The Unworthy Thor Issue 5 - Cover

REVIEW: The Unworthy Thor #5

Why is Odinson unable to possess the power he once had and is unworthy of the name of Thor? What did Nick Fury whisper to him so that he can no longer wield Mjolnir and is now in search of a new hammer on Old Asgard?

Unworthy Thor issue 5, which is the last in this series, promises to reveal all and wrap up loose ends. It does, but the explanation doesn’t feel satisfying. After all the hype, the reveal is so straightforward that it falls flat. As a whole, Unworthy Thor has been a good series, but I suspect readers will find themselves disappointed by the finale.

We do have good character dialog and moments of reflection by Odinson on how vain and vengeful gods have been, and if mortals would have been better off without them. This title is very much driven by its character moments and the plot is relatively simple. Seeds are planted throughout the book as to where writer Jason Aaron is hoping to lead the Odinson character in a future title.

The art ranges from good to average. This book is drawn by multiple artists, and the quality and consistency of the art vary due to this. I’ve never been a fan of multiple artists on a book unless the chapters in the story are tonally varied enough that it warrants multiple styles. However, we do have some well-drawn splash pages with Odinson posing to look mighty.

Unworthy Thor - Odinson spread

The cover is exciting, but misleading. The cover makes it seem like the book will contain heaps of action, but it is actually a very dialog heavy and character driven book.

The Unworthy Thor Issue 5 - Cover

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars. If you have been following this title and are a fan of Odinson, you deserve to follow this story through to its conclusion.

Written by Jason Aaron
Art by Olivier Coipel, Kim Jacinto, and Pascal Alixe
Published by Marvel

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