The Mighty Thor, Volume 4: The War Thor

The Mighty Thor, Volume 4: The War Thor

Who is the new Ultimate Thor? The Ultimate Universe's Thor died defending the Multiverse, but his hammer remains. Who wields it now? Ponder that question along with Jane Foster, the Mighty Thor, as she faces the Ultimate team-up! War is coming to the Ten Realms - and when the Queen of Cinders sets them ablaze, even the combined might of not one, not two, but three Thors ma...

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Title:The Mighty Thor, Volume 4: The War Thor
Author:Jason Aaron
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The Mighty Thor, Volume 4: The War Thor Reviews

  • Sheri

    I enjoy lady Thor, wish they'd bring it to the mcu to give Natalie Portman a better role.

  • Liz (Quirky Cat)

    Review to follow.

  • Dan

    War is coming to the ten realms thanks to the machinations of Malekith and Loki. When it comes to Nidavellir Volstagg finds himself caught up in events and it changes him utterly. He finds the Ultimate universe's Mjolnir and becomes the War Thor.

    With some other than Odinson being Thor, this is an exploration of what could happen if the wrong person wielded Mjolnir. Not by being a villain but by being so messed up they desperately want to use their power to destroy. It's a really clever idea and

    War is coming to the ten realms thanks to the machinations of Malekith and Loki. When it comes to Nidavellir Volstagg finds himself caught up in events and it changes him utterly. He finds the Ultimate universe's Mjolnir and becomes the War Thor.

    With some other than Odinson being Thor, this is an exploration of what could happen if the wrong person wielded Mjolnir. Not by being a villain but by being so messed up they desperately want to use their power to destroy. It's a really clever idea and is so well written, as always with Jason Aaron. What's more it turns Volstagg into a comedy supporting character into one messed up hero.

    The ongoing plot of the series bubbles away in the background too, with Jane Foster now considering leaving her human form and living permanently as Thor. The cancer plot here makes it so much deeper than simply a human taking on the mantle- Jane's story is both very human and very god-like. The confrontations in the various realms just get bigger and better and it feels like the first time that a writer has really used the full potential of having ten realms to play around with (there's ten now that Heven is a realm).

    Also included here is the special Generations comic, part of a series which sees current Marvel heroes meet the orginal incarnations of the hero. Here Jane Foster's Thor finds herself flung back in time to come face to face with the young Thor Odinson, before he was worthy to wield Mjolnir. Together, they help the Vikings battle Apocalypse, the powerful mutant, in Egypt. It's not a confrontation you might expect but it works very well and it's fun to see the interaction between the two characters.

    What I especially liked about this issue is that is ties-in perfectly with the series and therefore fits naturally into this volume. The Mighty Thor is still questioning whether to leave her old body behind and this encounter helps her to decide. The story could easily have been a throwaway piece of fun but Aaron makes great use of it so that it actually means something to the character involved.

    Another great volume of a superb series.

  • Robin

    I know I always say it, but the art is still great. It's really nice to have consistently beautiful images in a continuing series.

    I'm glad I read in advance that the War Thor hammer was an escapee from the Ultimate universe, because that... was not at all clear in the book itself. So I guess you'd have to be reading both Ultimate and main universes for that part to make sense?

    That being said, I liked the idea of the War Thor, and it was effective writing for it to be Volstagg. I'm a little conf

    I know I always say it, but the art is still great. It's really nice to have consistently beautiful images in a continuing series.

    I'm glad I read in advance that the War Thor hammer was an escapee from the Ultimate universe, because that... was not at all clear in the book itself. So I guess you'd have to be reading both Ultimate and main universes for that part to make sense?

    That being said, I liked the idea of the War Thor, and it was effective writing for it to be Volstagg. I'm a little conflicted about the process-- were the children fridged for his benefit? or was it a reasonable portrayal of the horrors of war?-- but it was an interesting plot arc with some badass fighting.

    I do hope they resolve the Jane-has-cancer storyline soon. I feel like they've been drawing that out-- it's mentioned once or twice a trade but nothing ever really seems to come of it.

  • Matt

    Collects The Mighty Thor issues #2-23

    The War Thor is front and center in this collection as we get his origin and his first confrontation with Thor. Meanwhile, the War of the Realms still looms.

  • Artemy

    The Ultimate Thor's hammer finally reaches

    hands and turns them into... The War Thor.

