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This week’s releases could make a wallet cry. (Mine certainly did!) There were just too many quality books for one week to handle: Saga #12, Hawkeye #9, Uncanny Avengers #6, Batman #19, Thor: God of Thunder #7, Age of Ultron #5, and more! The list is rather daunting, but in the end, it was an Asgardian TIME CRASH that won the day.
That’s right, folks: Thor has gone Who. And that’s why Thor: God of Thunder #7 is the pick of the week.
Jason Aaron has been penning one of the best runs on Thor since Walt Simonson was at the helm. He has taken the character across time and space hunting Gorr the God Butcher, and, in the process, we have gotten to know three distinct Thors. There is the brash and impetuous young Thor, the modern Thor that we all know and love, and Thor the All Father from the end of time. All three have been encountering Gorr in their respective times, until now.
Aaron has thrown modern Thor and future Thor together, and the result is awe-inspiring. The beginning of the book reads like a Doctor Who episode: Old Thor is questioning his younger self as to where in life he is and promptly tells him to forget everything he just said. I was waiting for River Song to step out and chastise future Thor for spoilers! We get the Asgardian version of wibbly-wobbly-timey-wimey as future Thor complains about time travel. Oh, and they get drunk together. I’m very glad Jason Aaron decided to go the humor route with the two Thors. The humor is a nice juxtaposition to the utter despair we see towards the end of the issue at the hands of Gorr.
Aaron has created an amazing villain in Gorr the God Butcher. So many times Thor just faces off against something he can solve with his Hammer, but Gorr is different. He is determined and brutal. He shows no mercy to any deity, and his vendetta spans all of time. And the worst part? The more you learn about him, the more you kind of start to sympathize with him. In this issue Gorr does something I wouldn’t have thought possible. It is a true “well, shit…” moment, and it sets up the rest of the arc to be an emotional and action packed roller coaster. I can’t wait.
Esad Ribic’s art takes what is already an amazing Thor book and makes it a perfect Thor book. This man was meant to draw and paint Thor. He had an amazing run on Conan and has taken that style and applied it to the God of Thunder. Everything is epic. From a dark scene in a cosmic Library of the Gods to Thor and Thor sailing off into the cosmos to confront Gorr, everything looks amazing. He uses a combination of pencils and paint to give every page a wonderful fantasy atmosphere. Even some of the more Sci-Fi looking bits in future Asgard look like they could fit in a Conan book.
Simonson was the master of Thor the superhero; Ribic is master of Thor the god.
If you are a Thor fan, this is the book to buy this week. If you are a comics fan, this is the book to buy this week. If you are a Thor and Doctor Who fan? You have no excuse not to buy this issue. Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic are giving us a run for the ages on Thor (pun intended). If you have extra cash this week, I would recommend grabbing any of the back issues you can. The first trade doesn’t come out until June and it would be a crime to wait that long to catch up on such an amazing run.