Thor #8

Writer: Jason Aaron Artist: Russell Dauterman, Matt Wilson Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: May 13, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 28 User Reviews: 35
8.4Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

• The final battle with the Destroyer!
•  Guest stars galore!
•  A shocking return!
•  And oh yeah...Thor's secret identity revealed at last!!!

  • 10
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes May 15, 2015

    A epic story with stunning art that does not disappoint. Long may the Goddess of Thunder reign! Read Full Review

  • 10
    All-Comic - Ian Stephen May 13, 2015

    This has been the perfect creative team for this arc of Thor‘s history. Hard to believe it's only been eight issues, but these creators know how to deliver a rich story. It's one thing to promise to shake things up in a large shared universe at either of the Big Two, but rarely do these stories deliver to readers expectations. This run of Thor did, every issue was perfect and collected this will be a wonderful Thor story to read in a large chunk. It's great to sit here and reflect on this amazing run of Thor while looking over all eight issues. But, then you get intrigued because you wonder what will come next. Thanks to Aaron, Dauterman and Wilson for delivering a wonderful story. What more could you ask for? Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Overmental - Lyz Reblin May 13, 2015

    Run to your nearest comic shop and buy it now! In fact, pick up Thor #8 and the collection of issues #1-5 that was also released today. If you have a bit of cash leftover, consider buying Aaron's Thor: God of Thunder series as well. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    We The Nerdy - Chris White May 13, 2015

    Thor #8 is another excellent issue and the story of Thor is only just beginning. After the big reveal at the end, we are left wondering how much longer ********* will be able to keep her identity a secret whilst continuing her battle against the evil of the ten realms. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - Patrick Ross May 13, 2015

    The mystery is finally solved. Well, this mystery anyway. Aaron has carefully crafted a captivating tale here that leaves us with even more questions, but done so in a way that is a joy for the reader to try to piece together themselves. Add in some kickass artwork and tons of guest appearances, and what we're left with is an issue that's not to be missed. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck May 15, 2015

    It brings the series to a close on an interesting note, and makes me feel inclined to stay with it for a while longer (which is more than I can say for the new Iron Man or Captain America). Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza May 13, 2015

    In the wake of the battle, S.H.I.E.L.D. and Roxxon are still at an apparent stalemate, Asgardia is in emotional turbulence and the Frost giants are listening to Dario Agger and Malekith's promises of the return of one of the greatest Frost Giants ever. So, naturally, that means "Thor" #8 is the final issue of the series. "Secret Wars" threatens the entire Marvel Universe, and nothing, it appears, is sacred. At least Aaron and Dauterman, Wilson and Sabino had a chance to reveal who Thor is. And, of course, there will be more Thor action in and around the crossover, but the end of this issue hits like a surprise road closure just as we hit the on-ramp for a wild summer roadtrip. Hopefully construction finishes soon, as Aaron's Thor saga continues to be an adventure I simply want more of. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Needless Essentials Online - Stan Ford May 13, 2015

    I do recommend picking this series up if you haven't been already. The journey to get to this point is worth following, and for me to say that about a Thor comic is definitely a complement. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - ToriBee May 13, 2015

    Previous issues have led readers to try and figure Thor’s identity as the Odinson has. There seems to be a natural conclusion at this point so the Odinson demands the truth of her but naturally due to circumstances the reveal falls only to the readers eyes and none in the Marvel universe yet know her secret. As for the identity itself, as to not reveal spoilers, let’s just say this: she is undoubtedly worthy to wield such power, of this it’s no surprise, in fact it’s the most obvious surprise choice that could have been made with her rather intimate knowledge of both Asgard and Earth (and the previous Thor). After all the guessing games it might have been exciting to see a character that we were less familiar with— or not known at all, but out of all the characters who could possess the power of Thor out of all options already available, this is indeed the most worthy. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Critical Blast - Mike Maillaro May 19, 2015

