The League of Realms rides again to attempt to save Alfheim and queen Aelsa from Malekith’s forces.
Thor assembles a mighty team of warriors from across the ten realms to battle the Dark Elves and free Queen Aelsa of Alfheim and the Light Elves from Malekith’s grip. This new League of Realms includes the Lady Sif, Angela, and Agent Solomon, as well as representatives from Vanheim and Jotunheim. But it might not be enough to save the realm of the Light Elves from Malekith’s machinations.
The Mighty Thor Volume 3: The Asgard/Shi’ar War | Written by Jason Aaron, Art by Russell Dauterman
Meanwhile, back in Asgard, Cul Borson insists Jane Foster either beat her cancer or resign her spot in the Congress of Worlds. Thor is kidnapped by the Shi’ar and made to fight in a battle of the Gods against K’ythri and Sharra. K’ythri and Sharra show just how fearsome they can be, while Thor shows her compassion for all living things. Angered that the “puny” Thor will not play their game, and that she is deemed the winner, they unleash the final judgement: The Phoenix!
I was really excited to see the League of Realms. I got to see characters I like return like Lady Sif and Angela – whom I got to know reading The Guardians of the Galaxy comics – and was introduced to new to me characters as well. I’ve been wondering how they’d save Queen Aelsa and Alfheim from Malekith for some time now and this gave me the battle I was hoping for.
The Asgard/Shi’ar War
However, the volume took a turn when it started the Asgard/Shi’ar War chapters. It’s eventually revealed that the war was conjured to keep Thor occupied while Malekith’s forces spread throughout the realms. It’s not only a distraction for Thor but one for readers as well as it detracts from the main story. I found myself wondering what the point of it was beyond taking readers away from the main story which I was eager to see play out.
Not only that, but did we really need an appearance by the Phoenix Force? Or reluctant X-Man Quentin Quire to help “defeat” her? Or even the Shi’ar? It all felt unnecessary. I’m not sure if it will tie in somehow or not. I’m hoping it does, otherwise what was the point of distraction?
The only good thing was at the end of the storyline Thor finally revealed her identity to the Odinson.
Lords of Midgard
Jason Aaron was the first writer on Marvel’s Star Wars comics. He has also worked on the X-Men, Wolverine, and Doctor Strange comics. Russell Dauterman was a costume illustrator for such films as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Captain America: The First Avenger before breaking into comics. His other titles include Supurbia for Boom! Studios, Nightwing for DC, and Cyclops with Greg Rucka for Marvel. I’ve really enjoyed his artwork thus far. His artwork is really enjoyable and you can tell he was a costume illustrator in the past as he really takes the time to put the details into the characters’ costumes. It would be very easy to cosplay one of the characters featured here.
Overall, this was not the best volume in this series. It got off to a good start, only to falter.
The Mighty Thor Volume 3: The Asgard/Shi’ar War is published by Marvel Comics and is available to buy NOW!
The Future of the Force. The future of pop culture writing.
Melissa Villy is a regular Staff Writer for Future of the Force. She is a passionate Star Wars fan and is the custodian of the FOTF Jedi Archives. Follow her on Twitter @JediLibrarian42 where she uses the force frequently!
I’m Mina, the Jedi Librarian. I’m a teen services librarian, lover of all the books, and a lifelong Star Wars fan. I’m also secretly a Jedi.