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Review – Thor: The Worthy #1 (Marvel Comics)

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Thor: The Worthy #1

Writers: Walter Simonson, Tom DeFalco, Ron Frenz, Kathryn Immonen
Pencils: Mike Hawthorne, Tom DeFalco, Ron Frenz, Tom Reilly
Inks: Sal Buscema, Keith Williams
Colorists: Tamra Bonvillain, Rachelle Rosenberg, Chris O’Halloran
Letterers: John Workman, VC’s Clayton Cowles
Publisher: Marvel
Maturity Rating: T+
Release Date: December 4th, 2019

Thor: The Worthy #1 collects three plots from multiple characters and creatives that have famously been involved with Thor’s story up until now.

 

A Memorable Reunion in Thor: The Worthy #1

In celebration of all the fears that Marvel and Thor have accomplished, Marvel has decided to put out one seriously memorable issue. Enter Thor: The Worthy #1. This issue brings together some of our favorite contributors to the world of Thor while giving others a chance to shine as well.

Writers Walter Simonson, Tom DeFalco, Ron Frenz, and Kathryn Immonen are all back for this single issue. And, apparently, their stories aren’t done. In Thor: The Worthy #1 you’re going to find three different stories.

Thor: The Worthy #1 (Marvel Comics) main cover by Kim Jacinto
Thor: The Worthy #1 (Marvel Comics) main cover by Kim Jacinto

Fan favorites such as Beta Ray Bill, Eric Masterson, and Sif all are given a chance to shine in this issue. And it might just leave fans wishing that they all had their own series. Then again, when don’t we feel that way?

Beyond the Field We Know

Writing

Thor: The Worthy #1 is split into three parts, as I mentioned above. The first part is “Beyond the Field We Know…” and is written by Walter Simonson. This is probably one of the plots that fans have been most looking forward to. After all, Simonson is a big name in the world of Thor.

Beta Ray Bill and Lady Sif in the same plot? Yes, please! It’s wonderful to see these two together again, and all thanks to the writing of Simonson. This plot is fun and charming and honestly feels right at home with the lore of Thor.

Art

And then there’s the artwork for this story. Mike Hawthorne (pencils), Sal Buscema (inks), Tamra Bonvillain (colors) and John Workman (letters) all had a part to play here. And they make for a fantastic team, if I may say so.

Hearts of Stone, Feet of Clay

Writing

The dynamic duo Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz stepped up to work on the next plot in this issue, “Hearts of Stone, Feet of Clay”, and it’s another heavy hitter for this creative team. This plot is the embodiment of the struggles any character has had to deal with when trying to carry the mantle.

Fans of Eric Masterson are going to love this short story, if for no other reason than getting a chance to see him again. The whole plot is steeped in some glorious nostalgia, though. Both the writing and the artwork feel like complete throwbacks, and that sort of fits the character.

Art

DeFalco and Frenz were the lead artists as well as authors, and they worked alongside Keith Williams (ink), Rachelle Rosenberg (colors) and VC’s Clayton Cowles (letters) They all did a brilliant job of making this look like a comic from the past. Honestly, I actually had to double-check the artists and release date, because it could have fooled me!

Rule for Reflection

Writing

The last plot in Thor: The Worthy #1 touches upon the most recent character to pick up the mantle of Thor: Jane Foster. Don’t worry, though; Lady Sif makes her cameo as well. “Rule for Reflection” was written by Kathryn Immonen and is but a moment in time for Jane’s run as Thor.

Where the other two plots might have been more somber, this one had more amusing tones woven throughout. And that’s thanks in part to a subplot that occurred early on in Jane’s series (fans can probably make a few guesses as to what). And that made it the perfect ending to this collection.

Art

Tom Reilly (art) Chris O’Halloran (colors), and Cowles (letters) were all involved as well, and while this artwork is probably the most modern-looking plot of the bunch, it still seems to fit in well with the others.

Conclusion

Thor: The Worthy #1 is an interestingly-timed issue when you consider everything that has happened and will be happening in Thor’s plot arc. Seeing all the different Thor mantles and characters in one issue like this was fun, and might even leave people wondering what will be next for Thor.


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Cat Wyatt

Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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