This is the 2nd comic-book written by Eric M. Esquivel that I have read, the first was THE BLACKEST TERROR #1, which you can read about HERE. Unfortunately, despite an awesome premise, I ultimately felt let down by that issue. Well, I am happy to say that I have no such problem with this issue.
Esquivel gives his version of Thor a slightly similar origin to the version published by Marvel Comics. Odin, the All-Father, thinks his son is unworthy and casts him down to Midgard (Earth). The difference is in the reason for Thor’s unworthiness, not so much as being arrogant and stubborn, more like being lustful and lazy. The first scene we get of him is offering cocaine to a bunch of alien babes, leading to a drugged-up orgy. When he is cast down to Earth, he lands in Chicago, naked, with nothing but his hammer. While getting into fights with some local gangbangers and then the police, Thor is spotted by an urban vigilante by the name of Street Ghost, who then high-tails it to The Blackest Terror’s HQ, to let him know what’s going on. Loading up with grenades and armor-piercing bullets, Blackest Terror rushes to the scene of the battle, to confront Thor. And just when you think a stereotypical “superhero battle” is about to go down, Thor instead is impressed with the courage of Blackest Terror, and the two of them and Street Ghost walk off to go have burritos together.
While eating, Thor asks about other Gods, and Blackest Terror tells him of the story of Jesus, which doesn’t impress Thor @ all. He can’t believe a real god would let himself be killed, just for humanity’s sake. Then Odin shows up and is embarrassed to see Thor sitting around and eating with humans, and tries to take him back to Asgard, but Thor refuses, so Odin strips him of his immortality and strands him on Earth. Thor doesn’t seem too upset about, as he prepares to join up with Blackest Terror and Street Ghost to fight a giant Nazi robot.
I think the biggest difference between this and the Blackest Terror book is that in that issue Esquivel seemed to be trying to make A Very Serious Point, while in this book it looks like he was just trying to tell a fun story. And, in that case, he succeeded immensely. This book is FUN, and I loved the dialog between the characters, it all rang true. And, once again Ander Sarabia did a very good job on the artwork. The only thing that could improve this book would be if it were in color, vs. black and white, but that’s a minor quibble. I enjoyed it, and hope Equivel gets the chance to write these characters together again.
TWO THUMBS UP!