By J. Michael Straczynski (writer), Olivier Coipel (pencils), Mark Morales (inks), Laura Martin (colors)

At last! The showdown we’ve been waiting for: The town meeting in Nebraska! As short as it is, we’re treated to a bunch of laughs and comedic dialogue. From there, we’re shown how the people in this rural town have interacted their new “neighbors”. It’s a series of short, intimate moments that brings a lot of humanity to the story.

Mixing gods among men is a concept that’s been done for thousands of years, but the modern spin Straczynski gives us is fascinating. It’s fresh, modern, and original. Eventually, these moments give way to the heart of the matter: Thor’s predicament. He wants the gods to tread down a new path, not the old ways of his father, Odin. In the end, he makes a decision, for better or worse, regarding the rest of his “slumbering” brethren. And Loki? She’s up to something…

JMS does a wonderful job portraying the adjustment of the townspeople and the Asgardians. As light-hearted as they are, the interactions feel sincere. Olivier Coipel and Mark Morales’ will mesmerize your eyes with their art. From the most mundane images of people hanging out in a diner to the grandiose shot of Asgard, there’s not a panel in this book that isn’t beautiful. Laura Martin also deserves a lot of credit with her coloring. Her work throughout this series has been consistently stunning. When Thor flies off into the clouds, it’s a sight to behold. This team, is perhaps, one of the most gifted working in comics right now.

Notably absent from this book is the opening page that explains what’s happened in previous issues. I’m not sure why it was omitted, but it would have been a welcome addition considering how this book has been delayed for months! Otherwise, this is the best issue of Thor yet. (Grade: A)

– J. Montes