Thor: Lightning and Lament #1 Review

Writer: Ralph Macchio

Artist: Todd Nauck

Colorist: Rachelle Rosenberg

Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino

Release Date: June 29, 2022

Price: $3.99

Reviewer: Lukke Sweet

Thor: Lightning and Lament #1 by Ralph Macchio transports readers back to the Silver Age of Comics.  The story opens with Thor stopping The Absorbing Man from robbing a bank and only goes up from there.  Readers get to see his alter-ego Dr. Donald Blake perform brain surgery on a child, the typical shenanigans of Loki, and the ferocity of Lady Sif and the Warriors Three.

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The Story

Macchio gives readers everything they could want from a classic Thor story in Thor: Lightning and Lament #1.  This isn’t a groundbreaking story or one that will redefine the characters for ages to come, but instead is a one-shot that delivers a fun and simple story.  An easy read, this issue doesn’t attempt to hide what it is, even to its detriment because none of the stakes are high enough to make readers worry that it won’t all work out in the end.  

The Art

Todd Nauck and Rachelle Rosenberg team up to bring Thor: Lightning and Lament to life.  Together, they create a book that is reminiscent of comics from the past, and it works beautifully.  It pairs with the story seamlessly to help create the over-the-top feeling of what a superhero can be.  

Final Thoughts

Thor: Lightning and Lament #1 by Ralph Macchio is a great starter story for those interested in reading about one of their favorite MCU characters.  It’s a fun, low-stakes story that provides an entry point into the Thor mythos without the intimidation of an ongoing series.  Macchio invites readers to enjoy a classic example of what makes Thor a great hero.  Overall, this is a fun issue, but by no means a must-read.


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