By: Jason Aaron (Writer), Esad Ribic (Artist), Ive Svorcina (Colorist)
The Story: The three Thors from the past, present and future decide to bring the fight to Gorr. An epic and cosmic fight ensues.
The Review: Well, this issue was quite something. With the way the three Thor had been united in the last issue, I had thought that Jason Aaron would make their big conflict against the god butcher the climax of his story, giving us a big epic denouement that would rock the heavens. As it turns out, the plan was different.
Indeed, as if Christmas had come early, we’re given the big battle with the Thors from different eras against Gorr and it is glorious. Some writers tend to depower the god of thunder a bit sometimes, in order to give a chance for the other characters to show their stuff too. After all, it wouldn’t make for a very interesting comic to see Thor solve everything with his huge strength, since he has always been written as being an intensively powerful hero that had powers that could rival many in the Marvel universe. Here, Jason Aaron let the three Thor show just how much of a powerhouse the character is and it quite something to see.
With the battle being set in space, we see the three gods fight against Gorr as they hurl each other to planets light years away. Close to each powerful thunder or hammer swings and throw are full of power and energy, which renders the battle quite impressive. It is truly a fight against divine beings in the biggest way, with each Thor receiving panel time in a meaningful way. Be it the old king Thor with the use of his All-Father power, our present Thor that tries to save some people during their fight or the young Thor with his reckless abandon and savagery, each of them shine through their characterization and their dialogue.
The dialogue in question merits some acclaim as well, as does the narration, with both of these things enhancing the whole fantasy, cosmic and epic feeling behind the battle. With almost every big action, Jason Aaron wrote a piece of narration that explains the sheer magnificence or horror behind it, magnifying the effect with his prose. With each written words, the reader can feel the importance of what is happening and just how it might affect the world of the god of thunder. The dialogue also is of importance, as Gorr gives us even more insight into his character, while Aaron brings a bit more levity and humor with the three Thor and their interactions together.
However, as big the battle is, it could have meant that the story progressed at a snail pace, since many writers don’t necessarily know how to mix plot with action in a compelling and organic way. Fortunately, Jason Aaron knows as the battle progresses and the stakes gets higher, with many of the elements that Aaron brought with the ‘’Godbomb’’ arc being played with. This no senseless beat down as there is gravitas to it, with the fate of godhood in the balance. As the issue closes up, we get to see the aftermath as the set up for the next issue is just brilliant, with the conclusion being big, yet teasing at the same time.
If there is something that could also be called big and brilliant, it would be Esad Ribic and his art. While I complimented his atmospheric panels and the large scope he had, it’s tenfold here as the action enclose everything. The planets, the murders, the rage and the triumph behind each and every blow is rendered expertly by the artist, being in symbiosis with the script in such a way that it makes the experience even more satisfying knowing that it is tone-perfect.
Ive Svorcina could also be complimented in such a way, as without him, a lot of the depth or the impact from the battle would be lost. It is with his talent that we can catch sight of the incredible depth of space in the background or that we can see the contrast behind Gorr and the three Thor with his much more somber (at least more than usual) take on the god butcher. The energy is crackling, the blows are big and the atmosphere is even more invasive thanks to Svorcina and it is something to behold.
The Conclusion: While the comic is largely a huge fight scene, it is nonetheless as satisfying as previous issues in the series thanks to the atmosphere of importance given to this battle worthy of an epic. With both the writing and the art, Jason Aaron, Esad Ribic and Ive Svorcina have given us another satisfying entry in one of Marvel Now! greatest title.
Hugo Robberts Larivière