After the 50-page epic that was Thor #700, writer Jason Aaron brings another action-packed issue to the ‘Death of the mighty Thor’ Story arc in an issue that pits the Mangog up against War Thor, in one of the most brutal and intense issues of Aaron’s run on Thor, titled ‘THE WRATH OF THE MANGOG’.
While Aaron’s run on Thor has introduced us to some great new and formidable foes for Thor to face off against, the writer has also not been afraid to bring back classic foes from the Thor mythos, such as Malekith, and in this issues case, The Mangog. Guest Artist James Harren manages to illustrate the intense battle between the War Thor and Mangog excellently, as his rough and sharp drawings of the characters compliments the mood of the story well. With this being an issue heavy on visuals and less on story, Harren does an excellent job of keeping the reader intrigued.
While it is not heavy on story as mentioned before, Jason Aaron still puts narration to its best use to get new readers familiarized with The Mangog, as well as giving readers an idea of how powerful it really is, and why you should be concerned for Asgard and Jane Foster Thor as well. With the War Thor possessing the hammer of the Ultimate Universe Thor, and thus having the power of a dead universe, you would think that it would be powerful enough to stand against the might of Mangog, who has the power of untold billions of beings. You would be wrong though, as the battle ends in an unexpected way, with War Thor down for good and The Mangog headed straight to Asgard to bring ultimate Judgment on the Gods. In the end, things aren’t looking good for Asgard.
With some great art by James Harren and great narration written by Jason Aaron, The Mighty Thor #701 is a great start to a new arc featuring one of the best fights in this current run of Thor with the return of a class and intimidating villain, and leaves me excited for what comes next. – Ernesto Valenzuela
GRADE – 9/10