Review: Thor: God of Thunder (Marvel Now! Issues 1 – 10)

Posted 24 July, 2013 by Lianne in Comics / 2 Comments

Thor: God of Thunder
By: Jason Aaron (writer)
Format/Source: single issues 01 – 10; my copy

Throughout the ages, the gods of the Marvel Universe have been vanishing, their mortal worshippers left in chaos. NOW! the Mighty Thor follows a trail of blood that threatens to consume his past, present and future selves. The only hope for these ravaged worlds lies with the God of Thunder unraveling the gruesome mystery of the God Butcher!

In my first comics post here on this blog, I mentioned that my favourite comic book superhero was Thor. I loved the stories that his character is involved with, the Norse mythological elements, the sheer sense of epicness. So naturally I was very excited to check out Marvel Now’s series for Thor, which promised to be amazing (despite not knowing too much about what the story is about when I picked up the first single issue). Contains some spoilers ahead!

The series, from the very first page, has been very epic in scope and depth, the god butcher’s actions spanning all of time and space. It can be confusing, especially when you think about how events from the past should be affecting the present and the future. There should be some super massive paradox happening there but everything goes all wibbly wobbly timey whimey so the reader does take it for what it is. It feels like vinigrettes at first, snapshots from Thor’s life but the god butcher running through it. It’s only as Gorr’s motives become clear and events really begin to unfold that time and space just start mashing up. Having read a number of stories involving time travel and fractured elements of time, this approach to time and the three Thors doesn’t hamper the experience but rather exemplifies the scope of the story.

Plus, most of the characters who populate this story are gods. They can do whatever the heck they like =P

It occurred to me the more I read that the story can be really dark and really scary, something that Jason Aaron handles very well in the miniseries, Thanos Rising. Gorr is like your intergalactic psychopathic serial killer, killing gods on all planets, all civilisations in all of time and space. Nothing will stop him until every last one of them lay dead. It was interesting for the team to take a break between arcs to give the readers a backstory to Gorr and why he is the way he is; it’s not a terribly new trope per se but it at least colours the character and provides motivation to the things he does.

Seeing the three Thors in the three different time periods was pretty cool, the reader gets a sense of character development or progression depending on where they are in their lives. Young Thor’s reaction to Gorr is very much different from Avenger Thor but there’s the still those similarities connecting them, making those vinegrettes and story jumps seamless. Of course, my mind was absolutely blown when all three Thors met up (yes, MET UP); I should’ve anticipated this but I didn’t and it was just hilarious and awesome. I can’t say I have a particular favourite from the three as all of them had their moments, especially when it came to reacting to each other: young Thor with his arrogance and his annoyance/jealousy over wielding Mjolnir, old Thor rolling his eyes at his younger counterparts, Avenger Thor all “WTF I turn into my dad?!” — were all fantastic and cracked me up to no end.

I absolutely adore the art in this series, it’s my favourite from all of the Marvel Now! series I’ve read — perhaps even ever. It just adds to the overall epicness of the story, the sense of this story happening in an entirely different world from our own. Gorgeous stuff. Will definitely keep an eye out whether Esad Ribic has done other series and works.

Thor: God of Thunder is, hands down, my favourite of the Marvel Now! series. It is everything I expect to read and experience from a Thor story and it hands not only his character but also his character history and development in a very nice way. I can’t wait to read the next issue and find out what happens next in the Thors’ latest attempts to stop Gorr once and for all.

Rating: ★★★★★

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2 Responses to “Review: Thor: God of Thunder (Marvel Now! Issues 1 – 10)”

  1. Wonder what the movie will be like?!

    Glad you thought the comic series was good – now I am all the more anxious to see if the movie will be any good. Thor isn’t my favorite Marvel hero but I still like the dude. Ironically, I liked him more in ‘Avengers’ than his own movie! 😉

    • I’m actually quite curious about what Thor 2 the movie is going to cover; despite reading a number of story arcs from Thor (okay, maybe 3 LOL), I’m not wholly familiar with his story overall…

      lol, really? That’s interesting! 🙂 (Can’t say where I liked him more–then again he’s my favourite so no matter whose movie he’s in, I’m there *thumbs up*)

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