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Earning the Crown (Thor #16 Review)

THOR # 16

Writer: Jason Aaron

Artist: Mike Del Mundo

Colorists: Mike Del Mundo & Marco D'Alfonso

Letterer: Joe Sabino

Publisher: Marvel

Rating: 10/10 flying goats

It’s been a long road leading to this issue. It started from a little seed planted in the Original Sin arc, where a few words rendered The Odinson unworthy, to the time sprawling epic that was Thor, God of Thunder, where he confronts the very embodiment of the anger of believers whose prayers were  ignored by haughty gods. To the amazing adventures of a new wielder of Mjolnir in the Mighty Thor, where she proved that she was more than worthy to wield the enchanted hammer maybe more so than Thor himself. To the massive, and world shaking events of War of The Realms. 

Jason Aaron’s run has been nothing short of AMAZING, as near as perfection as one can get to. In the 9 years of his duties of writing for the God of Thunder, he has brought us an overarching  story that brought so much heart, grandeur, excitement and emotions in every character that we saw. I could go on and on about his run, along with the beautiful art by Esad Ribic, and Russel Dauterman, and why Thor has been my favorite Marvel line for the past 10 years, but I'll save that for a later time in another one of my endless rambles. 

But, of course, the most important story line in all of this magnificence, is the journey of Thor himself. Which brings us to this issue. The War of the Realms is over, everyone is celebrating and it’s Thor’s coronation day as Asgards’ new All Father. We see where all the major players in the saga are today, and how they are moving on with new positions in their lives. Jane Foster is no longer wielding Mjolnir, but is now the last existing Valkyrie, with all the responsibilities within it. Volstag again leads a new congress of the 9 realms. A new League of Realms is here to help keep the peace that was so hard fought for. Odin mourns the loss of his brother (more on this at another time as well, Thor #13 is my personal book of the year), but has also rekindled the love between him and Freya. With all this going on, where is Thor??

 “He’s not coming is he? No, I don’t believe he is. Our son doesn’t want be handed the crown. He wants to be out there, earning it. “ An exchange between Freya and Odin which perfectly encapsulates Thor’s journey in this grand saga. Throughout the book we see Thor helping people out across the 9 realms.  Rebuilding a church devastated in the war, delivering a heart to a person in need of an organ donor, and answering the prayers of  people in a land long forgotten by the gods and ravaged by an insane, war mongering dark elf that brought his own world to ruin. Thor shows us exactly what he has learned, “How to rise above our unworthiness. By owning it.” He shows us that a title means nothing if you do not work for it. How to fall from grace, but only to get back up stronger and better than ever. How a god is not above the people, but is in service for the people. This is issue was the perfect end to an amazing story of growth, and the continuing pursuit of being a better person, or in this case a better god. 

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