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Thor: God of Thunder #20 - The Last Days of Midgard Part Two of Five: All Worlds Must Die Review

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As modern Thor tries to save Earth from Roxxon, King Thor attempts to prevent Old Galactus from eating the planet.

The Good

Let me begin this by telling you, the people of the internet, that I've never really been all that much of a Thor fan. I've enjoyed some stories here and there in previous runs, but the character never grew on me. So, why am I telling you this? It's to make it crystal clear just how phenomenal THOR: GOD OF THUNDER really is. Opinions might have been somewhat mixed on the last arc (I thoroughly enjoyed it), but this is undeniably epic.

Jason Aaron continues to prove he's an exceptional match for the God of Thunder's universe. First and foremost, praise is required for the recap page. The way it has each character's bio link to the next was a deliciously lighthearted way to kick-off such an epic and joyous book. I don't know if Aaron's the one who wrote it, but credit should be given to the person behind that. As for the core of the issue, it'll have you 100% absorbed. The scenes on Earth's distant future are smile-inducing and absolutely full of joy. Seeing King Thor and "Old Galactus" argue back and forth about Earth is a priceless experience and without question the most enjoyable debate you'll read in this week's comics. And the way it ends? Oh man, it'll have you setting aside $3.99 for the next issue right away. Even when the scope is massive, sprinkled with an important message and painting a bleak future, Aaron still makes the experience hugely enjoyable.

Aaron instills just as much wonder and charm in the modern timeline, too. The writer primarily focuses on building a bond between Thor and Roz Solomon -- which is an honestly pleasant and absorbing dialogue -- but the mind behind the series really cranks up the intrigue with Dario Agger and how Roxxon will combat the God of Thunder. Given his nickname, we all saw his twist coming a mile away, but the reveal still manages to be thoroughly awesome.

Artist Esad Ribic and colorist Ive Svorcina are perfect additions to this book. The scenes on Earth's future are grand in scale and do a tremendous job complimenting Aaron's script. I'm sure some will claim there's a lack of detail, but I view that as the thick and harsh atmosphere taking a toll on visibility. There's so many pages here which are sure to bring a crazy amount of pleasure to your eyes, but one splash page is certain to drop your jaw. Funnily enough, the page has one line of dialogue: "wow me." Well, that's exactly what the page is doing to each and every reader that sets their eyes on it. It's a legitimately stellar looking book.

The Bad

I have a couple of minor gripes with the art (I noticed one eye was completely green, another was blue, and sometimes backgrounds seem rushed), but, like I just said, they're pretty minor complaints. The good vastly outweighs the bad.

The Verdict

This is yet another issue that'll make you exclaim "another!" once you finish it. Even though Aaron's hitting us with a serious overall message, he's doing it without being blatantly preachy and still manages to include a ridiculous amount of fun. THOR: GOD OF THUNDER continues to be worthy of a God. This issue is exceptionally well-written, loaded with excitement and packed with stunning artwork. Seriously, this is guaranteed to turn you into a Thor fan.

14 Comments
Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

I think having Old Galactus is kinda weird since in the future when Big G and Franklin outlive the universe and move on to the next he didn't really look any older than he currently does.

Posted by TheCheeseStabber

I figured that "Old Galactus" would be careful about what he ate.

I mean he's an old man now,

What if he has a heart attack and thinks its just heart burn from eating Mexico :[?

Edited by Black_Arrow

I think having Old Galactus is kinda weird since in the future when Big G and Franklin outlive the universe and move on to the next he didn't really look any older than he currently does.

Now Galactus from 616 is in the Negative zone from the Ultimate Universe. Now this is really weird.

Posted by frozenedge

I think having Old Galactus is kinda weird since in the future when Big G and Franklin outlive the universe and move on to the next he didn't really look any older than he currently does.

Could've been an alternate universe. God knows there are so many that in one of that in one of them that probably happened. Either that or just artist interpretation for old Galactus

Posted by saucygiraffe

Also not a big Thor fan, but this book is phenomenal.

Posted by ptigrusmagus

This series has been one of the best comics of the past 2 years

Edited by SoA

i like odin (olden) thor . he's the reason i stayed with the book

Posted by CaptainHoopla

Wow me indeed. This issue did what it needed to, made me excited for the next.

Posted by Experio

Gets better

Posted by Jayc1324

Can someone explain to me why king Thor has one eye and one arm? Is having one eye required to be king of Asgard or something? This is the first Thor series I have ever read so I don't know much.

Posted by Buddy_Baker

LET THE COFFEE FLOW!

How awesome was that Splash Page with Agger and the bears?!

As i mentioned in the comments for the last issue, I'm really not regretting the decision of subscribing this series. I will surely pick up the older story arcs of the Aaron run.