THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #5

By: Jason Aaron (Writer), Esad Ribic (Artist), Ive Svorcina (Colorist)

The Story: Gorr explains much of his motivations for killing deities as present-day Thor meet future old king Thor.

The Review: Jason Aaron does it again. He has, once more, invigorated his mythical version of divinity in the Marvel universe with his adventures with the god of thunder, Thor. With but a simple concept as a serial murderer of gods, he has created a brutal, yet utterly beautiful myth worthy of the legacy of this character who has gotten a lot of talented writers to write him.

The one character who has received the most from this issue is the actual character at the heart of the deceptively simple concept of the story: Gorr the god butcher. In his start, the character was very simple with not much originality to him, be it his design or his motivations. Thankfully, the whole issue deepens him on a whole new level, giving us the exact reasons for his actions with Thor and what are his desires and goals as he decimates gods with glee. This makes him so much more than a simple foe, a mere threat: it makes him a nemesis, a character central to the whole series so far. He has gone from simplistic to complicated, from insignificant to central and it makes the series stronger for it.

What makes it also very strong would be the characterization, as Gorr is not the only one that shines here. Thor, all three versions of him, have been very endearing characters from the very start, yet in this issue it is mostly the future and present Thor that gets most lines here. The heroic and vengeful Thor, the one we know from most comics where he appears, is written quite well by Aaron, as is the future Thor with his cynical and world-weary voice. The two together make for some entertaining moments, even though we’ll probably get more from their interaction later.

What was a little bit less entertaining, though, was the sole weakness of the issue: its temporality. The issue jumps from various eras at redneck pace, never indicating when it does the jump and doing it sometime from panels to panels, then from pages to pages in a rather chaotic way. Most of what happens is quite grand and interesting, but it is a little bit frustrating and confusing to have to backtrack sometimes because comic does not indicate a shift in the temporal structure of the story.

What is the exact opposite of frustrating here is Esad Ribic, giving us an indubitably solid and amazing effort, creating a whole atmosphere of mythology and grimness throughout the whole issue. His Vikings, all the versions of Thor, the environment, the shadows, the expressions, Gorr, everything looks positively fantastic, creating one of the better-looking book in all of the Marvel Now! initiative. It is very rare to say so, but nothing looks bad here, as Ribic is seemingly the perfect artist for this kind of story. In his artistic endeavors, he is greatly helped by Ive Svorcina, who does a marvelous job of accentuating the grimness of the whole issue and the book in general. The lightning effect of Thor hammer is pitch-perfect, as are the shadows. Truly, there is nothing negative to be said about the book in the art department.

The Conclusion: Despite a few hiccups in its temporal structure, this issue gives us an amazingly grand tale of divinity with its amazing script and art. This book truly is one of the gems of Marvel Now! and deserves to be read.

Grade: A-

Hugo Robberts Larivière

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