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Mighty Thor #12
Marvel Comics
Release Date: 08/31/2016

Six issues ago, in Mighty Thor #'s 6 & 7, writer, Jason Aaron gave us a glimpse into Asgardian history with less than favorable results; albeit through the eyes of the god of lies, Loki. If you've read my review of Mighty Thor #7, you know how much I liked that foray into the past: it was one of the worst Thor stories I have ever read. Fortunately, this time around Aaron and company hit it out of the park. Mighty Thor #12 is absolutely fantastic! And guest artist Frazer Irving's work on the historical side of this issue is stunning – not as beautiful as Dauterman's art, but perfect for the story Aaron has forged. If a comic is going to barely feature the title character, this is the way to do it.

The story begins with a crack of lightning and we – along with Thor – are dragged across the cosmos to a galactic library, The Halls of All-Knowing. It is here that we learn the origin of Mjolnir. Aaron has outdone himself on this one, this story is so well-crafted it comes across as if it were part of Norse mythology. It is epic in scope and content. And before the issue is done, we – and Thor – are once again dragged off to whatever Aaron has in store for us next.

Russell Dauterman is an artist beyond compare, especially when it comes to his work on Thor comics. But the Old Asgard portion of this book – all but the six pages bookending Mjolnir's origin – is visually rendered by Frazer Irving, who's work fits the historical side of this story so well; he makes the story appear not only old, but come to life at the same time. Irving uses techniques that provide a unique look to his characters and colors that give the visuals both an epic and ancient feel.

If there is a downside to this comic, it is that the story comes to an end much too quickly. Is the story short? No. It is just so good, so well-crafted and engaging, that when I got to the end, I wanted more. And I don't say that because the story was lacking anything; I just didn't want it to end. Jason Aaron's ominous hint he drops through the Lord High Librarian about the future of Jane Foster's incarnation as Thor only adds to my anticipation of what is yet to come and my desire to read and know more.

Mighty Thor #12 is a well-crafted story that could be easily interpreted as a piece of Norse mythology. It is incredibly well written and beautifully drawn. Jason Aaron is one of Marvel's best writers right now and he shows it in this comic. Russell Dauterman is one of Marvel's best artists right now, but in this issue, he makes way for the work of Irving Frazer who does a stunning job of creating a comic that is visually engaging and uniquely stylized through color and technique to give an epic and ancient feel. Mighty Thor #12 is definitely a fantastic read.

Scale of Awesomeness: 10 out of 10