Writer: Donny Cates
Artist: Nic Klein
Colorist: Matt Wilson
Letterer: Joe Sabino
This issue is sort of what I was worried about when I saw Donny Cates was taking over the main Thor series. That's not to say that the issue was terrible, it was actually fairly entertaining but ultimately there's a lack of depth to the approach that just doesn't sit well with me.
The issue is ultimately about Thor being confronted by Beta Ray Bill who wants nothing but to see Thor released from whatever hold Galactus has over him. And that's pretty much it as there isn't really a conversation and instead just a lot of posturing and punching (or hammering in this case). This leads to Thor finally calling Stormbreaker and breaking it against Mjolnir which on a surface level is pretty cool but ultimately why is Thor being so aggressive against someone he calls a brother?
The art however was stellar and overall felt closer to the same level of quality that we got with the first issue. The opening battle scene showing Thor engaging in a two year long battle and the page where Thor depowered his appearance DBZ in particular stood out. Some of the pencils even reminded me of Esad Ribic, which is never a bad thing. The coloring was fantastic which really comes to no surprise with Matt Wilson on coloring duties.
Overall, while there were hints at some of the most interesting elements that Cates introduced with the first issue, there isn't enough depth here to really deliver a satisfying Thor issue, especially following up Jason Aaron's amazing run. I do hope the coming issues explore some of the issues that Thor is dealing with but I wouldn't hold my breath.