Review: Thor #615

Published on September 24th, 2010

Poor Thor. The guy has gone through so much in the last several years. First, Asgard was destroyed, and then he rebuilt it on Earth only to be destroyed again. If that wasn’t enough Thor had to deal with some writers that weren’t necessarily bad, but they didn’t quite hold up to the standards of J Michael Straczynski. Now with that all behind him Thor can once again try to build up Asgard with new writer Matt Fraction.

thor615I was really looking forward to Fraction writing Thor, do I really need to bring up Invincible Iron Man or Uncanny X-Men? I’ve read this book twice now, and I’m still not sure how I feel. The story starts off with a scientist, Dr. Eric Solvang, who is speaking to Asgard’s greatest scientific mind in a diner. The scientist is attempting to explain his theories about multiple universes which is going over the head of Asgard’s scientist. Dr. Solvang attempts to use analogies involving coffee creamer dispensers, but nothing is working, but the bottom line is with Asgard sharing the same space as Earth, what is in the space where Asgard used to be?

This is where I start to lose interest, the book now jumps to this alien world where the inhabitants look like something out of Avatar (that alone makes me want to lose interest) and then they’re suddenly being attacked by these other red aliens who are obviously only interested in conquering the universe. I get this sequence is a plot device and they’re eluding to these red conquering aliens being the next big antagonist for Thor, but I’m just really not interested in seeing The God of Thunder fight space monsters.

So now we’re halfway through the book when we finally see Thor (I know it’s halfway because it’s where you can see the staples holding the book together) and now I’m paying attention again. Thor is off by himself when Sif shows up and Thor immediately blows her off because he’s sad about Loki being dead, which is understandable to an extent, but even Donald Blake calls Thor on acting like a jerk. The conversation between Donald and Thor is probably the highlight of this issue, I thought Fraction did a really good job showing how frustrating it must be for these two to have to share space in the universe when they both lead very demanding lives. The conversation goes really quick and you can tell how easily they get annoyed with each other.

Then Thor heads back to what’s left of Asgard where everyone is trying to rebuild when he’s told that King Balder has “lost his composure” and resigned himself to the ruins of the throne room. This scene is another highlight of the book I really enjoyed how instead of coddling Balder Thor grabs Balder by his shirt and tells him he needs to forget about any guilt he has because he’s the King and he needs to stand up and lead his people. The issue ends in the diner where the great scientific mind of Asgard is revealed to be Volstagg who agrees that Dr. Solvang’s theories should be presented to Thor, after it is explained to Volstagg one more time using pies as the metaphor.

I’m really on the fence with this book, on the one hand I think the dialog is great and the character details are really going to lead to something, but the story as a whole? I’m not so sure on. I gotta trust Matt Fraction though if anybody can pull this off, he can, and I’m sure he’s going to lead this book somewhere very entertaining. I’m gonna stick with this book, at least for a while

Ken Zeider