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The Lady Returns

July 8, 2009

     In the newest issue of Thor, Jane Foster finally figures out where Sif has been hiding all this time.  Okay, so technically, the dying old lady tells her.  But still.  Donald Blake tries to transform into Thor, and although it is successful, Thor gets knocked out for a bit.  Bill Jr. tries to pretend that he isn’t cold and tries to explain to Balder that Dr. Doom is seriously bad news, and that they shouldn’t trust him.  Loki also struts around Latveria as a man for the first time in a long time.  Thor wakes up and flies to Dr. Strange to try and get him to fix Mjolnir.  Strange is successful, but Thor loses the Odinforce, and his life force is now tied to the hammer.  He rushes to Jane Foster and manages to save Sif at long last.  Bill Jr. gets harassed by Asgardians, Kelda saves him, and Heimdall prophesies the coming of death.

     Well, for the first time in a while, I feel like this series is slowing down.  The vast majority of it was still superb, especially the little scene with Loki and Dr. Doom.  As I’ve said many times, I love what J. Michael Straczynski is doing with Loki.  Unfortunately, with the end of his run on this series coming soon, things don’t quite feel as exciting.  Almost every scene is great individually.  It just doesn’t add up to the superb whole it did before.  Also, I don’t know how I feel about Dr. Strange’s cameo.  He was written well, but there are two problems.  First, how does this fit in with his appearance in New Avengers?  I assume it was before.  Second, why does he look so sinister?  Was that just Marko Djurdjevic’s art style, or was that fortelling of something?  Also, Djurdjevic’s art seems to be degrading a bit.  It’s still superb, but it’s not his best.  Anyway, those are my only real beefs.  This is still one of the best comic books you can find, and if this is the worst it gets, I’m fine with that.

Plot: 9.3      Art: 9.0      Dialogue: 9.2      Overall: 9.2

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