Nature abhors a vacuum, so with Asgard inhabiting the earthly realm of Midgard, a new threat takes advantage of the vacancy it’s relocation has caused. Blood and destruction come with this conquering force, but will anyone realize what’s happening before it’s too late for Earth?
New series writer Matt Fraction and artist Pasqual Ferry waste absolutely no time in getting this story up and running. With some fans abhorring the vacuum created on the book when re-launch writer J. Michael Straczynski left, Fraction and Ferry arrive to give Thor an adrenaline shot with perfect timing and precision.
Bringing the characters (and book itself) back from the dead has been accomplished. Getting Thor integrated with the world around him and his new place in the big picture has also been covered. So too was the Siege of Asgard; leaving all future story lines with the freedom of not having to cater to Marvel’s “Events” just this second. There were obviously a couple of ways things could have gone in this case and, (luckily) for the fans, Thor #615 sees the book prove that it still has legs and that readers can be hopeful that some new great days have begun.
Not only does Fraction tell an interesting story here, he showcases a knowledge of what makes the characters fun to read about in the first place. His handling of Thor’s bickering with mortal counterpart Donald Blake is flawlessly executed and carries a great vibe, while his take on Thor’s no nonsense side is also perfection. Fraction’s Thor is the perfect blend of heroism, inspiration, leadership and maybe even a touch of melancholy thrown in to round things off. There are huge moments in this issue and there are quiet, personal moments too. Pasqual Ferry’s artwork ties the personality and grandeur of everyone in this story together, creating a fun book to read and an escalating excitement over things to come as each page gets turned.
I’ve made no secrets about my thoughts that this book was quickly sinking into mediocrity, so I can truthfully say that this is the Thor you want and love now that Fraction and Ferry have hit the ground running. Great story, great artwork, great read. Thor #615 may have just lined up the title’s sights on becoming the coolest book in the Marvel publishing line. This issue (and the team of creators behind it) have a charisma that work fantastically together; giving the reader a perfect taste of Marvel and the sheer fun that can be had when one of their heroes are handled so well.
With such a convergence of creators that know their craft and a top tier superhero like Thor, I feel just fine about giving this book the grade of an A and a high recommendation. Thor now has that excitement to it that the title of a God of Thunder should always carry, and it’s a very welcome return. When I closed this book all I could think of was how much I love comic books. I don’t think I can say anything better than that on the subject.