Thor: Son of Asgard #12 Review


Reviewer: Andy Campbell
Story Title: Worthy (part 3)

Writer: Akira Yoshida
Pencils: Greg Tocchini
Color: Guru eFX
Letters: VC’s Randy Gentile
Cover Artist: Jo Chen
Production: Jerry Kalinowski
Editor: MacKenzie Cadenhead
Consulting Editor: Ralph Macchio
Publisher: Dan Buckley (Marvel Comics)

What Akira Yoshida has done with Thor Son of Asgard is present, simply, the
best Thor stories we’ve seen in a long while. If you didn’t know, the series
deals with a young Thor—along with Sif, Balder, Loki, and all the other
Asgardians—and how he deals with growing up in the shadow of his father
Odin, the All-Father. The "Worthy" story arc sees Sif captured by
Storm Giants; a raging Thor barges into the trophy room and grabs the Uru hammer
Mjolnir, which he has thus far been unable to lift, and runs off in search of
Sif—all without realizing the significance of what he’s just done! When
he finally finds Sif, however, she is in the clutches of the Goddess of Death,

This issue unfolds what happens when Thor confronts Hela, attempting to save
Sif’s life. Yoshida has such a feel for these characters that their dialogue,
and actions, feel just right. While the dialogue in this issue is very emotional—most
of it dealing with love, courage, etc.—it’s the moments where there is
no dialogue that are the most powerful. While I won’t give those away
(because I want YOU to read it!), I will say that you really feel the emotions
of those moments.

Tocchini’s art is a perfect fit for this book, as he conveys all the proper
feelings of the story, while still maintaining the "young" aspect
of the book. The color by Guru eFX is also notable, especially in the rendering
of Hela in an eerie green light. Accompanied by a tremendous cover by Jo Chen,
this is one good-looking book.

I urge you to read this title if you are, or ever have been, a fan of Thor.
It has been a long time since we’ve seen the essence of Thor captured as well
as it is in this book. Grab the digest, grab the three issues of this story
arc…whatever; just grab this book!