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Preview: Jane Foster & the Mighty Thor #5 (of 5)

Jane Foster & the Mighty Thor #5 (of 5)

(W) Torunn Gronbekk (A) Michael Dowling (CA) Ryan Stegman
Rated T+
In Shops: Oct 05, 2022
SRP: $3.99

Everything comes to a head in this brilliant and brutal conclusion to Torunn Gr nbekk and Michael Dowling’s Jane Foster epic! The puppet master who has been leading all of Asgard’s enemies from the shadows will be revealed…as will the dark secrets of R na’s past. With Asgard torn asunder, will Jane and Thor arrive in time to save the Golden Realm from certain destruction?

Jane Foster & the Mighty Thor #5 (of 5)

Preview: Jane Foster & the Mighty Thor #4 (of 5)

Jane Foster & the Mighty Thor #4 (of 5)

(W) Torunn Gronbekk (A) Michael Dowling (CA) Ryan Stegman
In Shops: Sep 21, 2022
SRP: $3.99

Asgard’s defenses have been breached, its warriors battered and still more legions are unleashed against them! The chaos and destruction seem to be fueling some great, dark power. But to what end? Before she can find what lurks in the shadows and save the Golden Realm, Jane Foster must first save Thor!

Jane Foster & the Mighty Thor #4 (of 5)

Preview: Jane Foster & the Mighty Thor #3 (of 5)

Jane Foster & the Mighty Thor #3 (of 5)

(W) Torunn Gronbekk (A) Michael Dowling (CA) Ryan Stegman
RATED T+
In Shops: Aug 10, 2022
SRP: $3.99

JANE VS. S’YM OF LIMBO FOR THE FATE OF ASGARD!
The battle against the Dark Elves and their allies rages on in Asgard, and the warriors of the Golden City are losing – badly. R na the Valkyrie has managed to stave off total defeat, but Asgard desperately needs Thor. Can Jane find clues to the Thunder God’s whereabouts in Limbo – or will she lose herself to S’ym’s dark magics?

Jane Foster & the Mighty Thor #3 (of 5)

Be Worthy with the Hot Toys The Might Thor Figure

Hot Toys‘ latest 1/6 scale figure draws inspiration from Jane Foster’s appearance in the blockbuster movie, Thor: Love and Thunder.

When Mjolnir calls to Dr. Jane Foster, she finds that she can’t resist the pull of destiny. Wielding the reforged mystical hammer, Jane Foster becomes The Mighty Thor, and teams up with Thor and King Valkyrie to face a new threat to the gods!

Hot Toys’ new Mighty Thor 1/6 Scale Figure draws inspiration from Natalie Portman’s incredible performance in the movie. It features two hand-painted headsculpts — one helmeted headsculpt and one headsculpt with sculpted hair — as well as a newly designed 1/6 scale body with seamless arms, a finely tailored outfit and cape, body armor in metallic silver and red, and a variety of sculpted accessories including a damaged Mjolnir with LED light-up function, a Mjolnir handle with lightning effect, and more!

Furthermore! Fans purchasing from Sideshow will also have access to an exclusive Special Edition version, which also features an interchangeable battle-damaged helmet — only available for a limited time, and while supplies last!

The Mighty Thor 1/6 Scale Figure and the Sideshow exclusive Mighty Thor Special Edition 1/6 Scale Figure are available to pre-order now.


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Mondo drops posters for The Mighty Thor and What If? #10 Today!

Mondo has a couple of new posters celebrating the MCU’s latest addition to its pantheon of Asgardian gods: Jane Foster … aka THE MIGHTY THOR.

First up is a new poster as she appears in Taika Waititi’s hair-metal album come to life: Thor: Love of Thunder, with beautiful new artwork by the more-than-worthy Phantom City CreativeExcelsior!

In 1978, the comic What If #10 posited the question of What if Jane Foster Had Found the Hammer of Thor? Turns out it was prescient idea that, fortunately, we got to see in the mainline Marvel Universe thanks to the mighty Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman in their god-tier Thor run from 2014.

