Jason Aaron (Writer), Esad Ribic (Artist), Ive Svorcina (Colorist)
The Story: As the three Thor lay defeated, Gorr prepare to unleash his plan to murder every divine beings out of existence.
The Review: As readers, we can be sometime be witness to the beginning of what we could call a great tenure on a title. No doubt, when Brubaker began writing Captain America or when Mark Waid began his tenure on Daredevil, we knew we were in for something special. It’s when a lot of elements come together to create a vision on a certain character that we know and love that it becomes very rewarding for fans of a certain superhero universe or a certain character and I do believe we have that with this current run on Thor.
What Jason Aaron, Ribic and Svorcina have done with the god of thunder is something that was true to the character, giving us an expensive story about divinity, religion while adding adventure on an epic scope. As Gorr was a colossal menace for each version of Thor, this had escalated to a huge battle on a cosmic level that was something that had been built upon ever since the introduction of the book’s antagonist. Now that we had such a satisfying issue full of action, how could the book capitalize on that climactic conclusion in a satisfying way?
For better or worse, Aaron does so by putting more in context the surroundings around Gorr and by pushing the irony of just what he has become in order to complete his goals. Still playing in the grand scope he has developed for this series, we get the almost mythical* approach to Thor’s conflict against Gorr as the themes are clear and concise, yet big and intense enough that we get that this is not a problem just any Marvel character could solve.
As we get more insight into just how far Gorr has gone in his quest, the stakes gets higher as we see just how the gods may have to react in order to survive or go out with dignity. It’s that elevation of tension and of stakes that makes what may happen next so pleasant for us readers, as Jason Aaron does give us some surprise as he continues to play with his different versions of Thor, with the ever rebellious and arrogant Thor from the past, the surly yet highly capable and confident King Thor and the one we are most used to, the Avenger Thor from the present time period. How they continue to react toward what is happening and how they try to do battle is still quite something to behold.*
However, as good as the approach the writer has on his character is good, it would be nothing without a good context, meaning a plot that can take advantage of such characters. Thankfully, the continuation of the Godbomb arc still goes strongly as the climax is finally at hand as we may see just how the three Thor may defeat such a foe as Gorr and how the gods may make a last stand against the perfidious being. Considering the unusual approach that Jason Aaron had with the flow of the story so far, it is always a pleasure to see that he can still surprise us as the plot goes on. Let’s just say that the present day Thor finds a particularly fun way to deal with the core of the godbomb which does promise a lot for us readers when the conclusion arrive in the next issue.
What has promised tons and has always delivered so far is the art of Esad Ribic, who matches the cosmic, viking and dark mood of the story in a way that is close to perfection. His panels are always full of space, allowing for the atmosphere to hit us in full as the characters take central importance, allowing the background to complement their mood. At times, he is minimalistic and in others, he allows details to flow as his panels never clashes and his pages always convey the mood the script needs. His characters are also quite delightful, as the warriors are muscled and big, the aliens mysterious, yet humanoid and the women, while revealing, also have some of that warrior capacity in their design, which makes them look fearsome as much as the other warriors in the comic.
Still, as much as Ribic can allow for an atmosphere to set in his panels, it is without a doubt Svorcina who does most of the work with his colorization when it comes to set a mood. The way he makes Gorr sucks up close to all the light in first few pages really heighten the temperament of the character and the darkness that surrounds the character and his motivation. On the other side, we have a lot of warm and extreme colors surrounding our Thor, as their energy and fighting spirit crackles on to stop this foe. When there is action, there is a certain use of light and warmth that really adds up to the whole experience, which does credit to Svorcina.
The Conclusion: Jason Aaron, Esad Ribic and Ive Svorcina continues their epic vision of Thor as they up the ante with their interesting approach toward each character, the way Aaron handle his plot and through the stunning and atmospheric work of Ribic and Svorcina.
-Hugo Robberts Larivière
* Mythical being somewhat of an hyperbole, of course, as I am pretty convinced they had no such thing as time travel, twin Mjolnir and aliens in the good old Norse mythology.
* I sure do hope that after this arc, we’ll see more of past and future Thor, as they have proved to be pretty entertaining.