In Brief: These first two volumes of Thor, God of Thunder, written by Jason Aaron with principal art by Esad Ribic, give us three versions of Marvel’s Thor from three separate eras. Thor must track down and face the God Butcher, a foe from his distant past, present, and future. It’s cosmic comics adventure that takes full advantage of the current Avengers cross-over appeal.
Pros: The story is first rate – epoch-spanning, with bits of Asgardian and Marvel Universe lore, while clearly being centered on Thor. Ribic’s art has a Dark Horse/Conan flavor that effectively captures galactic grandeur and Middle Age Norse grit.
Cons: Well, the price. The two hardbound volumes retail at $25 apiece. But that’s a problem the comics industry continues to face. Also, movie fans hoping to see Loki won’t find him here.
Review: Reading comics as a kid, Thor was always just kind of there. He was an Avenger. He had a hammer. He talked funny. I never really picked up any Thor comics, which is weird because I really liked mythology. Of course the character has enjoyed something of a revival recently, with a couple of good super-hero movies and the Avengers tie-in. At Marvel Comics they’re no doubt acutely aware of this, and their Disney masters are on them to capitalize. Books like The God Butcher and The God Bomb fit the bill. They can also serve as a reminder to the corporate types (hopefully) that the comics medium still tells stories of high adventure with the best of them. This tale begins in Medieval Iceland, with a younger, brasher God of Thunder enjoying his time among the Vikings. Thor the Younger has not yet proven worthy of lifting the hammer, Mjolnir, but it’s not for lack of effort on the battle field. In Iceland, the Vikings find the decapitated head of a god washed ashore – a god of the American Indians – and Thor wonders who or what is responsible. Continue reading