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

The Story: Present Thor meets his future self to prepare for battle against Gorr, as Young Thor gets abducted by the god butcher.

The Review: I fear that I’ll get redundant. That people might disregard any future review I might write on this title as I sing the praises of Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic’s work on the adventures of the god of thunder. How could I not, though, as the duo has given us not just one of the best versions of Thor in a long time, but they have given us three great and different versions of the same character as well. The exploration of how Thor would have changed throughout the years is something that is incredibly fascinating and that Jason Aaron has handled quite well so far.

Just the way he handles the older Thor as a man that is hardly impressed by all that is going on around him speaks volume about how such a long-lived being could change and adapt to such a thing as the Marvel universe. There is a particular exchange between the present-day Thor and the old Thor that is funny, yet utterly in character with what we might expect from both characters.

-‘’You…I mean, me…we are the All-Father.

-‘’I am the All-Father. You are still just…What are you again? An Avenger? Guardian of the Galaxy? The head of that ridiculous little order of yours? Have you moved to the sun and become a cosmic god cop yet?’’

-‘’What? No.’’

-‘’Oh. Then forget I said anything.’’

Such an exchange is both silly, yet speaks volume in mythology, heroics and just the overall importance of Thor as both a character and god in the Marvel universe. This shows that Jason Aaron just gets who Thor is and what he could very well be, showing the very idea that as a god and a hero, Thor is versatile, capable of adapting himself in both a meta-fictional and literal way to whatever task is needed of him. He also does get the voice of what kind of evolution a being like Thor had over the numerous centuries of his existence, as the way the three Thor speaks and acts speaks volume about their characterization.

Another aspect that is also very much praiseworthy would be the scope in which Aaron writes his story, as the divine aspect is never downplayed in importance, as Gorr is shown to be an utter menace, while the climactic reveal at the end of the issue foreshadows great trouble ahead. The Nexus of all the gods, time travel, final battle against a butcher of gods, godbombs, Aaron does not play anything small, which is fitting of the god of thunder. From what we can see so far on his handle on the character and the possible expansion of his mythology, Jason Aaron’s take on the character will surely stand quite tall in the pantheon of great Thor stories.

The same could be said about Esad Ribic, who manages to capture the tone of Jason Aaron’s idea and his scope perfectly in his artistic portrayal of the Asgardian warrior god. His backgrounds are atmospheric, moody and just very well detailed, as much as the expressions on each characters face are distinct, full of expression and life. The way he draws the fallen Asgard itself is spectacular, showing both splendor and despair in the lifeless landscape that is the land where the older Thor resides. In this, he is greatly helped by Ive Svorcina who just manages to add to the impossibly gorgeous work by Esad Ribic with its very subtle color work. The way he manages to meld everything together in countless degradation of colors and waves with his palette is nothing short of admirable, which warrants even more praise to the artwork.

The Conclusion: This is another superb issue by Jason Aaron, Esad Ribic and Ive Svorcina, who manages to craft a tale of high mythology, adventure and grandeur in a tale that mix time travel, divinity and heroism in a small package. This is clearly one of the best, if not the best of the first wave of Marvel Now! I strongly urge everyone to read it.

Grade: A

-Hugo Robberts Larivière