Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Albert Avilla Reviews: Thor God of Thunder #1
Reviewed by Albert Avilla
Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: Esad Ribic
Covers: Daniel Acuna
Variant Covers: Skottie Young; Joe Quesada, Danny Miki & Richard Isanove
A World Without Gods (Spoilers!)
Thor is the definition of awesome when he is handled well, and we have an excellent example here. How are they going to top this? I'll be pleased if they can maintain this level of storytelling.
We see Thor go from being a protector of a Norse village to the savior of a planet to the last defender at the gates of heaven. We don't get to see the villain of this piece, but by his handy work, we know he will be more than a formidable foe for Thor. This is the beginning of an epic battle between Thor and Gorr the god butcher. It is fascinating to see Thor's growth within these few pages. In his youth, he is a bold adventurer who cares little how his actions affect others. In the present, he is a mature god working for the welfare of others. In the future, we see a worn-down, elder god, the last Asgardian, fighting for the honor of his lost race.
I couldn't ask for a more wonderful read, even from a bestselling fantasy novel. The beauty of Thor stories is that you can go from superhero fantasy to sword and sorcery with single character. This is a fantastic beginning to the new Thor series.
The art is worthy of the great story. This journey through time and space is made more fabulous by this magnificent art. Thor's godliness pulsates throughout each panel.
I rate Thor God of Thunder #1 Buy Your Own Copy. #2 (of 5) on Al-O-Meter Ranking.