Thor issue 11 Comic Review

Review:  Thor #11

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There was never a better time for “Thor” #11 to be released than the week before America’s Election Day, since it made an excellent statement about American politics without taking either side in the great debate.

 

Who’s it by  J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI, OLIVIER COIPEL, MARK MORALES, LAURA MARTIN and CHRIS ELIOPOULOS

What’s it about

 

As Thor ventures further beyond the walls of the Shining City into Midgard, the sinister Loki begins to tip her deceitful hand. In spite of her promise to reform since being restored to life by the God of Thunder, Loki’s insidious moves against Balder, Thor, and the rest of Asgard start bearing poisonous fruit. The reinvented THOR builds to unbelievable heights, by writer J. Michael Straczynski (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN) and Olivier Coipel (HOUSE OF M)!

While part of the story dealt with the Asgardians dealing with their newfound mortality as residents of our dimension, the better story was the other half.  Thor was missing during the Civil War and as a result was not around when Captain America was murdered.  On the one-year anniversary of Steve Rogers’ death, Thor visits Cap’s memorial and summons his ghost from the netherworld.  Thor offers to avenge his friend, but Cap tells him no.  Instead, he asks Thor to remind America that he was never supposed to represent one political party or another, one ideology or another, but was supposed to represent the country, the idea of America.

That point is important because, as he walked around New York City as Don Blake, Thor was inundated with talking heads on all the news networks, each side blaming the other for Cap’s death and each side saying he truly represented their ideology.  So Thor decides to honor his friend’s memory the best way a thunder god can.  I won’t spoil it here but it was a very well-done moment.

I think this was J. Michael Straczynski’s best issue of “Thor” since the book returned.  It was not only a touching tribute from the character of Thor to both a fallen hero and a friend, bit it was also a damning statement about a political system that has rarely been as polarized as it has in the last eight years.

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