Issue #24 wraps up a long running story arc, and brings change for Thor, Roz Solomon, and Jane Foster.
Thor: God of Thunder #24 Offers
- An example of using grey and dark artwork throughout a story, and paying off with a contrasting setting for the final pages.
- A major insight for Thor’s character on destruction, and a major step forward for Jane Foster.
- Themes of Environment protection appear in this comic, which makes sense since Thor is a weather diety.
Bleak and grey backgrounds dominate the comic, and the destruction of Broxton deliberately stands as the background. Later, in the future, a verdant green field featuring Old King Thor stands out.
The vast majority of backgrounds in this comic are black and burnt buildings in front of grey skies. This town has been swept away. Houses, restaurants, post offices, community centres, and pubs have been burnt down to their foundations. These scenes are bleak, and sometimes difficult to look at. The art later depicts the homeless residents of the town, standing together, and surrounded by rubble.
In the distant future, the artwork of Old King Thor and his granddaughters striding across a flowing field of green grass and red flowers stands out – it’s a powerful image to end the comic.
Powerful woman drawn from Myth appear, and Thor experiences a heavy insight. Jane Foster receives new status in this comic book
Thor’s reflection that his every visit to Midgard results in destruction is a heavy insight.
living in the future, Thor finally achieves his goal of giving back to Midgard, and reversing the damage done to the Earth by various super heroes, aliens, and corporate leaders. His goal of restoration and care of the Earth is a long term goal.
Jane Foster is elevated. She is awarded a new position. Earth’s representative in the council of realms. Having just read one issue, it’s unclear how important this council is. Giving Foster this position of power is a great moment for character development.
Roz Solomon mistakes the Norse god Heimdall for a parking valet. Freya, Thor’s mother, and the All Mother (I’m used to hearing about Odin the All Father) is in charge of Asgard, and it’s good to see powerful female heroes here drawn directly from mythology.
As a weather deity, Thor takes on the role as protector of the Earth’s environment. Contrasting Roz Solomon and Thor against the shapeshifting CEO of ROXXON diesel fuel pushes the environment theme further.
It’s going to take a long time to rejuvenate the damage done to the earth today. This is clear from Old King Thor in the future presiding over a green Earth. The god of thunder will grow old before the damage done to the environment is finally reversed. He names rivers after Steve Rodgers, Jane Foster, and Roz Solomon. His friends.
Back in the present day, Thor is contrasted against a villain. The CEO of Roxxon, Dario Agger, shapeshifts into a brute minotaur. It makes sense that a villain who shape shifts into a Minotaur would use deception as his primary weapon. It fits into the basic Heroes Journey storytelling structure.
An evil CEO character attacking the environment isn’t original, however Agger’s arrogance and audacity are set at just the right level to entertain.
The arrogant diesel fuel selling tycoon makes for a relevant villain. Climate change denial is still a thing, which is alarming. And being a weather deity’, it makes sense that Thor’s comic book would contain this valuable discussion. An environment protection theme runs throughout Thor: God of Thunder comic books.
The comic is about to go an Hiatus until September. Thor’s journey continues in Original Sin: The Tenth Realm.
A popular culture reference: Not a reference, but an important point – the comic passes the Bechdel test: Jane Foster and Freya have a short conversation about the work they have ahead of them, and what they think of Roz Solomon
Thor: God of Thunder is published by Marvel Comics ($3.99 USD). Jason Aaron (W.) , Agustin Alessio pages 1-18 (A.), Esad Ribic pages 19-20 (A.), Ive Svorcina (C.) pages 19-20, VC’s Joe Sabino (L.) Cover artwork by Agustin Alessio.