The latest arc in The Mighty Thor has been a delight, offering up a contest of the gods, a war between the Asgardians and the Shi’ar, and a story that’s made Thor a badass to reckon with. The contest has seemingly come to an end but that hasn’t stopped the fighting. Add in the cover revealing Quentin Quire has somehow entered the fray and you’ve got a must read book.

The Mighty Thor #18
Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: Russell Dauterman
Publisher: Marvel Comics

So what’s it about? Read our preview.

Why does this book matter?

On top of the exciting story, Russell Dauterman has drawn his pants off for this series utilizing a blur effect that’s made the action even more dynamic.

Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?

This issue opens with Quentin Quire (a character co-created by Grant Morrison who first appeared in New X-Men), which certainly mixes things up and immediately puts your expectations in check. As the story progresses Aaron throws in a few twists, a major cosmic entity, and a satisfying high stakes cliffhanger. Ultimately the pace is sharp as a tack and you’ll be on the edge of your seat the entire issue.

Well this is surprising.

Dauterman draws an excellent issue with an excellent use of blurring effect throughout. Even in the opening pages with Quire, a quieter scene, the blur helps draw attention and add a sense of drama. Later, when Thor is tossing her hammer, there’s an amazing panel that uses blur effect around the hammer but keeps Thor in focus, which enhances the action of the scene and gifts the battle shot with a sense of movement and intensity. When the cosmic entity shows up, keeping it vague to avoid spoilers, there’s a clever use of color blotting out the stars, that helps subtly enhance the power of the thing. Each issue is filled with a collection of so many great ideas visual and story wise it’s hard not to admire Dauterman for his inventiveness and damn near genius.

It can’t be perfect can it?

There’s a bit of deus ex machina going on in this issue, but give how many gods populate it maybe that’s fitting. It certainly closes plot points quickly.

Is It Good?

The Mighty Thor is an excellent series and this issue is no different. Aaron defies your expectations, delivering a story that’s filled with surprises, memorable heroic moments, and intense action. It’s a series of clever ideas that make it stand out.

The Mighty Thor #18
Is It Good?
An excellent issue that will get you cheering for Thor and entertained through to the end.
Excellent art with a really cool use of blur
Defies expectations with so many surprises
Thor is so damn heroic!
The Deus Ex Machina may be fitting, but it's Deus Ex Machina all the same!