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Thor: God of Thunder #8: Review

May 2013
Jason Aaron, Esad Ribic

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Godbomb, Part Two of Five: God in Chains

Review & Comments

4 stars

Thor: God of Thunder #8 Review by (May 13, 2013)
Review: Starsharks! Cool! Though they seem identical to the oceanic variety, just, y’know, swimming around in space. Among the stars. Starsharks. Oh yeah, there’s more to the story. Gorr’s smug little monster recites a few standard anti-religious arguments—wait, with the God Butcher arc here, Godkiller in Iron Man, Captain America’s rebellion against self-styled god Arnim Zola, who is Marvel’s story editor these days, Richard Dawkins? Anyway, the jury is still out on whether Jason Aaron is pursuing an anti-religious agenda in parallel with his villain (a couple of snarky Biblical allusions appear). The biggest deal is the introduction of the Goddesses of Thunder; they are well-drawn in a few brief panels with each one having a distinctive appearance and personality—the problem is, they haven’t been matched up with names yet. The best “little” moment in the story: Young Thor’s envious glance at Mjolnir as the Thor are gearing up for battle. Nicely done yet still very grim issue, leavened by a little bit of “The Three Thors” comedy. T

Comments: First appearance anywhere of the Goddesses of Thunder, Atli, Ellisiv, and Frigg Wodensdottir. In the letters column, Jason Aaron confirms that the multiple-Thor arrangement will continue beyond this story arc.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor: God of Thunder #8 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

As Avenger Thor and King Thor are on their way to the lair of Gorr the God Butcher in the fabled ship Skithbladnir, Young Thor is a slave on that world. Along with captive gods of many other pantheons, he is forced to haul rocks. He attempts to rebel but is quickly informed by a trio of lovely young goddesses that any attempt at revolt results in Gorr crucifying another god. They tell the brash new captive to shut his mouth and remember that he is no longer a god but a slave. At this point, the reader is informed that these women are Atli, Ellisiv, and Frigg Wodensdottir—Thor’s own grandchildren….

Thor spies the Godbomb, and Gorr’s young son proudly explains his father’s goal of eradicating all gods from the universe and becoming the greatest redeemer in the universe. The arrogant kid walks off as Thor tries to point out the obvious: that Gorr himself is now a god….

On a day of rest, the slaves meet to plan their only chance at rebellion. The ringleaders (Thor’s granddaughters) have calculated that the Godbomb sill be completed in only three more days, thus now is their only chance. They have assembled an explosive out of stolen materials and now need only a volunteer for the suicide mission. At this, Young Thor steps forward to offer his services, boasting of his identity as the favorite son of Odin (and surprising his granddaughters). They are skeptical but as they outline the scheme to sabotage the Godbomb, they turn and find that Thor has already snatched up their explosive and headed out on his mission. As he rushes past the Black Berserkers, some of his powers return and a thunderstorm surrounds hm (finally confirming his identity to the Wodendsdottirs) and he hurls the small bomb at the larger one and there is an explosion….

In space King Thor and Avenger Thor have seen the thunderstorm and are heading to the planet when they are surrounded by starsharks. Then they are assaulted by an invader who is revealed to be Young Thor, blown clear out to space by the explosion—but the Godbomb is untouched. The newcomer Thor gears up for battle, ready to join his two other selves for the invasion of Gorr’s world. "Now we let the hammers talk."

Preview Pages
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Esad Ribic
Esad Ribic
Ive Svorcina
Esad Ribic (Cover Penciler)
Esad Ribic (Cover Inker)
Esad Ribic (Cover Colorist)


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Plus: Gorr the God Butcher (Gorr).

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