We’re excited to release a new screenprint of this original WHAT IF? tale, with artwork from the legendary John Buscema.

These posters will be available tomorrow, Thursday, July 14 at 11AM CT, only on The Drop.

THE MIGHTY THOR Screenprinted Poster

Artwork by Phantom City Creative
$60

THE MIGHTY THOR Screenprinted Poster

WHAT IF? #10 Screenprinted Poster

Artwork by John Buscema
$50

WHAT IF? #10 Screenprinted Poster

Review: Jane Foster & The Mighty Thor #2

Jane Foster & The Mighty Thor #2

Life leads you some unexpected paths. We all have a plan of how things are supposed to go. There are the things we can control, and we do everything we could do to ensure our desired outcome. Then there are those things out of our hands.  

That job you want , that person you have feelings for , that reward you felt was yours, things that you have no power over and can frustrate you to no end. Sometimes, this is when we surprise ourselves. It may lead us to places and people we never knew we needed. In Jane Foster & The Mighty Thor #2 we find Jane , looking to Doctor Voodoo for answers.

We find Thor in a dark place, as he is being hunted by a giant snake, fearing these may be his last moments, he flashes to the time Freya thought him about death, and remembering the one he truly loved, Jane. We are also taken to Asgard, where Sif is fighting alongside the Valkyries as the Dark Elves try to take the kingdom. We also find  Jane in New Orleans looking to Doctor Voodoo for help in finding Thor,an ask, not easily granted.. By issue’s end, Jane is headed to the Splinter Realsm to find Thor and Echantress has breached Asgard’s walls to obtain the keys ot Hel.

Overall, Jane Foster & The Mighty Thor #2 is a momentous second issue that never pumps the brakes. The story by Gronbekk is mesmerizing. The art by creative team is gorgeous. Altogether, it’s a story that leaves readers breathless.

Story: Torunn Gronbekk Art: Michael Dowling
Color: Jesus Aburtov Letterer: Joe Sabino
Story: 10 Art: 9.7 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Preview: Jane Foster: The Mighty Thor #2 (of 5)

Jane Foster: The Mighty Thor #2 (of 5)

(W) Torunn Gronbekk (A) Michael Dowling (CA) Ryan Stegman
RATED T+
In Shops: Jul 06, 2022
SRP: $3.99

When Jane and Odin find a clue steeped in unknown magic, they turn to Doctor Voodoo for help finding Thor – and learn of an interdimensional threat that will require more than Thor’s strength to combat. Meanwhile, R na cuts a Midgardian vacation short to help the warriors of Asgard hold off their enemies’ assault on the Golden Realm. But why do their enemies seem to know something Sif doesn’t?

Jane Foster: The Mighty Thor #2 (of 5)

Preview: Jane Foster: Mighty Thor #1 (of 5)

Jane Foster: Mighty Thor #1 (of 5)

(W) Torunn Gronbekk (A) Michael Dowling (CA) Ryan Stegman
RATED T+
In Shops: Jun 08, 2022
SRP: $3.99

When Mjolnir comes crashing through Jane Foster’s apartment window, she fears the worst has happened to Thor. As Asgard’s greatest enemies – including Hela, Ulik the Troll and Enchantress – mount an assault on the Golden Realm, Jane must find Thor and save Asgard – even if that means she must once again risk her life to become Thor herself!

Jane Foster: Mighty Thor #1 (of 5)

Preview: Jane Foster: Mighty Thor #1 (of 5)

Jane Foster: Mighty Thor #1 (of 5)

(W) Torunn Gronbekk (A) Michael Dowling (CA) Ryan Stegman
RATED T+
In Shops: Jun 08, 2022
SRP: $3.99

When Mjolnir comes crashing through Jane Foster’s apartment window, she fears the worst has happened to Thor. As Asgard’s greatest enemies – including Hela, Ulik the Troll and Enchantress – mount an assault on the Golden Realm, Jane must find Thor and save Asgard – even if that means she must once again risk her life to become Thor herself!

