The Unworthy Thor #1
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The Unworthy Thor #1

Writer: Jason Aaron Artist: Olivier Coipel Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: November 2, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 22 User Reviews: 41
8.5Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

    Odinson's desperate search to regain his worthiness has taken him out into the cosmos, where he's learned of the existence of a mysterious other Mjolnir. This weapon of unimaginable power, a relic from a dead universe, is the key to Odinson's redemption - but some of the greatest villains of the Marvel Universe are now anxious to get their hands on it as well. Can The Odinson reclaim his honor, or will the power of thunder be wielded for evil? The quest for the hammer begins here.
Rated T+

  • 10
    411Mania - RobF Nov 10, 2016

    Ever since this comic has been announced I have been anxiously awaiting its arrival. Jason Aaron and Oliver Copiel have proven they know the Thunder god inside and out. When it's all said and done I think we will be mentioning Aaron's run with the same reverence as Walt Simonson's. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Nov 3, 2016

    While we don't have all the answers about what has occurred with the Odinson, The Unworthy Thor #1 is an excellent read for Thor fans that are looking to dig deeper into what has happened with the classic character. While I personally hope the character never wields Mjolnir again, this issue is executed perfectly by gifted storytellers and this miniseries certainly kicks off with a bang. I'm totally in for issue #2 and I can't wait to see what this team has in store for the Odinson going forward. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Spectrum - Adam Brunell Nov 4, 2016

    From start to finish this comic tantalized me with the unknown, as well as references to some of Aaron's previous work with the Marvel Universe. I hadn't had a good look at The Unseen since the end of the Original Sin comics, so I am glad that Aaron and Coipel added him in for a short time. At one point Thor references when he lost Mjolnir to a simple whisper, and in hopes of knowing what was said, Aaron still leaves readers in the dark. The comic is well written, dialogue is great and the art is beautiful from page to page. It looks like I will have another monthly comic to add to my stack. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Nov 2, 2016

    The quest for redemption is at hand and though Thor is unworthy the story is anything but with tense, vivid action and great character writing. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Heroes Direct - Adam Fitch Nov 8, 2016

    The Thor we see in this comic is distant from takes we've seen in other comics: he's not as Godlike in this one. He's broken, weak, violent – even the pages have blood splatters. It's awesome. The colours are subdued for the most part but it fits in with the tone rather well. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Nov 3, 2016

    Jason Aaron clearly cares deeply about this character and this book marks his 50th issue (across a few volumes) writing Thor. A this point, he’s crafted a story that it seems only he can truly finish and his collaborators are onboard with bringing that vision to light. Corporate superhero comic books rarely see a creative team this in sync this early on just because of the nature of the medium and the process and yet, this team rises above. The book ends with a fun reveal and a lot of hope and excitement for the direction that the narrative is moving in. Aaron is creating a newly definitive take on this character. In thirty years, we’ll be talking about his work on Thor with the same regard we hold Walt Simonson’s. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Nov 2, 2016

    With this latest release marking his fiftieth issue with the character, Im ready to call Jason Aaron the greatest Thor writer of the modern era, and I cant think of anyone who would realistically be able to argue with that assessment. Aaron just flat-out gets the character, and yet at the same time he isnt afraid of making bold, sweeping, game-changing adjustments in order to tell a better story. This latest series puts the former God of Thunder in a wholly unfamiliar position, and revels in the violence and desperation which ensues. And, at the risk of making a fairly obvious pun, theres no denying the fact that Aaron, Copiel and Wilson are more than worthy of telling this latest chapter in the God of Thunders story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Nov 5, 2016

    This issue was as rich and visceral as we've come to expect from Jason Aaron on the Thor comics. The characters and their story are just so full of depth and awesomeness. You really get into the Odinson's head, whether he's wallowing in self pity or fighting tooth and nail against unbeatable odds. And Coipel is an amazing artist who really gets into the rich detail of alien monster battles. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Graphic Policy - Brett Nov 2, 2016

    I had no idea what to expect going into this and I want more immediately after reading it. This feels like the start of an epic Thor story and I can't wait to see what Aaron has up his sleeve. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Nov 2, 2016

