Four Colour Thoughts – Thor #15 (2021)

The Creators – Donny Cates – Writer, Michele Bandini – Artist, Michele Bandini & Elisabetta D’Amico – Inkers, Matt Wilson – Colours, Joe Sabino – Letters

The Players – Thor, Volstagg, Avengers, Captain America, Loki

The Story – Heavy is the head that wears the crown.

The Take – Thor continues to brood, his thoughts comprised of his role as king and warrior and how the former takes up more of his time than the latter. His time facing off against Donald Blake not doing him or his composure any favours, Thor erupts at his subjects and proceeds to have an argument with his hammer which has been getting heavier and rebelling against him of late and it is not long before he finally discovers the reason as to why, something he had already guessed but simply could not own up to. Donny Cates continues his run on the title, joined by Michele Bandini, with a toned-down issue, one that sees little excitement or action, instead one that is filled with characterization and an answer as to what has been happening since the beginning of Cates’ run. What it also does is propose a question, as to what exactly is going to happen next now that Thor has realized what is happening with Mjolnir. Will he pass the torch to some other warrior, some new Thor or will he step down from his role as King and give that position to another, perhaps even back to his father. There was a nice moment with Loki, a bit of fun with Iron Man and a little revelatory talk with Captain America that would stand out in the book but it could have used a little more something, anything to make it have lasted just a bit longer. If there was one downside to it all, it was just how quickly it took to read as it was over before one was aware of it. Despite being a good story and furthering one of the title’s original plotlines, it needed something more to really put it over the top. Hopefully, the book returns to form with the next issue and there is more adventure and excitement present, this issue perhaps being the only one to miss at least part of a beat since Cates took over. All this and some great artwork courtesy of Bandini and Elisabetta D’Amico who would be a welcome team to take over should Nic Klein ever leave the title.

Worth It? – Yes.

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