Jane Foster: Mighty Thor #1 (of 5)

Messages from Midgard #13- The Four Thors

This week marks the end of both “War of the Realms” and the Messages from Midgard column. There are a few straggler tie-ins like Unbeatable Squirrel Girl and an Omega issue, which I will cover in its own review, but the core miniseries plus three ancillary tie-in minis and Jason Aaron’s arcs on Thor and Avengers wrap up this week. Plus there’s a fun Superior Spider-Man story where Peter Parker and, of all people, Gwenpool, teaching Doc Ock that heroism is about saving individuals and not just trying to glory hog the whole event. That privilege is reserved for Thor, of which there are four, because its their event.


War of the Realms #6

In War of the Realms #6, Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman, and Matthew Wilson knuckle down to give both this event and basically Aaron’s seven year run on Thor one hell of a conclusion. It’s centered around a simple premise. If only Thor can break the magic circle and confront a Knull-infused Malekith, then why not bring four of them: Odinson, King Thor, Young Thor, and Jane Foster’s Thor, who now wields Mjolnir from the Ultimate Universe. What follows is an exercise in fighting, bickering, and true heroism while the rest of the heroes confront Laufey on Midgard.

Before digging into the fantastic things that Aaron does with both Thor and Jane Foster’s arcs, I would like to praise the visuals of Dauterman and Wilson, who really outdo themselves in issue six. Wilson’s palette is majestic and varied ranging from the eye of the storm to the clash of lightning on symbiote ooze and a snowstorm to end all snowstorms. Like the different hammers and weapons used by the Thors, Dauterman switches up his inking style to fit the scene from looser work when Malekith does anything symbiote-y to more clean polished art when Odinson forges Mjolnir anew in the eye of a storm. His attention to detail is uncanny, and he draws many epic moments like when Odinson punches his own hammer and memorable small ones like Screwbeard and Ivory Honeyshot doing their best Gimli and Legolas imitation at the end of the world.

One word that can be used to describe War of the Realms #6 is “satisfying”. Odinson has gone on a painful heroic journey that draws comparisons to the one his own father, Odin, went on to become All-Father sacrificing body parts to gain the wisdom and power to rule Asgard. There are also parallels to the journeys of Dionysus and Jesus Christ in his story as he humbles himself and suffers to save the whole world. But, lofty comparisons aside, this is really the story of a man who becomes a hero and “worthy” in spite of his flaws, which is a metaphor for most of the Marvel heroes, who have fantastic abilities and feet of clay. It is a rare sight to see such an iconic character, like Thor, grow and change over a run, and Jason Aaron has pulled this off with War of the Realms #6 being the finishing touch and earning an Overall Verdict of Buy.


War of the Realms: New Agents of Atlas #4

In New Agents of Atlas #4, this new pan-Asian superhero team finally gets their act together to assemble and prevent Sindr, the Fire Goblin queen from melting the polar ice caps. Greg Pak and artists Gang Hyuk Lim, Moy R, and Pop Mhan take their cues from third act of the 2012 Avengers film from Jimmy Woo playing the Nick Fury role and lying about Pele’s true nature to get the team to work together and lots of big epic splash pages of heroes doing team-up moves. However, with the exception of Brawn, Shang Chi, and the Filipina heroine Wave, I feel like I barely know these heroes so the big fight scenes look pretty, but feel like action figures in position, not characters reaching the end of their journey.

Pak, Lim, Federico Blee and the guest artists and colorists had a tall order introducing new characters and ones who had only appeared in Korean and Chinese comics as well as mobile games to a new audience. Having four issues and a big, yet underdeveloped baddie helped, but in the end, the cast of New Agents of Atlas was simply too large to get to know the new folks. Hopefully, the upcoming miniseries will take its time to develop their personalities as well as show off their cool costumes and powers. Unfortunately, New Agents of Atlas #4 earns an Overall Verdict of Pass despite its one genuinely memorable twist.


