I’ve been racking my brain trying to find the words to start this review with. In the end, I’ve decided to transcribe my initial thoughts on Thor: God of Thunder.
It goes a bit like this: OH MY GOD! THIS IS THE MENTALEST COMIC OF THE MONTH!
I think it’s a good start.
Really, from their humble beginning as Jack Kirby experiments with cosmology, the Thor comics have always felt bigger than any other Marvel Comic. Bigger in scope, as Thor would often fight for the balance of Yggdrasil, the World Tree on which the Nine Realms hang, and bigger in drama as the cast was composed of immortal champions, treacherous sorcerers and wrathful monsters...Most of which are deities.And let’s not forget the action. Thor is a Viking god who commands the storm and wields Mjolnir, a magical hammer crackling with energy.Thor: God of Thunder made me feel like a little boy again.
This I attribute to writer Jason Aaron who shows his love for the character by presenting us with a narrative that uses three different incarnations of Thor. How? By starting with the young and reckless Thor of the year 893 A.D., then the card carrying member of The Avengers Thor of the year 2012, and, finally, introducing us to the bearded, one-eyed, King Thor of millennia in the future. What is the connection between the eras? A mysterious new villain called Gorr the God Butcher, a serial god killer. The real treat is Aaron giving each Thor its own distinct voice while still making it feel like the same person.
Esad Ribic and Dean White work amazingly well together and do nothing but help the story. They understand that this is a Thor comic and give it the required bombast while keeping the whole thing, for lack of a better word, dark.
This is more than a safe bet for anybody who’s ever been a fan of Thor or has seen the movies and wants to know more.