A new day dawns as Thor: God of Thunder launches in the new Marvel NOW!
Thor: God of Thunder #1
A millennium ago, Thor once battled a frost giant that terrorized a small town in Iceland. During the hearty celebration he shared with the townsfolk and his fellow warriors, the body of an American Indian god washed to shore. It was theorized then that this god had been murdered by some foul villain. Cut to present day, on the planet Indigarr, deep in space. A young girl prays for Thor to save their dry planet. Thor arrives and gives the people their wish by bringing rains and building rivers in the vast desert. During the celebration there, he’s told that Indigarr no longer has gods of its own. When Thor investigates he finds an empty city in the stars, and the bodies of all the gods that once lived there. Thor realizes that these two acts, separated by nearly a dozen centuries, was the act of the same fiend – Gorr the God Butcher. Skip ahead a few more thousand years and we find a very old Thor sitting as last of the Asgardians. Outside, several of Gorr’s demon dogs wait for him. It’s this day that Thor decides to take the battle to them.
I feared this series might veer too far off what I would like to see in a Thor comic. Without a doubt, artist Esad Ribic’s cover looked almost like gallery pieces hung in Scandinavian museums of their viking gods. It was a departure from the Thor we’ve grown accustomed to over the years. My deep love of the Thor series made me believe that sometimes change is for the better as long as the story was going to be strong. Knowing Jason Aaron, a rising star at Marvel, was going to be at the helm helped me build cautious excitement for this book. Then the snippets of plot started to come out. Thor was going to battle a god killer. He was going to go to deep space. We would see him in different eras, and at different ages. Things were starting to look pretty decent.
When I got my hands on the book, I was not to be disappointed.
In just one issue, Aaron seems to grasp the idea that Thor isn’t just a human god. He’s been all over the universe and battled all manners of creatures and villainy. Right out of the gate, giving Thor a chance to head out into deep space was not just familiar, but also a great bonus. This Gorr the God Butcher is a massive threat – one that Thor should be faced with. While Aaron did not give the God of Thunder his distinctive Shakespearian dialect, he wrote Thor with a fair amount of depth. Yeah, Goldilocks is a bit of a brute who doesn’t turn down ale when offered, but there’s a great deal of inner dialog shown here that makes Thor seem more intelligent than we’re used to – which is another nice bonus. It shows that a verbose character doesn’t have to be a blunt weapon all the time. He can be more than just a barbaric warrior and still be an exciting read. To see the sometimes subtle differences in his demeanor and character in each time frame was very well done.
Ribic’s art is also perfect for Thor. He brings back a little more of the look that the character had pre-J. Michael Straczynski rebirth. There are several absolutely stunning pages in this issue too. His full page shot of the gods of Indigarr was creepy and showed exactly what kind of trouble Thor was getting into. In that silent image, you could almost hear a creepy breeze blow into that chamber as Thor stood there amazed by what he saw. The pages of old Thor were some of my favorite imagery of the entire book. It seemed to call back that lonely and quiet mood set when he found the dead gods in the storage building. With each page this issue gets more and more beautiful as the script rises to its cliffhanger. That’s what I like to see in comics.
Issue #1 of this new era of Thor is a definite success. Aaron’s brooding story and Ribic’s art is a perfect combo that should get Thor fans quite excited for what’s to come!
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|Aaron’s script has everything Thor fans should enjoy plus some added inner dialog that’s fascinating. Ribic’s art acts as the cherry on top by nailing Thor and setting the stage for a creepily dark story.||None|
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