War of the Realms: Punisher #3

War of the Realms Punisher #3 features the same fantasy baddies as the rest of “War of the Realm’s” tie-ins, but Gerry Duggan, Marcelo Ferreira, Roberto Poggi, and Rachelle Rosenberg take a grittier, more violent, and at times, fatalistic approach to their story beginning with Frank Castle having guns pointed to his head by former mobsters. He gets out of this pickle pretty easily by swearing on the souls of dead wife and kids that he’ll spare the criminals once they get the civilians to safety. Most of them don’t have to worry about living as they’re immediately set upon by a squad of trolls; one of which Frank tortures in a chilling scene that makes the criminals realize that they’re not getting out of this alive too.

Duggan and Ferreira portray Frank Castle as a hardened soldier in War of the Realms Punisher #3, and his enemy is the criminal element, both mortal and otherworldly. Sure, he’ll get the civilians to safety in New Jersey, but he’ll also gun down the last criminal standing with him while the doctor he was assisting shrieks in terror. This is because Castle is as much of a monster and a force of nature as the trolls and Fire Goblins that he was gunning down or blowing up tanker trucks to stop. Duggan’s understanding of Frank Castle’s character, and that we can cheer for him to take out the bad guys and recoil at killing one in cold blood as well as the hellish visuals of Ferreira, Poggi, and Rosenberg earns War of the Realms Punisher #3 an Overall Verdict of Buy and definitely has me interested in Duggan’s upcoming Punisher Kill Krew series.


War of the Realms: Uncanny X-Men #3

Even though it’s nice to see Cyclops, Multiple Man, and your favorite former New Mutants defending Citi Field from Frost Giants, Matthew Rosenberg, Pere Perez, and Rachelle Rosenberg’s War of the Realms: Uncanny X-Men has been the weak link of the tie-in minis. Issue three is no exception with the pointless killing off of Sunspot, the repetitive dialogue of (dead in the main series) Wolfsbane’s lover Hrimhari, and a tacked on sequence with Dani Moonstar and the Valkyries even though this plot point was only touched upon at the end of issue one. It could have been a good hook for the miniseries and a through-line to the main action, but in the end, it’s too little, too late.

War of the Realms: Uncanny X-Men #3 does have a few cool moments like Multiple Man’s dupes luring the Frost Giants into a Limbo portal, a visceral claw on claw fight between Sabretooth and Wolfsbane, and Cyclops precision sniping Frost Giants. However, these are few and far between, and after three issues, this miniseries has really done nothing to justify its existence and earns an Overall Verdict of Pass. But the silver lining is that Jonathan Hickman is coming in a month and probably all these events/pointless character deaths will be retconned.


Thor #14

Jason Aaron, Scott Hepburn, and Matthew Wilson’s story in Thor #14 covers much of the same ground as War of the Realms #6, but from the POV of Young Thor as the Fantastic Four summon him from brooding and trying to lift Mjolnir to a fight for all ten realms. I read this almost directly after War of the Realms #6, and there are obvious re-draws of Russell Dauterman’s art although Hepburn has an earthier take on the material to match the boisterous, shit-talking Young Thor. The issue also has more direct connections to the last adventure of the three Thors in Aaron’s Thor, God of Thunder series and a similar art style although Hepburn is no Simon Bisley. There’s a lot of gruffness, talk about hammers, and an indirect reference to Back to the Future along the way.

However, compared to the standalone issues about Loki, Cul Borson, and even Gorilla-Man in Aaron’s tie-in issues of Thor and Avengers, Thor #14 seems less essential because Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman portrayed Young Thor’s carelessness, brashness, and adventurous nature so well in War of the Realms #6. He does get a cool action sequence against a gnarly Hepburn-drawn Venom symbiote and  lifts Mjolnir in a moment that again proves that “worthiness” and heroism is not something bestowed externally, but internally. Most of the material in Thor #14 is covered in Realms #6, but that scene and the sheer joy that Aaron gets at writing Young Thor earns the issue an Overall Verdict of Read.


