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Thor: God of Thunder #13 - The Accursed Part One of Five; The Great Niffleheim Escape, or The Svartalfheim Massacre Review

5

It's the start of an all-new story for Thor. Malekith the Accursed returns and he's looking for blood.

The Good

Topping the sheer scope of Gorr's story just isn't doable. I mean, we're talking about a plot which literally could have wiped every God from existance. Then there's the fact Thor needed to wield TWO hammers to drop him. The reintroduction of Malekith and his mission, however, still manages to come off as a rather daunting challenge for Thor. Yes, it's apparently not a character who will easily overpower him, but the threat stems from crafty, deadly and moral dilemmas that'll be thrown right in his face. This issue already provided a good example of how this fiend is quite twisted and will be more than worthy of a five issue story. The promise of this evil spilling into each of the nine realms is especially exciting as well.

It's safe to say no one will live up to Esad Ribic's work when it comes to creating visuals every bit as epic as writer Jason Aaron's script. That said, Ron Garney (artist) and Ive Svorcina (colorist) certainly do able work. Detail takes a bit of a dive when more characters are thrown into the mix (most notably with the early battle) and I noticed one panel where the color of Thor's cape was spilling into his hair and helmet. Despite that, there's still plenty of commendable work to be found, especially with Malekith's sinister expressions. What's particularly promising is how they've done fine work giving each realm a more than unique environment. I'm definitely looking forward to larger panels showing off the features which make each realm unique.

The Bad

As I pointed out above, I have a few minor problems with the visuals, but there was nothing that really took away from the overall experience.

The Verdict

It's very possible Jason Aaron was born to write a Thor book. The sense of adventure, the awe-inspiring scale, the mystical fun, the charming cast (villain aside, of course)... it's all present and in great quantity, too. Every scene had my eyes glued to the pages and I found myself completely immersed in Thor's universe the entire time. What's particularly important to note is this praise is coming from someone who tends to stray away from cosmic and fantasy books, too. THOR: GOD OF THUNDER is absolutely one of Marvel's best books right now. This is a jumping on point, so do yourself a favor and go get it.

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Posted by Falconer

Wait, I thought Ribic was only off for last month's interlude issue. Is he gone from Thor completely?

Posted by frozenedge

I still can't get over that amazing cover. Seriously, Thor fighting a flying tiger riding, magic spear wielding Malekith. What's cooler than that?

Posted by Cap10nate

Great start to the new story. I thought Malekith's reintroduction was very well done. Definitely looking forward to what Aaron has in store for the rest of the arc.

Posted by movieartman

@falconer said:

Wait, I thought Ribic was only off for last month's interlude issue. Is he gone from Thor completely?

garney is on for the 6 issues of this arc.

ribic is doing a issue of avengers in december and then he will be back on thor when garney's arc is done.

Posted by louiecayetano85

yeah.. the prison break is awesome.. malekith's cohorts is also interesting, Scumtongue the Tongueless, that's great.

the only thing though, remember the last panel of issue 12? is there a connection between this arc and that one?

Posted by manwithoutshame

I don't know, Malekith seems kinda lame...I'm hoping he wins me over throughout this arc.

Edited by Perethorn

I'm glad they're bringing back Malekith.

Posted by mattwing87

Somehow I feel like this coincides with the new Thor movie. I could be wrong!

Edited by TheFirstLantern

Somehow I feel like this coincides with the new Thor movie. I could be wrong!

Sarcasm right?

Posted by The_Titan_Lord

Really nice issue.

Somehow I feel like this coincides with the new Thor movie. I could be wrong!

I think they may have intended this.

Edited by longbowhunter

Agreed, topping the God Butcher and it's sister arc the God Bomb will not happen. I'm going to enjoy this story for what it is but all the while my heart will be with Gorr and not Malekith.

Posted by comicbookfan93

Did anyone get the cover and the first few pages printed twice in their paper copy?

Posted by The_Titan_Lord

Agreed, topping the God Butcher and it's sister arc the God Bomb will not happen. I'm going to enjoy this story for what it is but all the while my heart will be with Gorr and not Malekith.

Agreed. Still have the hung-over with Gorr.

Posted by youmessinwithme

are there any covers or solicitations out for issue #14 yet?

Posted by TheAcidSkull

This was really Good. 4/5 IMO.

Posted by Bezza

I've gotta wait until next week for my copy, as the comic book shop had already sold out when I went in on Weds. Right now Thor is my main Marvel title, having jumped aboard half way through the God Bomb story.

Edited by CaptainHoopla

Aaron's Thor has yet to disappoint me from the first issue. If I had to vote today for superhero series of the year, this would be my choice.

Just as Ribic's art was perfect for the God Butcher arcs, I think Garney's pencils and the gorgeous coloring will fit this arc equally as well.

Edited by KnightofSteel

I took this opportunity to jump onboard this series. I really enjoyed this. Might add this to my pull list!

Posted by Dstick88

God butcher was such a good arc, impossible to top

Posted by Bezza

I bought this yesterday, thought it was quite promising but not worth a 5 tbh. Not enough Thor action for me. Something I think Marvel have a constant problem with on their high powered characters. If I buy a Superman comic, I nearly always get amazing power feats every issue. Not the case with the likes of Thor.

Posted by RelloMan

Obviously there's doing Malekith to branch in to the upcoming movie, but in the end I enjoyed it

He's a cool villain, and it seems they're taking him in a joker-esque direction... Nothing wrong with that

And I can't wait to see that fucking Tiger in action