Not surprisingly, the plot thickens in this issue.
In the wake of Beta Ray Bill's death, the Thors round up the "usual suspects" that might have had something to do with his death. Meanwhile, Lief stays on the trail of "Jane Foster," shaking down a clerk at a clinic where she worked. (I'm not sure how he knew to go to that clinic, but I'm just assuming, in a dictatorship like Battleworld, that the Thors have access to a database that keeps track of everyone.) The clerk tells Lief that Jane disappeared months ago and someone had already picked up her stuff. Enter Thor the Unworthy (a.k.a. Odinson). He tells Lief that he was the one to gather her possessions and cryptically warns Lief to forget her name unless he wants to end up like him, stripped of his hammer. Lief is then called to the scene of another murder, this time of a Donald Blake. Dun-dun-DUN! Unlike last time, Lief's able to catch a suspect fleeing the scene: a bedraggled Loki.
Again, if Aaron wants to get into the police-procedural business, I really think that he has a future. He really captures Lief's frustration at knowing so little about the case, particularly since the stakes continue to get higher. I'm also not sure where we're going, particularly with the Donald Blake revelation, but it's part of the fun. Along the way, the "Secret Wars" setting is starting to feel more and more comfortable, since it's so integral to the story. "Thors" is really the only tie-in series that spans the domains, so it really helps flesh out some of the details of how the domains interact and how Battleworld works. Again, I find myself almost wishing that Battleworld would stay, given the seemingly endless number of stories that Aaron could tell in "Thors." Needless to say, it's great stuff, definitely one of the best tie-in series right now.
*** (three of five stars)