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Thor: God of Thunder #1: Review

Nov 2012
Jason Aaron, Esad Ribic

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The God Butcher, Part One of Five: A World Without Gods

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3.5 stars

Thor: God of Thunder #1 Review by (November 16, 2012)
Review: Marvel NOW’s new Thor series hits with a major impact, in an epic that spans millennia. Jason Aaron presents parallel tales of Thor facing the same enemy in three eras of his life, providing us with a panoramic view of the character and his history. We start with young brash Thor, move on to the modern noble compassionate Thor, and finally end with a Thor we haven’t seen before: an aged and tired king. The story structure alone is enough to qualify this as a new beginning for Thor. Centering the plot on a cosmic mystery involving a serial killer of deities is also audacious, even though serial killers are even more overused than zombies these days. Can’t really tell where the story is going—as Scott Tipton pointed out reviewing the first issue of a comic book is like reviewing the first twenty minutes of a movie—but it looks promising. Now if I may add a dissenting voice: all the other reviewers seem to be ecstatic over Esad Ribic’s art—and I don’t get it. The cover alone was enough to turn me off: a muscle-bound Thor strutting along in an oversized helmet with a goofy look on his face made me think of a dumb kid in a Thor costume. The art improves inside but Thor still looks stupid on some pages. The look is overly dark and muted, which befits the subject matter but is not very attractive. It’s accomplished but not very inviting.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor: God of Thunder #1 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

A.D. 893 in Iceland. Thor Odinson, God of Thunder, rescues the villagers from a marauding frost giant and celebrates with meat, mead, and women. That night the villagers are shocked by the discovery of a dismembered corpse washing ahore. The head is that of a foreigner, a Native American, with an expression of sheer horror on his face. Thor recognizes him as a god. The Thunder God commands a funeral pyre be raised while he determines to discover who would slaughter a god….

The Present Day on the planet Indigarr: a little girl prays to Thor for relief from a drought which has devastated her world. The God of Thunder hears and sends a rainstorm to that barren planet. He soon arrives in person and enjoys their hospitality. He regales the children with his tales of the glories of Asgard but when an elder assumes that these are mere fantasies, Thor learns that Indigarr has no gods of its own. Thor sets out to find an answer to this mystery and finds the sky palace home of the gods to be completely deserted. He searches every building and finds nothing but long-unused weapons and utensils, plus books of the exploits of the gods. He is about to leave when he spies a chained building. Entering he finds the corpses of the gods, hung from hooks like so much meat, with the signs of being methodically tortured—and he makes the connection with his discovery in Iceland all those centuries ago. He is attacked by a vicious guardian creature, a guardian and he recognizes the work of Gorr the God Butcher….

Many millennia from now, Thor Odinson sits in the empty halls of Asgard, the last survivor of the Norse Gods. Aged and weary, he prepares for one last battle against the invaders, the Black Berserkers of Gorr, determined to face his fate like a god….

Preview Pages
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Esad Ribic
Esad Ribic
Dean White
Esad Ribic (Cover Penciler)
Esad Ribic (Cover Inker)
Esad Ribic (Cover Colorist)


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