Thor #1

Thor #1

Writer: Jason Aaron Artist: Russell Dauterman Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: October 1, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 50 User Reviews: 29
8.1Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

• The great hammer MJOLNIR lies on the moon, unable to be lifted by anyone in all the heavens! Even THOR!
•  Something dark has befallen the God of Thunder, leaving him weakened and for the first time in forever... UNWORTHY!
•  But when Frost Giants invade the Earth, the hammer will be lifted and an all-new Thor will arise! A Thor unlike any we've ever seen before!
•  Who is this new GODDESS OF THUNDER? Not even Odin knows!
•  JASON AARON teams with hot up-and-coming artist RUSSELL DAUTERMAN (CYCLOPS) to create a bold new chapter in the storied history of Thor!
Rated T+

  • 10
    Herotaku - Brian Benjamin Oct 1, 2014

    Nation, hop on the Thor train with this first issue. Its a new beginning for the God of Thunder and like many others I'm here to see it through until its over. I definitely recommend picking up this issue and reading it yourself. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Rhymes With Geek - Nikki Sherman Oct 2, 2014

    Pick up this book. Do it now because it likely won't be on shelves much longer. Thor #1 is everything I could have hoped for and more. I'm thrilled at the step this is taking for gender equality, and in a book where the pages dance with life, I couldn't pick a more perfect series to kickstart October with. Yay for amazing writing, yay for beautiful art, and yay for Thor: Goddess of Thunder. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Sep 29, 2014

    This isn't the THOR you're used to. Besides the fact that a new female character will be taking over the power of Thor along with Mjolnir, the Thor we've known for years is still here. We're seeing him in a new struggle and Jason Aaron is cooking up an interesting story readers will want to check out. Having the status quo shaken up can be difficult for diehard fans but we're witnessing some intriguing new ideas rather than getting more of the same stories we've seen for years. Russell Dauterman's art and Matthew Wilson's colors make this a gorgeous book. If you've at all been curious about the changes coming to this corner of the Marvel Universe, there's no way you'll want to miss this series. It's a great time to jump in if you haven't been following along as well. Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman are ready to knock your socks off. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Oct 4, 2014

    More He-Thor than She-Thor, but enjoyable enough toget me to return next month. Fun, fantasy heroics. Worthyour time. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - Jessica Boyd Sep 29, 2014

    Aaron's original vision finds its natural continuation, despite the #1 label. Those who have been reading the series will feel as if the series had never stopped. Those who are just hoping on should not feel left out. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    PopMatters - Gregory L. Reece Oct 8, 2014

    There is a lot riding on Jason Aaron's latest Thor story arc. This is serious stuff. I hope he knows this; I think he does. Just in case he doesn't, let me say this...This Halloween, if she wants to, my daughter can dress like her favorite superhero. Not just as a girl dressed like Thor. She can be the real thing. She can be Thor with red cape and Mjolnir. It will be a good fit. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Sean Ian Mills Oct 2, 2014

    The relaunch of Jason Aaron's Thorwas heralded as the arrival of a new female God of Thunder, but her appearanceis secondary to Aaron's ongoing story of the regularmale version. Fortunately, Aaron's storytelling prowess in Thor's universe is as strong as it's ever been, and if he decides to tell parallel stories of the two Thors, this is still going to be a great comic. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Lost Lighthouse - thelostlighthouse Oct 2, 2014

    I loved this, and am genuinely interested in what will happen with this new Thor, what will happen to the old/original/Thor Odinsson/Thor-Classic Thor and especially in how they will interact with each other. I'll carry on with this, find room in my budget for more Marvel, and start picking up the rest of Aaron's run on Thor. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Oct 6, 2014

    More than a marketing gimmick (albeit a marketing ploy no doubt) this temporary (however long) replacement of Thor Odinson with Thor The Goddess of Thunder is going to be, like most of Jason Aaron's works are, the must read of Fall 2014 and beyond from Marvel Comics. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - John McCubbin Oct 2, 2014

    Thor #1 is a brand new era for the God of Thunder, or should we now say Goddess of Thunder. The premise of new events, and exciting events of this issue prove very enticing, as though the absence of this new Thor was a little disappointing, her introduction certainly left me excited for the next issue. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Oct 1, 2014

    As an opening issue, they really hit it out of the park here and essentially demand you come back for more. I can't wait. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Draven Katayama (loudlysilent) Oct 2, 2014