    After the previous volume, I was ready to drop Jason Aaron's Thor series because I was just not feeling it anymore. But then I found out that his story is coming to an end soon, and this fourth volume is supposed to be the penultimate one. Naturally, my inner completist couldn't resist. Unlike the previous

    , this volume wasn't bad, but for a book that was supposed to set

    The Ultimate Thor's hammer finally reaches

    hands and turns them into... The War Thor.

    After the previous volume, I was ready to drop Jason Aaron's Thor series because I was just not feeling it anymore. But then I found out that his story is coming to an end soon, and this fourth volume is supposed to be the penultimate one. Naturally, my inner completist couldn't resist. Unlike the previous

    , this volume wasn't bad, but for a book that was supposed to set the stage for the final act of the story it felt like a surprisingly unimportant bottle episode. So a certain character sees something upsetting, then accidentally finds the Ultimate Thor's hammer and becomes the War Thor. Then he fights the actual Thor for a while because he has all that rage. That's the entire story, and it's decidedly mediocre.

    There were some moments of levity and fun, plus yet another flashback to Odinson's earlier years, but really nothing we haven't seen before in this run. This volume is also a major bummer, because not a single issue goes by without Jane Foster mentioning that she's

    from

    , in case you forgot. No, comic, I didn't. I am just as bummed by that fact as you are, and I don't know why you're putting her through this instead of solving the entire thing with Asgardian magic and Pym particles. Look, I know this is the entire thing behind Jane Foster's Thor, but people die from cancer in real life every day, and it's sad and unfair and awful. Why do we have to go through this in a comic full of gods, magicians and superheroes is beyond me.

    It's sad to see Jason Aaron's otherwise spectacular Thor run going out on such a low note. I really hope that the series will redeem itself with the final book, just like Aaron's Doctor Strange did. More than that, I hope that Jason Aaron would ease off a bit and maybe take a break after writing so many Marvel comics for so many years. His writing feels so burned out lately, like he's lost his unique creative voice. This volume could have been written by any half-decent writer, and that's just not the level of quality I expect from such a talented creator.

  • Blair Conrad

    Better than the previous volume, but the war is still moving pretty slowly. Unlike many here, I enjoyed Jane's solution to the problem of the War Thor, and I like how she's wrestling with the concept of self and how to live out her remaining days, but I am about ready for her to be cured. Unless it means she gives up Mjolnir.

  • Willie Krischke

    Volstagg, or War Thor, kicks some ass, including the Enchantress, who hangs a lampshade on it all. meanwhile, Jane Foster is dying. War Thor does battle with Sindr the fire demon, and tries to destroy all of Muspelheim, but Jane Foster Thor stops him, because even fire demon babies are kind of cute. Foster Thor transports them to the yawning void, and they get ready to fight it out. Battle Royale in the yawning void. And then unworthy Thor shows up and lets Foster Thor know that War Thor is actu

    Volstagg, or War Thor, kicks some ass, including the Enchantress, who hangs a lampshade on it all. meanwhile, Jane Foster is dying. War Thor does battle with Sindr the fire demon, and tries to destroy all of Muspelheim, but Jane Foster Thor stops him, because even fire demon babies are kind of cute. Foster Thor transports them to the yawning void, and they get ready to fight it out. Battle Royale in the yawning void. And then unworthy Thor shows up and lets Foster Thor know that War Thor is actually Volstagg, and she acts all surprised, which is hard to believe - that’s clearly Vosltagg in that armor. I guess this is a Clark Kent glasses moment. Jane Foster puts down the hammer and becomes bald chemo Jane Foster, who appeals to War Thor as a frail woman, and he gives up the hammer.

    It feels like it's time for Jane Foster to give up the hammer - Aaron isn't finding anything new to do with the character at this point. Or maybe it's time for Aaron to give up Thor altogether. It's been a pretty good run, but it feels played out.

  • Sean Thompson

    Female Thor spends yet another volume preaching that fighting is bad and contemplating if being alive is really worth it. Odinson remains in a stagnant love triangle. Malekith continues to brood over the “War of Realms” that never seems to come. The story has not moved one smallest bit since The God of Thunder arc ended six volumes ago. Just end this female Thor nonsense and re-focus on actual storytelling. The Generations comic is the highlight here.

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