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Thor (2007 Series) #4

November 13, 2007

Quick Rating: Good
Title: No Borders
Rating: T+

A journey to Africa sends Don Blake into the hands of more lost Asgardians.

Writer: J. Michael Straczynski
Pencils: Oliver Coipel
Inks: Mark Morales
Colors: Laura Martin
Letters: Chris Eliopoulos
Editor: Warren Simons
Cover Art: Oliver Coipel
Publisher: Marvel Comics

This issue Donald Blake joins the ranks of Doctors Without Borders, an international relief organization who sends medical assistance to the harshest places on Earth. As luck would have it, his first assignment in Dabran, Africa brings him near some of the lost Asgardians that his alter-ego, Thor, is seeking across the globe.

The cover somewhat gives away the identity of just who Thor finds in this remote part of Africa, but the story is still strong enough to get us there, and the characters are old favorites, so seeing them again is certainly a treat. Straczynski takes an approach here that almost feels like it would fit in with his Squadron Supreme, applying his superheroes to a real-world situation and actually putting them to use in a way we don’t often see in mainstream comics.

The only real problem here is the question of how long Straczynski can keep this up. The whole angle of seeking lost Asgardians can only last so long. Fortunately, by the end of this issue it seems like he may have fond a different angle to take, which will hopefully work out for the story.

Oliver Coipel’s artwork really is impressive here. He manages to drop Thor and the other Asgardians in the middle of Africa without making them look particularly out-of-place. (Well, no more out of place than a Norse god would look anywhere in the 21st century.) Also – in case I hadn’t mentioned it before – I really like his redesign of Thor’s costume. His nose is a bid odd – a bit bulky – but other than that, he looks good.

Decent issue, with no real complaints.

Rating: 7/10

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