    While we don't get the huge reveal we've been waiting for, Aaron gives us a seamless story with solid characterization and believable, catty dialogue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Shadowhawk's Shade - Abhinav Jain Oct 2, 2014

    Will the new Thor's identity be revealed in two weeks? I dearly hope so! In the meantime, definitely get this issue. It is a must-read. Read Full Review

  • 9.0 - Stuart Conover Oct 4, 2014

    Aaron and Dauterman are off to a great start on the new ‘Thor' book. My only concern is that the vast majority of the issue was devoted to Odinson himself and the new Thor almost felt tacked on as an afterthought. She'll have plenty of time to shine coming up, though. I just hope that they can keep the interest up once the perspective switches from the ex-Thor we know to the new one. I have to say I'm glad that I didn't let the gender change of the major character cloud my judgement as this is shaping up to be a title that could enter my regular rotation as long as the quality keeps up over the next few issues. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    We The Nerdy - Justin Micallef Oct 1, 2014

    This book serves as a breath of fresh air, free from complex Marvel continuity and outside influences while continuing the promote the saga that Jason Aaron has been telling for almost two years. How grateful we should be that we can be graced with two wonderful books and two wonderful Gods of Thunder. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - Edward Wendt Oct 4, 2014

    The end result is nonetheless satisfying. The direction of this book is one which has enough of substance to generate enough interest in it for a few months to come, as long as it can deliver on the much promised story to explain all of the changes. Fans of the medium might be resistant to change and might find that this is a strange direction, but if they give it a chance they will find enough of value here. Indeed though as an only occasional reader of Thor, this first issue does make me curious about what is to follow, and if there are others like me then Marvel has succeeded at what it was going for. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Coming Up Comics - David Melton Oct 1, 2014

    Now that this series is out, and we've heard the complaints, let's get down to doing what we're supposed to: enjoying comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.4 - Chase Magnett Sep 29, 2014

    Together, Dauterman, Wilson, and Aaron have crafted a first issue that ought to compel fans of Thor: God of Thunder to stick around and encourage others to try the new series. Thor #1 is a beautiful debut that contains all of the thunder and power of Marvels mightiest hero. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    The Daily Crate - Jennifer Bosier Oct 2, 2014

    However, I am still confident in the writers and the concept to hang in there. Thor #1 didn't alleviate all of my fears, but it did instill in me a cautious optimism which is pretty good. If all goes as well as promised, this is going to be a hero worthy of standing along side fellow Marvel lady badasses Captain Marvel and Ms Marvel. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Oct 1, 2014

    “Thor” #1 is a solid read that doesn't give everything way immediately. While that may irritate people who jumped in just thanks to the mainstream media, it will please comic readers. Aaron and Dauterman are planning something here and in the long run, the pacing is going to pay off. There are appearances of characters that will cater to strictly movie fans and still please the die hard comic fans. The future of the new God of Thunder is bright is this issue is any indication. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - Emma Kathryn Oct 6, 2014

    A slow build to a worthy pay-off Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Needless Essentials Online - Stan Ford Oct 1, 2014

    So is the issue worth the hype? It's a good comic. I imagine that this story will develop well, but if Jason Aaron is as transparent as it seems, then I will be disappointed. Jason Aaron doesn't have a habit of disappointing me, so I'm going to say that if you are riding the fence, then give a shot and drop the money on it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Doom Rocket - Molly Jane Kremer Oct 6, 2014

    I know some will be upset by the fact that we don't actually find out which lucky lady it was who picked up the hammer to become Thor, and that she didn't do so until the end of the comic. But Jason Aaron has said that he'll continue to tell the story of Thor Odinson in the pages of this comic alongside the new Thor " showing how Thor Odinson reacts to being unworthy was a necessary part of that story. And personally I enjoy the fact that we don't know who is holding the hammer just yet " I like a good mystery. Some tantalizing groundwork has been laid, and while some patience might be needed, this could be a Thor story for the ages. (Which is also what I'll be telling my parents the next time they ask.) Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Outright Geekery - Taylor Oct 2, 2014

    If you never read any of his work in the last two years, go out and do so. And be sure to pick up this issue when you're done. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Noah Sharma Oct 2, 2014

    Though we really could do with more of the new goddess of thunder and a little less time spent on Odin's pig-headedness, Aaron is clearly crafting a story steeped in the most classic traits of Marvel's Thor: family, nobility, and worthiness. In the end, the important takeaway is that, yes, this is a worthy title to possess the power of THOR. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Backwards Compatible - Paul Fiander Oct 1, 2014

