A Coronation For A King In Thor #16

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

Asgard is throwing a coronation for its new ruler, King Thor. However, Thor is nowhere to be seen, and former All-Father Odin is none too happy about it. However, Thor is where he needs to be: helping the people of the Ten Realms, starting with a destroyed church in Midgard. Meanwhile, Volstagg and T’Challa unite the new Congress of Worlds, Beta Ray Bill, Throg, and Thori watch the Trolls settle their new home in Asgard, the Ministers Three look over their new prisoners from the War of the Realms, and the League of Realms ride out to track down the remaining war criminals. Plus, the young Thor and future King Thor ready to return to their own times.

Thor #16 cover by Mike del Mundo
Thor #16 cover by Mike del Mundo

Thor #16 finishes out Jason Aaron and Mike del Mundo’s run on the mainline Thor title before King Thor kicks off.  It’s an easy-going story that shows how things are shaking out for the Aesir now that the War of the Realms is over and Thor is set to become the new All-Father of Asgard. There’s a lot of humor, cameos, and setting up the new status quo for Thor and Asgard.

Though it’s not the final Thor-related book that Jason Aaron is writing, it does read like a true send-off to the book he has been writing for six years. It’s endearing and heartwarming, and we get to see Odin say how he truly feels about his son.

Mike del Mundo does a good job of working in plenty of detail and cameos into the back and foreground. The detailing is quite good in general, and Teethgrinder’s appearance in many of the scenes had me chuckling quite a bit. The color work from Del Mundo and Marco D’Alfonso is brilliant and otherworldly–especially when the Bifrost Garden makes its appearance.

Thor #16 art by Mike del Mundo, Marco D'Alfonso, and letterer VC's Joe Sabino
Thor #16 art by Mike del Mundo, Marco D’Alfonso, and letterer VC’s Joe Sabino

Thor #16 is a heartwarming finale to Jason Aaron and Mike del Mundo’s run on the title. We get to see how it all ends and what’s to come for Thor and Asgard. Thor is the King of Asgard, and King Thor has numerous challenges ahead of him–in the present and in the far future. In a way, we’re back where we started, meeting King Thor for the first time, and that is certainly deliberate (I read Aaron’s send-off letter at the end of the comic). It’s a solid book and is worthy of a recommendation. Check it out.

Thor #16 comes to us from writer Jason Aaron, artist and cover artist Mike del Mundo, color artists Mike del Mundo and Marco D’Alfonso, letterer VC’s Joe Sabino, and variant cover artists Will Sliney with Morry Hollowell; and Mike McKone with Edgar Delgado.

Final Score: 7.5/10

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