Writer – Jason Aaron
Artist – Russell Dauterman
Colours – Matthew Wilson
Letters – VC’s Joe Sabino
There has been a little controversy of late concerning this new Thor, one Dr. Jane Foster. Some see it as pandering to make Thor a woman, others a travesty and some simple disrespect. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but if you open this book and give it a read, you will find a very well written story by Jason Aaron with some really fantastic pencils from Russell Dauterman and at the end of the day, a good story is a good story with this being but one chapter in the ongoing saga of the Thunder God. This particular issue focuses solely on Jane, now having been revealed as the person being worthy to pick the hammer up with original Thor nowhere in sight. During the eight month gap that all Marvel comics are going by, things have happened to shake the world of Thor up just a little bit. Jane has gotten sicker and there does not seem to be any cure for the cancer ravaging her body, Thor Odinson has gone missing, Freya has been locked up, Odin is in seclusion, elves are being murdered and Thor is no longer welcome in Asgard. Things are different and not for the better. The book features a lot of stuff going on and while Jane is at the center for most of it, the book ends with some of Thor’s greatest enemies gathering for what are obviously nefarious purposes and a villain reveal which should bring a smile to many a face. Dauterman’s artwork is breathtaking, even better than the previous volume of which he was the artist. The man keeps getting better and better and you can be sure that at some point in the future, he will be illustrating one of Marvel’s big event books. What is really interesting about this book is that out of everything that everyone is capable of in the Marvel Universe, nobody has been able to cure cancer, and just like the original Captain Marvel, Jane Foster seems slated to die. There is always the possibility that she will get a reprieve, but as it stands, she is not looking well and doing even worse and while it is a sad thing at its core, seeing her take flight and derive some pleasure out of being a hero is uplifting. Thor has been a really good book as of late and one that keeps getting better under Aaron’s guiding hand. Strongly recommended.
4.5 out of 5
Writer – Cullen Bunn, Tyler Crook
Artist – Tyler Crook, Cat Ferris
Letters – Tyler Crook
While Emmy has only wanted to do good with her powers, now that she has learned who and what she is, the same cannot be said of her twin sister Kammi. If Emmy is the good sister, Kammi is the bad and she has already proved to be so once and now, making friends with all of the monsters and the dark beings that inhabit the forest, she does not seem to have the best intentions for the local folk or the world at large. Harrow County has become one of the spookiest and moodiest books on the stands today and that is all thanks to its creators Cullen Bunn and Tyler Crook. Issue after issue, they pump out a fascinating story of a girl coming into her own, surrounded by the mystical and magical and the threat of evil always knocking on the door. With Kammi now in the picture, evil has walked in and the book has gotten much darker because of it. The great thing about this title is that Crook’s pencils are so wonderfully suited to it and while at times it may seem light and airy, there is always something in the background to add just a little bit of darkness, something to make that picture perfect scene a little more dangerous. You have to wonder what will happen when Emmy realizes the scope of what Kammi has been doing and just how she is going to deal with it all. She may have power, but it seems as if Kammi might have just a bit more thought the true test will come when they face off against each other, should that come to pass. Though the horror in this book is not completely frightening, it sits there on the edge of your mind, ready to crawl in at a moment’s notice. As far as horror titles go, this is one of the best and you are doing yourself a disservice if you are not reading it.
4 out of 5