    This is very much a Thor book Aaron has the voice and the world around down to a tee. My main reservation is that the Issue has a fill in the blanks feel to it near the beginning based around the Original Sin. Ultimately this first issue has me wanting a lot more from this series and that should always be the Job of a Number 1 to hook the reader. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nerds Unchained - Kyle Mc Oct 3, 2014

    Sure our new hero only being around for two pages will come as a disappointment for many, myself included but the issue is still worth the price of admission. For those unaware its worth knowing that both Thors will be around in this series so while it'll feature the fall of Thor Odison, it'll see the rise of the new Thor. Most importantly though Thor #1 succeeds as a good jumping on point for new readers and I for onewill definitely be sticking around to see where this one goes. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Pop Cultist - Josh Elliott Oct 1, 2014

    Overall, the Sword in the Stone setup with Mjolnir is fun, and Aaron takes male Thor in a compelling direction before he introduces the female Thor. Cast your bets on her identity now, and let's see how long Aaron keeps it a secret. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Sep 29, 2014

    The all-new Thor does not appear until the final page of "Thor" #1, but in the twenty-one pages prior to that, Aaron provides more than enough story for readers to sink into. There is a lot to like here, from Dauterman's more animated characters to Joe Sabino's fresh lettering choices in captions and effects, to Aaron's choice to drive Thor's quest to do right in this adventure through mystery. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Meagan Damore Sep 29, 2014

    Aaron and Dauterman's "Thor" #1 may be gorgeous and fun, but it is only the beginning. Though new Thor's path to Mjolnir has been cleared, we have yet to see her in action and there are many questions still to be answered; however, the road so far is bombastic, gripping, and heartfelt. While Odinson could never truly be replaced, Thor is sure to wend her way into readers' hearts -- if she hadn't already. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - George Marston Sep 29, 2014

    Thor #1 may be too by-the-numbers to truly feel electric - indeed, the most innovative concepts it holds are relegated to the briefest of glimpses. However, there's a lot of potential here. Thor's feud with Roxxon continues, and the politics of Asgard are more interesting than they have been since Jason Aaron has been writing the title. More than that, Russell Dauterman is a perfect fit - Thor #1 would be worth the price of admission for his art alone. Aaron and Dauterman may not have captured their lightning in a bottle, but it has definitely struck. And where there is lightning, there is thunder, and that is what Thor is all about. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nerdophiles - Cody Eastlick Oct 8, 2014

    Check this book out! If you're at all a fan of Thor this book continues on one of the most metal runs of the Thunderer of all time. If you're new to Thor and wanna hop onboard, pick this issue up, it is entirely readable solo but I'd recommend you start filling in the back story with Aaron's previous 25, beginning with the God Butcher arc, for the full experience of the story. You will not regret it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Kalem Lalonde Oct 2, 2014

    Thor #1 debuts very strong. While the plot is simple, there is some amazing character work on display here. Unfortunately it may not be the character you wanted to see. Overall, this issue is a great continuation of God of Thunder but a weak primer to the new Thor Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Kliq Nation - Timdogg Sep 29, 2014

    Readers will have the best of both worlds inThor. We can follow Odinson's journey back to worthiness, while experiencing what it is like for someone new to carry the responsibilities and mantle of the God of Thunder. Can she handle familiar threats to her predecessor? Make sure to let us know in the Comments section below your guesses as to who the new Thor is? Along with letting us know your overall thoughts. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comix I Read - Boris Roberto Aguilar Oct 1, 2014

    A new Thor has been introduced and while there are still many questions on the minds of readers, Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman have done a fantastic job to set the stage for what will for sure a memorable story arc and run. Jason Aaron's character development and story paired together with Russell Dauterman and Matthew Wilson's art makes this book beautiful and a must own.  I recommend that folks read this issue as it is a perfect jumping on point for anyone.  Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Herald - Matt Lehn Oct 4, 2014

    As a stand-alone issue, this uneven finish is a detraction. I'm sure it'll execute better when revisited in the bigger picture. But for the moment, five weeks until the next issue is far too long of a wait. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Lan Pitts Oct 1, 2014

    The big issue some might have with Thor #1 is that it doesn't really deliver the big change until it's almost time to roll credits. True, there is still a mystery afoot on who exactly is the new wielder of Ye Ole Mjolnir, but hopefully that is enough to keep the readers on board who were all ready for the Goddess to come out swinging. Aaron and Dauterman have so much set up here, and surely has the bases pre-emptively loaded, we just need the new Thor to hit one out of the park. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Oct 4, 2014

