Matt Fraction has arrived in Asgard, let all comic fans rejoice!
Fraction starts his tenure on Thor with one of the strongest issues to come out of “The House of Ideas” in a while. The story gets rolling right away with a question that has been hanging out in my head and probably the head’s of many other Thor fans. If Asgard is on Midgard (Earth), what is in the space where Asgard used to be? This question is going to be the driving force behind Fraction’s arc because, as we all know, nature abhors a vacuum. Something is going to make the nine realms whole again, whether the realms like it or not.
Fraction also takes this chance to help define Thor’s personality. In his one-shot and Secret Invasion: Thor, Fraction depicted Thor as kind of an asshole, and that side of Thor could not be more fitting right now. Here is a guy who was dethroned, exiled, had his home destroyed, lost his brother, and had to battle through Hell itself to save the Asgardian dead. I would be pretty pissed about life too, especially if the man who replaced you as king was starting to falter as a leader. I really look forward to seeing this new, more animated Thor.
And then there is Pasqual Ferry’s art. I have loved the past few artists that have worked on Thor but there is something about Ferry’s art the that launches him above the rest. His style hearkens back to Kirby and Simonson by combining the fantasy and the sci-fi elements of Thor’s universe. He even made subtle changes to Thor’s costume that bring it more in line with the sci-fi/fantasy fusion that I have always loved about Thor. Ferry’s true debut in this book though is his two page spread of the arrival of the Asagardian’s new adversary. This spread is jaw-droppingly awesome and just screams Jack Kirby.
If you are a Thor fan, this issue is required in your collection. If you have never read Thor before, this is the perfect place to jump on. It is only going to get better from here.