One Thor, Two Thor… Meh, I’m not going to be able to finish that reference. It’s time for Gorr to unleash his Godbomb!
Thor: God of Thunder #7
In the past, not even a bed full of naked ladies can calm Thor’s nightmares about Gorr. In the future, the present day Thor and his older self are preparing for battle against the God Butcher, but even that greatest collection of Thors ever gathered will not be enough. In the past, Thor’s attacked by one of Gorr’s berserkers and is ultimately trapped on Gorr’s world where he’s put to work on the monster’s greatest “creation” – a bomb unlike any other.
As a lifelong fan of Thor, Jason Aaron’s run, thus far, has honestly been one of the best ever. In some ways, it feels like sacrilege to say that having been groomed by Walt Simonson’s run, but Aaron has proved time and again that he simply understands the Thor character. Nevermind that this story spans about 16,000 years of time, or that there’s some crazy godlike time travel business going on in this book. What makes this story truly unique is the three different versions of Thor we’re getting to see. The present day Thor is a tempered, but fierce, warrior who has learned to be a hero of greater good beyond that of personal recognition or selfish reasons. The younger Thor hasn’t learned quite yet how to be a hero. We’ve seen him fight for his own reasons and if it turns out great for everyone, so be it. He’s a hard drinkin’ hard fighting guy who likes the worship he receives from humans and the bedroom romps he gets with the ladies. The older Thor is different still. He’s likely the most powerful of them all in terms of what he’s capable of conjuring (like Odin), but he’s weakened by sorrow and regret. Aaron is great at giving us three very different characters that all still have that one common thread of personality that makes them all Thor. It’s almost as if we’re getting three different writers’ perspectives on the same character in the same issue. I actually can’t wait to see all three come together because the youngest and the oldest both have reason to idolize the present day version and strongly dislike each other.
This is the type of layering that I really enjoy in comics. I’m never one to discount stories because they are seemingly trying to be smarter than their own good. However, I look at other series like Avengers, and I see a layered series that seems to be layering ideas and characters in heaps and not really giving the reader a chance to sort out everything before another element is added. In this series, that is every bit as odd and interesting as Avengers could be is still making this entirely about one simple thing – our main characters. The more we understand Thor in all his forms, and Gorr in what he wants and what his end goal is, the easier it is to throw in the deeper and more gonzo ideas like the element of time travel or the godbomb itself or that old librarian guy who is overly crotchety. Those are all seasonings that make the story that much better and richer. That’s why this series is right up there in the top of the list for Marvel NOW! series. It’s been such a great start for the series that even Uncanny Avengers has shown a young, slightly more egotistical Thor as well.
Along with Aaron’s spectacular storytelling, we’re also treated to Esad Ribic’s gorgeous art. I’ve come to realize that there may not be a more perfect artist to tie to this story than Ribic. He has such a great mix of hard and soft lines that almost creates a texture that is, for a lack of a better term, fleshy. You can almost feel the leathery clothing or skin of the characters. When you are standing in a corridor of Asgard, there’s a dusty and sandy feel to the ground and walls. Ribic has the ability to make the surroundings feel lived in while making the characters look alive. Just as much as the aforementioned Simonson’s Thor needed to look and be written as he was in the 80s, I feel the way Ribic has drawn this series is what we should expect from Thor comics going forward.
We’re only getting started in this new arc, but it’s off to a fantastic start!
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|Aaron’s storytelling and characterizations of Thor is spectacular. Ribic’s visuals are stunning.||Very little to dislike if anything at all, bring on the Godbomb!|