    Honestly, I have really enjoyed this series and this issue was the perfect ending"for now! A great fight scene and a powerful reveal at the end. It is very easy to focus on just the mystery of the new Thor, but at the same time, you need to acknowledge that there is a very good comic here on top of the mystery. Full of action and adventure, and just plain fun to read. The new Thor series is definitely one of Marvel's best books! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Lost Lighthouse - thelostlighthouse May 14, 2015

    Thorended this short run as strongly as it started, and I'm reassured that the reason for it ending is due to Secret Wars and not due to sales, which were pretty good according to Aaron on the letters page. For anyone that dismissed this series because they ‘didn't like Thor turning into a chick', pull your head out of your rectum and actually give things a chance rather than having a knee jerk reaction. The Goddess of Thunder has been a great character to read, and while I'm sure Odinson will lift the hammer again (and Steve will return to beingCap, and Tony will stop being even more of a douche. Calm down nerds) I hope this new Thor remains, even if it ends up being through some form of comic book handwavery (I'm going to guess that Secret Wars ends with 2 Mjolnirs on Earth-616). Pick this up at your LCS or digitally. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Comic Book Herald - Matt Lehn May 16, 2015

    Jason Aaron shows no signs of abating his plans because all of creation, including Asgard's cosmology, has Katamari garbage-balled into Battleworld. Read Full Review

  • 8.5 - John McCubbin May 13, 2015

    Thor #8 was as awesome as I hoped it would be, as though there are some small quibbles I have with the narrative, the main meat of the story more than excited. The reveal itself was also handled in a mysterious fashion, as though the reveal itself left me in two minds, the way it was delivered more than mesmerized. So what are you waiting for? Go to your shop and get this issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    ComicBuzz - ChrisG May 13, 2015

    Aaron creates great mirth about the battle while artist Dauterman creates images not seen within the nine realms before and when the dust settles, only us, the reader, are shown the true identity of Thor. And the reveal is truly worthy of this tale, and a fitting epilogue to this truly great story arc. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge May 14, 2015

    This eight issue run of Thor is one that got me back into the character and property after far too many years away. The combination of the detailed writing with the narration and dialogue made it quite engaging and I enjoyed the way the mystery was teased well throughout it, though the faking out we got last time around left me less than pleased. Having read the second Secret Wars issue where we get introduced to the Thors, I'm curious about that series and what it will present, but I'm not terribly excited about it in an eager way. Still, there will be some interesting things coming from it I expect and I'm definitely in considering the team involved. But I'm also really looking forward to getting back to this story already. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen May 13, 2015

    Though the battle with the Destroyer ends on an anticlimactic note, this issue offers plenty of spectacle and cements the new Thor's role within the new Marvel U. The saga of this heroine promises to only grow more interesting from here. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny Hughes May 13, 2015

    Thor has certainly impressed me over the last couple of issues. It is easy to dismiss Lady Thor as just a ploy by Marvel to ingratiate a strong female lead book, using one of their more. at least currently thanks to the movies maybe, popular characters. But that opinion is somewhat flawed. Despite the uproar of a having a female Thor, fans tend to forget that the Big Two are pretty much used to creating female characters from the male original. Batgirl, Spider-Woman, Spider-Gwen and Supergirl to name a few. The quality of this book should go along way to dissuade these views and open-minded fans will enjoy a new take on this old familiar hero. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson May 13, 2015

    The reveal I had initially expected, albeit had ruled out because of the story being told, expertly navigated and well-drawn. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills May 16, 2015

    This was a fun issue, though it's once again more about how people are reacting to the new Thor than her actually starring in the comic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    cxPulp - Terry Verticchio May 17, 2015

    I can't help but think that after the latest Marvel Big Event has run its course the situation concerning Mjolnir will return to its former owner. I just hope that Jason Aaron will have the opportunity to complete the story I'm sure he wants to write. And I'll be there to see how Thor ends. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon May 18, 2015

