From the House of Ideas: ‘Jane Foster & The Mighty Thor #1’ is Prime Pre-‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ Reading

Unless you’ve been living under a rock (and hey, no judgement, live where you want), you likely know that this July sees the release of Thor: Love and Thunder, which introduces us to Jane Foster as the Mighty Thor! For folks who don’t read the comics, they may be surprised to know that Jane took on the mantle of Thor for a time, and made quite an impression in the role.

These days, though, in the comic world, Jane is now a Valkryie (not the Tessa Thompson Valkyrie we all know and love…yes, in complicated, I supposed); well, Jane was until the first issue of Jane Foster & The Mighty Thor, written by Torunn GrØnbekk and illustrated by Mike Dowling. In this book, Jane is managing her personal life and her duties as an Avenger, but when Mjolnir comes calling to her, she has to decide if she’s going to answer the hammer’s call. The hammer, which happens to be possessed by the soul of the now dead Allfather, Odin.

Again, this might sound complicated, but the creative team gets you up to snuff pretty quickly, and Jane Foster & The Mighty Thor is actually a very fun read. I’ve often found Thor books can be muddled by its own mythology and even the language used by a given writer, but I was immediately engaged with this one. It likely helps that Jane Foster is the main character; regardless of what guise she’s in, Jane’s come along way over the last decade and she’s always written with strength. I’m assuming that the Jane Foster we’ll see when Thor: Love and Thunder arrives in theatres in just a few weeks.

Along with Jane Foster & The Mighty Thor, The Mighty Thor by Matt Fraction Omnibus arrived in stores and digitally this past week, and like the other Omnibus books I’ve been making my way through the last few weeks, it is massive, coming in at an impressive 1145. That’s one of the reasons I absolutely love reading comics digitally; a physical copy of a book like this would be pretty heavy and maybe even a little unwieldy. However, digitally I can take it wherever I want.

I mentioned language above, and when I started reading this collection, I thought I’d be put off by the very formal, Asgardian talk Fraction uses. I’m glad to be wrong; the first bunch of issues I’ve read so far have been highly engaging, not too mention gorgeously illustrated. There are a ton of artists featured throughout this set, and I’m not going to name them all, but suffice to say, this is a treasure trove of solid Thor stories. That is, until you get to the Fear Itself material, which was very devisive when it was first published back in 2011. I didn’t think it was a bad crossover, personally, but then again, I haven’t read it in more than a decade, and maybe my feelings will change.

Regardless, Matt Fraction did a lot of excellent work when he was writing Thor and this new omnibus is an easy way to get it all in one place.

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