and then he will finally be proud of him. Balder pulls Thor away from the old man and the Thunder God departs, rejecting his father....

Balder goes to New York to meet with Freyja who knows Thor now needs his mother....

Odin summons Tony Stark to talk to as someone who knows what rock bottom feels like....

Odin realizes that the only thing he ever taught his son was “to not be like me.”

Mike del Mundo
Mike del Mundo
Mike del Mundo
Mike del Mundo (Cover Penciler)
Mike del Mundo (Cover Inker)
Mike del Mundo (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Balder the Brave)

Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)

(Loki Laufeyson)


Plus: Laufey, Serpent (Cul Borson).

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