‘Strange Tales: Thor & Jane Foster #1’ Sees A Love and Thunder Type Of Team Up

The latest Marvel Infinity Comic written by Gwen-Verse and Hack/Slash creator Tim Seeley, is a tale that examines Thor and Jane’s relationship.

Yesterday, Marvel Unlimited released a new Strange Tales adventure featuring the Mighty Thor and Valkyrie Jane Foster. Aptly titled Strange Tales: Thor & Jane Foster #1, this infinity comic is written by Tim Seeley, the mind behind the beloved Hack/Slash horror comics series, and features artwork by Ramon Bachs, and colors along with inks by Java Tartaglia. With story edits by Jordan White.

A one-off Strange Tale filled with action, behind-the-skin tension, and thematic anecdotes about ex-lovers, this short is told in the style of a vertical comic. Which seems pretty beat-and-bash at first glance, until the cracks unravel like a fragmented Mjolnir, and the story becomes something more. All for a sad tale that brings up some heavy topics about the nature of our ever-changing relationships.

Now, before I get into any extreme platitudes let me say: that I am absolutely biased in my love of Tim Seeley. Hack & Slash is in so many ways, the late 2000s Slasher Goth’s indie comic bible. It is a series that blends all your favorite things about the genre, that then squishes it all together into the chest cavity of where a normal person’s heart used to be, bringing vital life into a supposed-to-be-dead genre like a Frankenstein’s monster. 

Having been in a teenage rock band in 2004, as a person who absolutely adored this type of gothic My Chemical Romance-loving, skinny jeans at hot topic attire, I fell in love with Cassie Hack hard and quickly. Since reading Hack-and-Slash Tim Seeley has absolutely been someone I enjoyed following in the comics game.

But much like my band that broke up in 2008, my relationship changed in how I followed that particular type of gothic and horror style. I replaced my love of music and screamo, in my 20s, for a career in psychology. Pivoted my tastes in horror, music, and art styles into a study of outcasts in general, at least, for a time in my life.

My relationship to it changed. Much like how, in Strange Tales: Thor & Jane Foster #1, that story is very much about change. Particularly, in regards to the relationship between Thor and Jane. So while the premise is a battle between the two against Mr. Hyde, the rougher reality of the situation, is the fragmenting cracks of their relational foundations. It’s a type of horror portrayed rather cleverly in this one-off that’s both action-filled but also touching, in a way that leaves you feeling slightly more grown-up than when you left it.

There is a lot that is different regarding Jane and Thor’s changes over the years. And, as I’m sure Thor: Love and Thunder will highlight later today, Jane’s changed A LOT as a person. The comic brings both fond memories… but also at times… resentment, of the people we are. And the people that we’ve become.

It’s a good story that I highly suggest fans check out on the Marvel Unlimited App. 

Jane Foster Valkyrie in Strange Tales Thor and Jane Foster Cover

The man behind the mirror presents a team-up tale between Jane Foster: Valkyrie and the God of Thunder, Thor! Mr. Hyde doesn’t stand a chance…

Christian Angeles
Christian Angeles
Christian Angeles is a screenwriter who likes sharing stories and getting to meet people. He also listens to words on the page via audible and tries to write in ways that make people feel things. All on a laptop. Sometimes from an app on his phone.

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