When I started this issue, I didn't expect to be reading a police procedural. But, it's exactly what we get here, and it's a good thing. If Aaron decides that he's done with comics, he has a future writing for "C.S.I."
The Ultimate version of Thor, known as Lief, and Beta Ray Bill are investigating the fifth in a series of murders spanning several domains. As they examine the body, they learn that Odin has declared it an "Allthing," meaning that all Thors are put on the task of solving the mystery. Lief and Ray have no leads until Throg (the frog Thor that serves as the Thors' lab technician) reveals that they're all versions of the same woman. (I was particularly pleased with this revelation, since it's really the first time that a "Secret Wars" issue has addressed the fact that multiple versions of the same person exist throughout Battleworld.) Lief goes through mission-persons reports while Ray goes to talk to a contact who reveals himself to be Loki. The Thors recognize Ray's clap of thunder, and they follow it to the source, discovering him dying in the alley where he encountered Loki. Ray tells Lief that the woman is Jane Foster (dun-dun-DUN!) and then dies.
Seriously, I loved this issue. I really don't have much to say about it, since it was solidly written and just a joy to read. We still don't know why someone is killing Janes, whether Loki killed Ray, or how Ray actually got Jane's name, but Aaron is clearly going to get there. In the meantime, I'm just going to enjoy the unexpected journey to that point.
**** (four of five stars)