By J. Michael Straczynski (writer), Marko Djurdjevic (pencils), Danny Miki (inks), Jelena Kevic Djurdjevic (colors)

Years from now, I wonder if I’ll look back on Thor #7 with the same awe I have for it now. This issue not only serves as the sequential debut of Marko Djurdjevic as a Marvel artist, but it also contains one of the best Thor stories I’ve read in a long time. Do not miss this issue. It is, without a doubt, the best comic book you’ll buy this week.

Thor’s spent the last months expending his power and resources awakening his brethren and restoring Asgard. With his power nearly depleted, he’s turned to his father’s chamber – a tomb or coffin like structure, that will allow him to regain his strength over an untold amount of time.  As Thor enters his hibernation state, Donald Blake reemerges, taking up a personal quest of his own. Meanwhile, Thor journeys into the netherworld where he encounters (at last), Odin. What plays out here is a stirring fable that builds on Asgardian mythos while exploring the father / son relationship that has haunted Odin for so long.

With The Twelve and now Thor, J. Michael Straczynski’s on one hell of a roll. The way this story flows – the intricacies of Odin’s narrative and the hard hitting themes of sons abandoning their fathers – are all done to perfection.  We all know Marko Djurdjevic is a fantastic cover artist, an his debut as a storyteller is nothing less than stunning. I love Olivier Coipel’s art, but this month, I honestly didn’t miss him. Hell, I could only hope to have Djurdjevic on this book on a monthly basis, but I’ll take what I can get. With this book seemingly back on schedule, I’m very excited to see what comes next. (Grade: A+)

– J. Montes