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Thor: God of Thunder #18 - Days of Wine and Dragons Review

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Young Thor attempts to reason with a dragon. What else really needs to be said?

The Good

Instead of teasing the next big story, Jason Aaron uses this issue to tell a self-contained tale about young Thor and a drunk dragon. There's some trolls thrown in there, too. If that doesn't have your attention, then I just don't know what will and clearly this issue isn't meant for you. For everyone else: yes, it's pretty much as glorious as it sounds.

Aaron's given this book quite an epic scope, but this issue is used to give a far more character-driven story about younger Thor and present what is absolutely a watershed event in his life. Aaron's script has an abundance of charm and fun, presenting us with this more carefree and brash version of Thor. Despite his attitude, there's still a great sense of honor and it definitely shows in one scene. The story is lighthearted and beyond fun, but it's not long before we're hit with a fair amount of drama and the intensity is really turned up. We never technically witness the big brawl between these two, but to be overly disappointed by that would be missing the point. It's not about the fight itself, but what it means to Thor and Aaron does a fine job illustrating that. Although, I think it's safe to say none of us would mind an issue dedicate to Thor brawling with a giant dragon. Just saying.

Dan Pastoras' artwork can be a real pleasure to gaze at. The character work can be a bit inconsistent at times, but the sheer amount of detail and coloring thrown into some of these panels most definitely deserves a slow clap. Thor and the Dragon taking on the Trolls? The few moments in Asgard? Some of the powerful scenery? Absolutely gorgeous and immersive.

The Bad

While a lot of the art impresses, there's some facial work that feels a bit off. The style's rough around the edges, and while that works for a majoity of the issue, there's some key instances where this lead to colors meshing and odd facial features/expressions. There's no easy way to say this, so I'll just be blunt: there's one panel where Thor looks like he has an overbite and is overweight. This is obviously outweighed by all of the impressive visuals, but it's worth pointing out.

The Verdict

Jason Aaron's THOR: GOD OF THUNDER has been... well, magical. This is a standalone adventure, so there's no valid reason you could possibly have for not reading it. I won't lie to you, I've never even considered myself a big Thor fan or a fan of the fantasy genre in general, but Aaron turns the Son of Odin's life into something wonderful. It's an honestly enthralling read that's full of laughs and is sure to have you hooked. Throw in some legitimately gorgeous (albeit inconsistent) visuals and you have an issue that I absolutely recommend.

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Posted by CaptainHoopla

What starts as a fun, and quite funny, issue turns out to be so much more. Great story, highly recommended.

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it started off silly but this issue had a lot of heart . God of Thunder has not let me down yet ! R.I.P Skabgagg :'(

Posted by Extremis

Loved this issue. I think it's one of the best issues from this run, which is saying a lot when talking about Jason Aaron's Thor.

Edited by ChillinVillain

The ending was so sad...

Edited by Fallschirmjager

I hated the art. It is just temporary? :(

It was incredibly distracting.

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Posted by TheAcidSkull

I'm going to stay in the minority here and say that while this was good, it was the weakest one from this series sadly.

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Posted by BigCimmerian

I think that this issue was very good and I really enjoyed it, but yeah, the art was a little weird for me.

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Posted by EnigmaLantern

Nice little issue, and with the next issue coming out in two weeks we don't have to wait for long.

Posted by k4tzm4n

I'm going to stay in the minority here and say that while this was good, it was the weakest one from this series sadly.

SIR, YOUR HEART IS MADE OF ICE! :P

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@k4tzm4n said:

@theacidskull said:

I'm going to stay in the minority here and say that while this was good, it was the weakest one from this series sadly.

SIR, YOUR HEART IS MADE OF ICE! :P

That it is friend, that it is.

It's not bad tho, just not really that good either IMO :P

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@k4tzm4n said:

@theacidskull said:

I'm going to stay in the minority here and say that while this was good, it was the weakest one from this series sadly.

SIR, YOUR HEART IS MADE OF ICE! :P

That it is friend, that it is.

It's not bad tho, just not really that good either IMO :P

What didn't you like about it? Aside from gripes with the art, I really loved this small tale.

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Posted by TheAcidSkull

@k4tzm4n said:

@theacidskull said:

@k4tzm4n said:

@theacidskull said:

I'm going to stay in the minority here and say that while this was good, it was the weakest one from this series sadly.

SIR, YOUR HEART IS MADE OF ICE! :P

That it is friend, that it is.

It's not bad tho, just not really that good either IMO :P

What didn't you like about it? Aside from gripes with the art, I really loved this small tale.

Well, I guess i just didn't feel it, It's not a bad story it's more of a personal view. I guess I just didn't like how it was played out, first thor acts like an jerk despite the fact that He and the Dragon are similar in the Daddy issue department, and then when he does act friendly the dragon ignores everything he says even though he was being all nice when Thor was attacking him with Rage. My problem I guess was the way the story was constructed , it felt rushed as some parts and such. To be fair it was a one of so I guess there is that.

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Edited by The_Titan_Lord

Great issue.