This edition of Comic Book of the Week for the week of January 9th, 2013, is dedicated to the God of Thunder, Thor, in the book named, well…Thor: God of Thunder #4. I will admit my initial skepticism towards this title, but the creative team has taken Thor on a wondrous journey and I’m tagging along. Originally, I didn’t think the book would work, not due to the creative team because I am a fan of writer Jason Aaron and artist Esad Ribic, but based on the premise. That doubt was alleviated quickly with the work of Aaron, Ribic, colorist Ive Svorcina and letterer Joe Sabino.
Aaron maintains the nice balance between the three Thors in this fourth part of “The Last God in Asgard.” Each Thor receives some quality attention. Young Thor’s appearance is brief compared to the other two, but could be the most significant for some readers due to his interaction with Gorr the God Butcher, who’s making his first appearance. Thor in the present has moved closer to reacquainting himself with Gorr. King Thor, who isn’t exactly spry, has yet to hang up Mjolnir and shows off some of that fight left in him. The deadly Black Berserkers, minions of Gorr, get more action as they mix it up with present-day Thor and King Thor.
Esad Ribic and Ive Svorcina’s work looks as good as ever. Thor has a distinctive look in each era. Most notably is King Thor. He’s old and battle-worn in comparison to his younger selves. There’s a good flow from panel to panel. Ribic’s storytelling ability shows well as he moves the story along quite well with his visuals. One of the best aspects of this issue is the appearance of Gorr the God Butcher, who has a cool and unique design.
If you like seeing the Thunder God on epic adventures, this is a book you should check out. Here’s a good creative team telling a story sure to entertain. Marvel has been releasing several good books under the NOW! banner and Thor: God of Thunder is easily near the top of the list.