Thor #702 Review: Thor and Hercules Together Again

The War of Realms continues to intensify, and the Mighty Thor recruits the Incredible Hercules to aid her in restoring peace to the Nine Realms. The Unworthy Odinson brings ill news, though, as Volstagg has just been found, barely alive.

The Odinson pushes Thor to acknowledge her illness and remedy that so she will not soon fall to it. She takes his advice — in a way. She relinquishes Mjolnir to approach All-Father Odin in her dying human form. He answers.

Thor #702 cover by Russel Dauterman and Matthew Wilson
Thor #702 cover by Russel Dauterman and Matthew Wilson

I'm a bit late on the Jason Aaron Mighty Thor train, but damn does he tell a powerful tale of Thunder. The chaos of the War of Realms, the desperation of Jane Foster's health, and the terror that is Odin's furthering madness all come together for a comic you don't want to take your eyes away from.

Plus, I'm quite happy to see the partnership of Thor and Hercules be rekindled in this issue. I adore Marvel's version of Hercules. Greg Pak's well-meaning oaf always appealed to me, but Dan Abnett and Mark Waid's recovering alcoholic Hercules is a compelling evolution of the character.

I was pretty surprised to see Volstagg still alive after the ending to the last issue. That isn't disappointment, as Volstagg is easily one of the best Asgardians that doesn't wield a hammer (usually).

The scene wherein Jane stands at Odin's doors, calls him out, and even stands strong before his brother, Cul, is a powerful and defining moment for this Thor.

Thor #702 art by Russell Dauterman and Matthew Wilson
Thor #702 art by Russell Dauterman and Matthew Wilson

Russel Dauterman's artwork brings all of this to life in an effective manner with a style that brings the magic of Asgardia to life and shows the disease eating away at Jane in heart-breaking detail. Dauterman does great work here. Matthew Wilson's color art is dazzling and otherworldly. The two make this a gorgeous comic.

The Mighty Thor #702 continues the War of Realms and "The Death of the Mighty Thor" with another enthralling installment. The walls are closing in around Asgardia, and Jane Foster and the Odinson may be the only ones keeping this from happening. Aaron, Dauterman, and Wilson do some phenomenal work here, and this comic comes highly recommended.

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Joshua DavisonAbout Joshua Davison

Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.
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