    I'm excited to see what Aaron does with this new Thor, but I'm also very glad to see he isn't about to abandon the old one. Both stories should make for an excellent comic. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Sep 29, 2014

    The new volume of Thor faces an uphill battle as it works to escape the shadow of God of Thunder. This first issue doesn't entirely replicate the sense of awesome grandeur of Aaron and Ribic's work and its three-pronged focus on Thor. It's different stylistically, but very much a continuation thematically. Hopefully as the series unfolds, Aaron and Dauterman mesh as storytellers, and we see more of the new female protagonist, this volume of Thor will grow to reach the heights of its predecessor. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    The Latest Pull - Ted L Oct 2, 2014

    Most of the plot does not seem drawn out, but a bit of the characters that are introduced almost feel unnecessary, since they add so little to the plot. Also, it very much seems a coincidence how where everywhere Thor is, Roxxon is as well. The plot wasn't hard to follow at all during the whole issue. That might be because I've read all the important previous books, but everything was pretty clear anyways. Reading “Thor: God of Thunder” might help you to better understand the plot. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Oct 1, 2014

    Light on Thor and the female Thor too, but strong on supporting characters and a potentially epic confrontation. This issue does a lot of things well, but oddly leaves the title characters out. Still, a good first issue to set up what could be a memorable story due to its social implications. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Oct 2, 2014

    I'm a big fan of Thor, but for me, this storyline is off to a weak start. It's just so hard to care when the creative team doesn't give us a reason to care about these characters. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Oct 2, 2014

    Thor #1 is a pretty good issue overall, with a slightly shocking moment for original Thor and an interesting backdrop of political intrigue in Asgardia. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    PopMatters - Jack Fisher Oct 7, 2014

    That's not to say the impact isn't meaningful. The mystery-woman says it herself. The world needs a Thor. It doesn't matter if a man or woman has that title. A hammer doesn't care which body parts its wielder has, only that it can hit the nails at the right angle. That takes away from the whole novelty of Thor now being a woman, but it doesn't take away from the more tragic themes explored in this book. Thor struggling with his unworthiness helps make the story in Thor #1 compelling. The new woman who becomes Thor might as well be an afterthought. It might not make this story completely unworthy. But like grading a test on a curve, it still skews the concept as a whole. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Booked - Newell Turner Oct 2, 2014

    Marvel seems to be sold on the television season template for their titles of late, and Thor is just a second season. That being said, new plot lines are being introduced, and everyone who missed out on the first season is getting caught up on the status quo. Once we get the setup out of the way, I think the book will be back to high quality it maintained for most of its “first season”. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Oct 4, 2014

    Thor is clearly not a gimmick comic book. Jason Aaron is in another phase of his longer story. With that I'm not sure a new reader can come into this and pick up all the strands immediately. However, the readers that have already been on board with Aaron's story will find the subplots just as interesting as the new hammer wielder. I recommend checking this out. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    Multiversity Comics - James Johnston Oct 2, 2014

    "Thor" #1 is a lukewarm debut from an absurdly talented team. It's a series that'll definitely get better as the story goes along and we get into the mystery of who's wielding the hammer. It's Jason Aaron and Russel Dauterman, it has to be good. Hell, a month from now I'll likely be yelling at everyone to buy this book like their lives depended on it. Until then, the limited taste of Thor's future doesn't taste so satisfying ever since it came out Whoopi Goldberg's mouth three months ago. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Jeremy Matcho Oct 1, 2014

    Whether you were for the new Thor or against it, Jason Aaron should have earned your trust if you read the series on a regular basis. The dialogue is solid and the art is great, so dont pass up on this issue and give it a fair chance! Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Nerdist - Charles Webb Sep 29, 2014

    Thor #1 is going to be a challenging issue for some readers. It's the opening chapter in three mysteries (with more probably to follow) that withholds a little too much from the audience. The intrigue of discovering the identity of the new Thor is present, but it's undercut somewhat by all of the many other question marks the story leaves out there. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Front Towards Gamer - Lido Oct 2, 2014

    Maybe this is just a rough start, like I said it strikes me that this issue feels more hurried than anything else, like the authors were rushing to meet a deadline. Maybe in the coming months I'll grow to love Thor, it'll open my eyes to the beauty of the world around me and all mankind will sing its praises, our shared love for Thor ushering in a new era of Viking based peace and prosperity, but I kind of doubt it. As of right now I don't recommend this comic. Read Full Review

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