    The Unworthy Thor #1 is a surprisingly slow start to a comic of such modest length. But even so, the appeal of having Jason Aaron and Olivier Coipel teaming up for a new adventure starring the Odinson is undeniable. This first issue looks fantastic and features a haunting look at the fallen thunder god. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    GWW - J.s.t. Andrews Nov 14, 2016

    Previously Thor Odinson has lost his way, his hammer, and his arm. He's now scouring the universe trying to find his play. All while a new Thor (Jane Foster) has taken over. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Nov 2, 2016

    Unworthy Thor #1 is the start of a new chapter full of potential in storytelling. You don't know where this story will take us, but enough was done to make this worth the ride to Odinson reclaiming his power. Hopefully the journey will be as exciting as the destination. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Jessica Petrecz Nov 5, 2016

    From just this first issue, it's plain to see that this is a must-read series for all fans of Thor, but it is also just a well-written story that is beautifully illustrated. Aaron is crafting a great story of a man who has nothing left to lose, so we want to see the heights he will climb to attain his godly status once more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Nov 3, 2016

    Is he more edgy, darker, more intense? I guess - but that doesn't make me a fan. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    PopMatters - Jack Fisher Nov 7, 2016

    Overall, The Unworthy Thor #1 creates a narrative that has the right impact. It gives us a former God of Thunder who has to fight harder and cope with being weaker than he's ever been before. It brings out some of his less noble traits, but he still carries himself like a warrior. He gets a chance to become more worthy and he jumps at that chance, if only to ensure he doesn't have to bite his enemies anymore. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Nov 2, 2016

    For those waiting to find out what the future holds for Odinson, the stage is being set up to deliver them. Jason Aaron is joining forces with Olivier Coipel and Matthew Wilson to put the spotlight on the former Thor as he sets out to regain his worthiness. There may be some that desire his return to glory right away, but this shake up provides some mystery and intrigue to the character. There's a sense of anything goes, and you won't want to miss the next step in the former Thor's road to redemption. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Lost Lighthouse - thelostlighthouse Nov 3, 2016

    The Unworthy Thor #1 is a great companion to the superb Mighty Thor, with gorgeous art and an interesting set up that promises a lot for the future of the Odinson and his corner of the Marvel Universe. I'm hoping that we do finally find out the reason for the unworthiness, but even if we just get a good Thor story out of it that would be fine too! Check it out at your local comic shop or digitally now. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Ryan.L Nov 2, 2016

    Even if you haven’t read much Thor or if you are Thor’s number one fan I highly suggest picking up this issue. It was so much fun and beautiful to look at. Odinson is on a journey to reclaim who he once was, and wow we are off to an impressive start to that journey. This may only be a five issue mini-series but this series could end up being a definitive moment in Thor’s history that you’re not going to want to miss. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    CourtOfNerds - Kevin Carley Nov 2, 2016

    So, if you miss the old Thor and are routing for him to get a mystical smashy stick back, this could be a good series for you. Even if you like new Thor, you may like to see another doing his own thing. I, am actually interested to see where Odinson's story will go... once it really gets started. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Jon Arvedon Nov 3, 2016

    Artist Oliver Coipel's action sequences and his depictions of the various creatures Odinson encounters are intense, and fully capture the brutality of a man with nothing to lose, but everything to reclaim. Colorist Matthew Wilson also makes great use of a darker palette selection, further enhancing the atmosphere of the story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nerdophiles - Jackson Adams Nov 9, 2016

    Ultimately, The Unworthy Thor #1 feels like more of the same, a big metal space opera about gods and monsters, little different than what else is going on with this character. That's certainly not a bad thing and is a testament to how strong Aaron's vision for the character is but it's also something of a statement of how little this story has changed and advanced in the last four years. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Dan Mayhoff Nov 7, 2016

    While it's to be expected of a first issue, this one doeslittle more than set up story and recap the past. We get some greatcharacterization of The Odinson and we end on a nice cliffhanger, however thisissue falls a little flat. No need to jump ship from this book yet though asthe future still seems bright.  Read Full Review

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