By Roger Langridge (writer), Chris Samnee (artist), Matthew Wilson (colorist)
The Story: Jane Foster, curator of the Norse department of the Bergen War Memorial Museum, finds her life taking a turn for the weird when she runs into a homeless man with a powerful, mythic secret.
The Good: What an interesting, charming comic! What Christopher Nolan did for DC in the movie Batman Begins, I feel like Roger Langridge has done for Thor with this comic. It’s a relaunch of the franchise and a reimagining of the character that stays true to the classic origins of Thor while placing his story in a more contemporary setting. And the best part by far is that it doesn’t require you to have any working knowledge of Thor continuity to appreciate it. You can come to this comic cold turkey and get the jist well enough to want to come back for the next issue. I applaud Langridge’s decision to write this comic from Jane Foster’s perspective; I hate to say it but I’d never appreciated her as a serious character until I’d read this issue, and now I’d genuinely love to know more about her provided Langridge was writing her. Also, it’s interesting to read about Thor from the perspective of one of his supporting cast. Thor’s very presence in our world seems more… I dunno, alien when viewed through her eyes. And yet, his humanity seems more poignant from Foster’s perspective. I think the most amusing and touching moment came early on when Thor was being restrained by the security guards and grinned amicably when Jane asked him to drop his walking stick. In a way, this comic seems to be less about Thor than about how he is viewed by Humanity, and I rather like that. Samnee’s art is a delight to look at; light-hearted and animated, it reminds me of Bruce Timm’s work on the Batman animated series, and I mean that in an incredibly good way. If and when the action picks up on this book, this is definitely the kind of comic that I would be happy to share with younger readers, and one that I think they would enjoy.
The Not So Good: My only complaint here was that this was an awfully slow issue to work through. There really wasn’t much happening here, and little plot to be advanced. Based on these considerations, it would be understandably hard for the casual reader to want to pick up the second issue. I’m hoping that Thor’s presence in his own book was grow in successive issues; at the very least, I hope his presence in the book will be more balanced with Jane’s on air time because while I enjoy her character, I still need and want to see Thor lay the godly smackdown on things to get my entertainment value out of the book. Sorry, but I’m tawdry like that.
Conclusion: I’m really intrigued by what I think this comic has to offer and am willing to stick around for a few issues to see where it takes me. Samnee’s art is dynamic and fun, and Langridge seems ready to reimagine Thor for a new generation. I’m willing to give him a chance to make that happen!