It’s almost like this volume was written just for Cannonball Read. Dr. Jane Foster, The Mighty Thor, has breast cancer which has metastasized to her liver. When she picks up Mjolnir, she is the healthy and strong Mighty Thor. When she sets it down, she is the dying Jane Foster. Becoming Thor eradicates the poisons that kill the cancer, but not the cancer that is killing her. Regardless, she picks up the hammer when she is needed, because Fu*k Cancer.
The Dark Elves are warring on the Light Elves, Odin All-Father has lost his mind to paranoia and thrown Freya in jail, labeled the current Thor as a thief, and given power to his ill-intentioned brother. Thor, Prince of Asgardia, is no where to be found. The Council of Worlds does nothing for fear of Odin’s wrath.
Odin is resistant to an Asgard ruled by an All Mother and a Thor who is a woman. It’s a nice analogy for misogyny. Some of the benevolent patriarchy, when asked to make room for women in leadership lose their goddamn minds, becoming violent and autocratic.
Loki has returned supposedly in League with Malekith, but you can never tell with Loki. I did appreciate his scruff though.
He provides much needed comic relief needling his two dads. As always, though he is playing his own game.
Jane/Thor isn’t going to be bringing the humor. She’s trying to stop a war amongst the realms and not die of cancer. Every time she becomes Thor, she takes a step closer to death. Freya and Odin are locked in their war with one another, and the Dark Elves and Frost Giants are too busy planning a slaughter.
So yeah, even fictional comic book cancer can go fuck itself. Don’t forget that when you buy from Amazon through the link at the end of every review, the American Cancer Society gets some money to fund cancer research.