The recent issue of “Thor: God of Thunder” launches an all new story arc entitled ‘God Bomb’ and just like the previous six issues kicks all sorts of ass. Jason Aaron brings down the hammer (er pen?) as scribe, but Esad Ribic truly brings the thunder with his stark and atmospheric art.
If for some reason you have yet to pick up this stellar title, now is a perfect time to do so. “Thor: God of Thunder” by Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic is one of the best of the recent ‘Marvel Now’ launch titles which include other smash hits like Uncanny Avengers, Superior Spider-man, and All-New X-Men. Just like those others it has a perfect balance of thrilling action, complex characters, and engrossing storytelling.
(Warning: Spoilers after the break)
What sets this book apart from the Thor comics of yore is that it really embraces its mythological roots. Like the Norse tales from which it draws inspiration, this Thor title is dark and full of gore. Speaking of, this storyline introduces a new adversary for our resident Thunder God in the form of Gorr, the God Butcher. You see Gorr has a thing against deities, and one day stumbled upon a power that enabled him to do something about it, and he’s been mass murdering whole pantheons ever since.
In previous issues we’ve witnessed Thor face off against this terrifying foe throughout three different periods of his immortal life span: From young and brash Viking God to modern Marvel hero and finally to the old and grumpy King Thor of Asgard in the far off future, where he’s essentially fighting off the hordes of Ragnarok single-handedly. Throughout the narrative we find ourselves jumping back and forth through these three time periods and discover that Gorr is actually doing a bit of time-jumping himself.
Issue 7 begins with young, long-haired, Thor waking up next to a pair of lovely shield-maidens. That right there would’ve been enough of a story in and of itself for my four bucks, but it gets better (or in Thor’s case worse…), Young Thor is then captured and tortured by Gorr. Meanwhile, in the future, Thor meets his future self who he first mistakes as his father, Odin. Regardless of the fact that it’s the same character at different points in his life, the two Thors are so very different that it makes for some extremely interesting dynamics (and space/time paradoxes).
So there you have it, “Thor: God of Thunder” makes it’s ancestors proud, and is just as badass as Mjolnir, but less heavy, so pick it up today (if ye be worthy!)
-This review was written by Erik Slader.
Erik is a regular at the shop and writes a humorous history blog at: EpikFails.com