AVERAGE REVIEW SCORE:
4 out of 5
(Art by Carlos Pacheco)
In the headquarters of the European Super Soldier program, a subject known as Thorlief Golmen is believed to have lost his mind. However, it is revealed that not only is he Thor, God of Thunder, reborn, but he remembers the fall of Asgard at the hands of the Frost Giants and their Nazi allies.
I've always enjoyed Norse mythology and therefore always enjoyed Thor as a character. Here Hickman ties the comic book character closer to the realities of Norse mythology than was previously the case with the mainstream version of Thor, all of which is to the good as far as I'm concerned.
A great deal of the Ultimates Universe is fairly mean-spirited and determined to apply prosaic backgrounds to the various iconic Marvel characters. For example, with Thor they made him a super soldier test subject with a suit of technologically enhanced armour; even making his hammer a product of science rather than magic. Perhaps what I liked most about this book is that it reclaims the character from that image, revealing it to merely be the current necessity of the man who genuinely was the God of Thunder before the fall of Asgard. It adds the magic and mythology back into the character and I loved that.
I also really liked the way that Hickman seamlessly dovetails this book into Mark Millar's 'The Ultimates: Super-Human', showing the other side of Thor's story in that book and retroactively making it better than it was.
4 out of 5