Avengers #20

Avengers #20 is yet another standalone success from Jason Aaron, Ed McGuinness, Mark Morales, and Jason Keith and is a metafictional look at She-Hulk, and how she’s changed as a character in the past few years. The opening sequence is brilliant and set in side a Wakandan therapy simulation where She-Hulk looks at a pinup of the John Byrne version of her and beats up a version of her that looks like it was drawn by Javier Pulido. The comic is a narration about how she likes embracing the monster and getting to beat up enemies with her new powers instead of being sexually harassed while in costume. Unlike Bruce Banner, she enjoys the freedom of being Hulk, and McGuinness and Morales use wide panels to show the swath of destruction she causes with her bulging forearms.

Using the character of She-Hulk as a case study, Avengers #20 is also a bigger commentary about how women have to fit pre-conceived roles in the workforce (Even if that means the Avengers.) and society and get pushback whenever they’re assertive or show anger. Deadpool asking She-Hulk why she doesn’t crack jokes or break the fourth wall any more is the metafictional version of a male co-worker asking a woman why she doesn’t smile. And, on a more a geeky level, this issue also has some foreshadowing of Aaron’s future plans for the Avengers title with the help of omniscient Daredevil showing Aaron can work on both a micro and macro level. Avengers #20 is a fantastic, holistic character study of She-Hulk and her recent developments and easily earns an Overall Verdict of Buy with a side dish of allusions to Immortal Hulk.


Superior Spider-Man #8

Superior Spider-Man continues to be an underrated delight and study in ego from Christos Gage, Lan Medina, Cam Smith, and Andy Troy. Doc Ock continues to be terrible at reading the room, er, event and wants to take out Malekith all by himself with the help of the Fantastic Four and West Coast Avengers. He doesn’t want to protect New York City, but basically hack America Chavez’s portal abilities to get to what he thinks is the real action. This ends up backfiring, and he gets one hell of a dressing down from Spider-Man in the nature of heroism while Spider-Man is wearing his helmet from the Land of Giants one-shot and is immediately abandoned by his “minions” aka the West Coast Avengers.

Gage and Medina use the wide scope of “War of Realms” to tell an entertaining and at times fourth wall breaking (Thanks to Gwenpool.) story about how heroism isn’t just about defeating the final boss, but saving one person from death and danger. Having Spider-Man deliver the lecture about this topic makes sense because for the most part, he has focused on protecting his neighborhood instead of mixing it up with gods and monsters. Gage’s script is self-aware, and Medina and Smith have a classic, illustrator style approach where it is easy to follow the action even in a Southern California blizzard. For commenting on the nature of heroism, being funny as hell, and having plentiful America Chavez side eye, Superior Spider-Man #8 earns an Overall Verdict of Buy.


War of the Realms #6 was the best ending to a summer Marvel event since Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic’s Secret Wars, and it shipped on time too. One thing that these two events shared in common is that they were a culmination of two macro-stories, namely, Jason Aaron’s Thor run and Hickman’s Fantastic Four-Ultimates-Avengers/New Avengers project. The War of the Realms has been foreshadowed for years, and the early battles were fought in the pages of Mighty Thor and Thor so the event was really just icing on the cake. Sometimes, the montage of the different battles were a little insufferable, but when Aaron, Dauterman, and Wilson grabbed onto the character journeys of Odinson and Jane Foster, the book really sung. Nowhere was this more evident than in War of the Realms #6, and the spinoff I’m most excited for is Valkyrie even if I’m little disappointed that Tessa Thompson’s take on the character is nowhere in sight although Al Ewing may pluck her from somewhere in the multiverse.


Panel of the Week

Young Thor and King Thor bonding over craft beer is the cutest thing. (From War of the Realms #6, Art by Russell Dauterman and Matthew Wilson)
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