Thor, the Mighty Avenger #5

A comic review article by: Ray Tate
"Thursday Morning"

Thor meets the Submariner for the first time in this reimagining of the Thunder God's first days in modern times. The most significant scene in this story occurs within the first two pages. The creative team emphasize Jane's empty bed.

Roger Langridge is a Doctor Who Magazine alum. He's British, and the British have different sensibilities than we Americans. While Thor, the Mighty Avenger is an all-ages book, the implication that Jane and Thor are heading for a sexual liaison is clear.

The rest of Thor, the Mighty Avenger is old hat, but it's old hat for the series. When measured against most of the other books available on the racks, on its worst day Thor, the Mighty Avenger is still a four bullet book. Against any DC comic book, it's a five.

Langridge alludes to Doctor Who with Jane's reaction of Thor popping in at the middle of the night and asking her to take a ride. It's how one imagines Grace might feel if the Doctor showed up in her life again. Loki materializes with cryptic clues. Thor encounters another Marvel hero during some unusual circumstances. Namor embarrasses Thor with a little judo, a skill he may have acquired from Golden Girl's tutelage.

All of these events are brought to life through Chris Samnee's warm, welcoming artwork and Matt Wilson's tasty colors. Whereas some artists forget the wings on Namor's feet, Samnee proudly displays them. Samnee furthermore accents how Namor is one with the water and Thor is not. As to Jane Foster, she has never looked better. Jane's every movement is natural and winning. You really like this character who smiles, flips her hair and expresses herself through gestures that the English language cannot eloquently describe. Samnee's Jane is even more preferable over Jack Kirby's Jane.

While not the best issue of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, Roger Langridge's and Chris Samnee's latest snaps with entertaining moments.

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