    Secret Wars has only just begun, but I'm eager to see where Thor fits into all of this. Marvel has really been playing up the idea of legacies for all their characters and creating those for new readers is important. Giving new readers new characters to latch onto without the weight of hundreds of issues of back story and multiple characterizations over 50 years of comics makes them much more palatable. Aaron, Dauterman and company have excelled in giving Jane Foster's Thor a solid base from which to grow. I just hope that this isn't the last we see of this creative team on a solo adventure for her. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero May 13, 2015

    The answer is finally out but the story is not over yet. Jason Aaron has carefully laid out the groundwork for this mystery. There may have been clues and signs along with some misdirects but now readers can digest the information for themselves. There is still more to discover with this character in this role. There will be some consequences from the actions in this issue and now we have to patiently wait for the next issue to see where things go from here. Russell Dauterman's art and Mathew Wilson's colors are fantastic. There is a lot of fighting and it looks great but it felt like it was mainly to fill some time until we get to the moment between the new Thor and Odinson. Regardless, the more I read of this new Thor, the more fascinated I become. Now with the revelation out of the way, we can focus on what this all means and where Jason Aaron is going to take the story next. This book is a blast to read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Chase Magnett May 14, 2015

    Despite that imbalance, the promise withinthe final few pages combined with Dauterman and Wilsons superb work makes Thor #8 an enjoyable issue. When it lands its hammer blows, they really land. IfAaron integrate the ideas introduced at the issue's end, whatever follows this epilogue should feel properly epic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Jessica Boyd May 13, 2015

    It is well-written, but it risks steering into dangerous stereotypical problems for "female heroes" territory. While Jason Aaron may swerve again, it's worrisome that this story could end with not a bang, but a whimper. That's what happens to female heroes: they whimper, then they disappear. This is the opposite of what Jane Foster deserves. I hope, with recent sales, Marvel feels the same way. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose May 13, 2015

    I'll admit, this twist sticks in my craw, and not just because I'm disappointed that Marvel's new premiere heroine isn't an ass-kicking super-spy demigoddess. But while the numbers don't quite add up for the finale of this first arc, this is a big, flashy conclusion with a ton of guest stars that acts as a nice setup. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Multiversity Comics - James Johnston May 18, 2015

    Jane Foster is a worthy successor to the throne of thunder, but can't share the spotlight with the Odinson if Marvel wants this series to be as good as past "Thor" titles. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Yet Another Media Site - Kevin Finnigan May 14, 2015

    Russell Dauterman's pencils make up for the lighter story with some gorgeous artwork. The battle looks great of course, but Odinson's heart to heart with the new Thor is the crowing jewel of the issue. Besides Odinson's odd looking eard, the scene is filled with emotion and fear. Even with fully black eyes, the reader can feel every emotion Thor is feeling while Odinson continues to pry at her identity. Matthew Wilson's colors set the mood well. The battle scene is filled with bright colors and fantastical energy beams. Once the battle ends and we are back down to real life, the colors become more subdued. It brings the focus well onto the two hammer wielders and their conversation. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    We The Nerdy - Jack Johnston Jun 23, 2016

    I have been exceptionally hard on this issue but that's only because I've really loved this series up to recently and I know that Aaron can make it more fantastic and more awe-inspiring than what has been put in front of us here. The series has regained the adjective ‘Mighty' although I feel that this particular issue should have left that out as it didn't really have what makes a Mighty Thor comic, well… Mighty . There was no action at all and what little fantasy that was present was uninspired. I look back to the start of Jane Foster as Thor orThe God Butcherstory and I wonder where that sense of adventure that's been missing these past issues went. The Thors are my favourite heroes but I'm beginning to consider dropping the run from my pull list as Hercules has become a far more interesting read and The Mighty Thor is at risk of becoming the worst thing a series could ever be, forgettable. Read Full Review

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