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Thor: God of Thunder #17: Review

Jan 2014
Jason Aaron, Ron Garney

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The Accursed, Part Five of Five: The God who Saved the Elves

Review & Comments

3.5 stars

Thor: God of Thunder #17 Review by (January 19, 2014)
Review: The Malekith story wraps up with a twist: the baddie is not defeated, instead it’s been made easier for him to appear regularly. Cant’ say I really like Jason Aaron’s writing; As with SCALPED and especially the God Butcher/Godbomb arc, there a dark and nasty undertone to the tales even when he is trying to be comical. His comics may be good, but they are not fun to read; does Aaron really like doing Thor? Remember, this is the guy who made Julio quit reading the Hulk—and that’s some accomplishment. Ron Garney does his best to compensate for the grim ‘n’ gritty writing with his colorful art but the result is still dreary.

Comments: The Malekith of the comics is a much more interesting figure than the one in the movie. So why did they make Christopher Eccleston into a generic mean bad guy? Because the movies had already imposed Mal’s personality onto Loki. The comic Loki was mainly a dark brooding character of evil; Mal was the sneering and colorful rogue with the snarky sense of humor. When they had Tom Hiddleston play Loki the Malekith way, they couldn’t have the “real” Mal come off as just a cheap imitation but had to reverse his personality. Good for Loki but bad for Mal. Just wish they could have done something to make Mal interesting.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor: God of Thunder #17 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Thor is revealed to be the traitor in the League of Realms via a parasite slipped into his drink many months earlier. As Malekith is about to slay the Thunder God, the other Leagues members—Sir Ivory Honeyshot, Screwbeard the Dwarf, and Ud the (presumed dead) Troll—arrive to battle the Dark Elves. Lady Wazira joins her comrades against the enemy. Ud’s execution was faked by means of a spell Thor knew from Loki as part of a ruse against the enemy. Thor hurls Mjolnir but Malekith opens a portal in the air and the hammer vanishes into it. Malekith turns Thor’s liver to broken glass but Thor doesn’t need his liver to kill and elf—especially when Mjolnir returns to his hand. But the Dark Elf tribal council calls a halt to the skirmish; they have decided on a course of action…

… which is to make Malekith their king. They explain to the shocked Thor that his actions have marked him out as the ideal ruler of the deadly elves, and his coronation would unite the squabbling tribes as nothing else could. And for the small matter of his imprisonment: by law a proxy can serve his sentence for him, and Lady Wazira volunteers, for the good of her people. The other realms come to accept this odd arrangement and life goes on….

Epilogue: Malekith and a Frost Giant journey to Muspelheim, home of Surtur, with the intent to form a league of their own….

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Ron Garney
Ron Garney
Ive Svorcina
Ron Garney (Cover Penciler)
Ron Garney (Cover Inker)
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Warriors Three
Warriors Three

(Fandral, Hogun, Volstagg)

Plus: Surtur (Surtur the Fire Demon).

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