Comic Review: Thors #1

Thors #1
Jason Aaron, Chris Sprouse, Karl Story, Marte Garcia & Joe Sabino
Marvel Comics
June 17, 2015

There’s a new police force in Marvel Comics and it’s one mighty group. They’re known as the Thors Corps and they serve their All-father, the omnipotent Dr. Victor Von Doom! Yeah, you know, that Dr. Doom of villainy and the arch nemesis of Mr. Fantastic.

What’s left of the world is a planet that was created by Dr. Doom and Dr. Strange, two of the most powerful beings in the Marvel U. Together, they pieced together fragments of all of the other universes and created what is known as Battleworld.

A map of Battleworld. (Photo credit: superherotype.com)

A map of Battleworld. (Photo credit: superherotype.com)

The world is divided up into various domains, or territories, and a baron governs each domain. Every baron then reports to God, also known as Doom. Doctor Strange, now going by “Sheriff,” is in charge of the Thors Corps, the police force of Battleworld, which is full of Thors from parallel universes or others found worthy to wield parallel versions of Mjolnir.

As the name implies, this series is full of different Thors. You have the Thor from the Ultimate universe (Earth-1610, also known as Thunderer Thorlief), Beta Ray Bill Thor (a horse-faced alien who is one of the few able to pick up Thor’s hammer), Stormborn (Storm from the X-Men) and Throg (a frog Thor).

Thors Corps member, Throg. (Photo credit: bamsmackpow.com)

Thors Corps member, Throg. (Photo credit: bamsmackpow.com)

If you asked me, based off of this first issue, who my favorite Thor in the Thors Corps is, I’d have to say Groot Thor. Sticking to his shtick, he still can only mutter one phrase: “I am Thor.”

But if you ask me, his name should’ve been “Leif.” Cue the rim shot.

The series starts off with a group of Thors investigating a string of murders across Battleworld. All of the murders have one thing in common: they’re all women, and their name happens to be Jane Foster. Which is interesting because she’s usually the love interest of Thor in both the comic books and in films.

Thors Corps member, Groot Thor. (Photo credit: forums.marvelheroes.com)

Thors Corps member, Groot Thor. (Photo credit: forums.marvelheroes.com)

It’s important to note that all of the inhabitants of Battleworld, except for a select few, are unaware of their past. This is odd, because why would all of the Thors call Thunderer Thorlief the Ultimate Thor, meaning he’s the Thor of the Ultimate universe, if they have no memories of their past lives? How would they make that connection?

Another thing I found interesting was the fact that one person was missing: the one who wields Earth-616’s Mjolnir, Jane Foster. This Jane Foster has the power of Thor. In Secret Wars #3, we find out that she is alive and has retained her memory. It’ll be interesting to see how she deals with someone killing off parallel versions of her. Also, I wonder what role if any Loki has in all of this.

Jane Foster wielding Mjolnir and the power of Thor. (Photo credit: independent.co.uk)

Jane Foster wielding Mjolnir and the power of Thor. (Photo credit: independent.co.uk)

I find the art in this issue interesting. A lot of warm colors are used throughout, but there is also a darkness in the art that helps relay an impending dread that the Thors Corps are facing if they don’t catch their killer.

 

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