Written by: Jason Aaron
Art by: Esad Ribic
Thor has had quite the re-inventing over the last several years. In my youth Thor comics weren’t something I appreciated on a regular basis but I always loved Thor in team books like The Avengers. The guy is just a badass and for better or for worse he knows it. J. Michael Straczynski killed the God off a few years ago and then brought him back to life in a sort of baptism of comic book mythology. The story was fantastic and set a pace for Thor to be interesting in his own books. Thor: God of Thunder is a spinoff sort of self-contained Thor story arc not connected to anything else in the Marvel universe.
It’s kind of interesting when Marvel brings forth these story arcs that exist outside of everything else happening in the larger universe. It’s a tough sell for many Marvel characters but not for Thor. Thor just by his existence is easily a character you’d imagine dealing with many godly things out of the human pay grade. This story by Jason Aaron is just such a Godly situation. The story has so much impact that even the thought of involving humans doesn’t cross Thor’s mind. The setup of the story follows the God of Thunder fighting the same enemy through three eras of his life. This God Butcher first appears to Thor in his youth, again at his middle age and finally near the god’s death. Through Thor’s first two eras he was unable to defeat the God Butcher which leads to him being possibly the only God left in existence by the time of his old age.
The epic battle first takes place on a Galactic level with Thor chasing the God Butcher from planet to planet. By the time the story arc hits “The God Bomb” The God Butcher has shown the levels of his own power by fighting Thor not only across space but also across time. By the time of this installment to the series all three eras of Thor are existing in the same time. An old and dying Thor is reinvigorated by his younger self and is finally ready for one final battle with the Butcher determined to finally end him. That leads to a wholly unnecessary sequence in this book but a ridiculously cool one. We’ve seen Thor hurdle himself hammer first across the cosmos but now on his way to this perceived final battle old Thor chooses to sail a space faring Viking ship. One could argue that old Thor doesn’t have the juice left to make such a long flight but a more interesting argument and more correct one is that the ship is supposed to be symbolic. The old Thor wants to return to the old ways to finish one very old fight.
The biggest issue with this story is the three Thors in the same story. Any time comic books start crossing time things can get a little convoluted. While this story does feel convoluted in that expected way overall Aaron does manage to keep it all streamlined enough to maintain the entertainment and pace the series has kept up so far. This story in an odd way is just so simple that it plays against the environment in which this story exists. There is the excessive bravado and melodrama one would expect from a story based around battles with Gods but again Aaron wrangles it all and makes it impact the more real drama that the story has to share. The action is well rendered but not as excessive as you might expect. There are many twists and turns in the story that often take precedence over hammer crashes. The action that does occur by the end of the issue is epic though.
The art here and throughout this story arc has been somewhat basic compared to the over the top art I’d normally associate with a Thor comic. The bluish pallet and lower detail backgrounds offer the feeling of the character being stripped to his base existence which the written word also does. The emotional needs of the characters are well represented in facial expressions and even the three different versions of Thor at different ages all resemble each other as they should. The art here isn’t groundbreaking in any way but it is perfectly fitting to the story.
Thor God of Thunder #008 The God Bomb Part 2 extends this story arc further than I expected the story would run and that’s a good thing. When I first began reading Thor God of Thunder I would have expected it to end at around six issues but Aaron has done enough with the story that it has been worth reading beyond that. We get three very interesting, and very different versions of Thor and now seeing them all together could be a fascinating end to the journey.
Overall (Not an Average) 8.5/10
The Story 8.5/10
The Art 8/10
Overall (Not an Average) 8.5/10