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Thor: God of Thunder #8 - Godbomb: Part Two of Five - God in Chains Review

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Will Thor succeed in dismantling the bomb that could wipe out the Gods?

The Good

The story of Thor's past, present and future selves continue with the second issue of this second arc in Thor's battle against the God butcher, Gorr. If you have been following this story then you know that the past version of Thor has been forced to construct a weapon that could lead to the destruction of all Gods, and now it is up to his present and future selves to eliminate that threat while young Thor is forced into slavery.

There's a very interesting scene at the start of this issue which draws the focus of the reader to young Thor and his refusal to abide by the orders bestowed upon him. In this scene, Thor meets his future grandchildren and the interaction between these characters is interesting. One of the cool things about this series is the decision to essentially eliminate the time stream. The result is that there are virtually no rules at all: Thor could potentially run into any character that is related to him or that exists in his universe and mythology, and writer Jason Aaron uses this moment to demonstrate exactly that. It's definitely an interesting idea and is presented in a way that may leave you with a desire to keep on reading this issue.

The art by Esad Ribic is definitely very pretty, and is one of the things that really makes thus issue stand out. His layouts are beautiful and the subtlety of the colors he uses for the comic are really fantastic. The result is a comic that is pretty and aesthetically enjoyable to read.

Although I personally found the plot of the issue and overall story to have its definite flaws, I have to admit I did enjoy the moments where Thor plays the hero in this issue. It's a great series of scenes that really increases the momentum of the story. There was a point where I felt I was at the edge of my seat really rooting for Thor, and I can thank the pages and panels leading up to those few moments for that sensation.

The Bad

The concept of constructing a bomb that is capable of killing all Gods is a bit strange when Gorr can just as easily kill all the Gods himself (something he demonstrated he could do in nearly every issue of the previous arc of this series). Additionally, the fact that so many Gods are being crucified makes the point of creating a bomb somewhat moot. These Gods will die regardless, so what is the motivation for them to continue working on a project they know will ultimately kill them? They are damned if they succumb to being slaves, and damned if they try to fight against it. As a result, the plot here feels flawed and as a result, somewhat uninteresting.

The solution to eliminating the bomb feels a bit far-fetched as well. These Gods have been helping build this bomb for 900 years and now that it is nearly complete they have finally decided it is time to eliminate the bomb before its completion. The idea that they would wait so long is strange. What feels even more out of place is this idea that the Gods that have been building the bomb will somehow have a difficult time reaching it. It just feels as though there are a lot of inconsistencies with the general plot of this story and they seem to come to light in this issue.

The Verdict

Although the issue and the overall story does have its redeeming qualities (really pretty art and some moments of heightened excitement), it's hard to overlook the fact that the plot doesn't feel like it makes a whole lot of sense. Reading this issue I found it hard to believe that the Gods would agree to build a weapon that will ultimately be used against them. It just doesn't feel like it makes sense and I don't see the Gods in general waiting nearly 900 years, until the bomb is nearly complete, to commit an act of defiance in order to save themselves.

I still think that eliminating the timestream for the purpose of telling this story is interesting: the idea that you could have past, present and future versions of Thor all in one book and working together is interesting and it is something that keeps me coming back. Overall, however, I can't say I was really impressed with this issue and I don't really like the direction the plot had taken.

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Edited by MeloDet

The Godbomb doesn't just kill all the gods. Gorr realized earlier in the series (when he saw how willing the vikings were to die for Thor) that even if he killed all the gods, the mortals wouldn't be free. From what I understand the Godbomb will not just kill the gods but wipe them from existence.

Posted by ThorBoy

Loved seeing the new Thor corps finally coming together! Check out uncanny avengers for some extra Thor goodness!

Posted by sparty-dbq

Three Thors in one place?! Doc Brown must be losing his s*** right now!

Posted by kriminal

gorr is a master of tourtoure. if he doesnt kill them and uses their pain to get them to work that makes sense. also gods do have kids so it will take him a long time to kill all of them

Edited by BIGALWILLIAMS

This book was pure bad ass! I would have 5 stars! A young god on a suicide run, goddesses of Thunder, astral sharks and 3 pissed off heavy hitters strapped with hammers on a floating Viking ship.Play the warrior music in the background-it's on!

Edited by DonFelipe

Wow! This is the first time in eight issues you give Thor only 3 stars. I haven't read it yet but will do disregarding your rating. So far, I'm overly impressed by this series which is easily one of the best of Marvel Now! alongside Savage Wolverine that is just hysterical and so much fun to read.

Back to Thor. I guess the idea of having 3 different Thor from 3 different timelines in one book is getting old after a while. Same thing with Gorr the God Butcher. I'll definitely continue reading this. I really need to know where and how this will end.

However, does anybody know how long this story (about Gorr) will still last?

Posted by Teerack

If this horrible god butcher crap doesn't end by issue ten i'm done with this book.

Posted by agitatedandroid

Sometimes, I have to wonder if I'm reading the same book as every one else. The god bomb eradicates the gods from all of existence, from all time. It's not just about killing the gods. It's about killing the very notion of a god.

Thor's grandchildren combined are unable to call Thunder. The other gods are similarly incapable of calling upon their powers. That alone has limited their attempts to do anything to date. As for why Thor manages as well as he does? He's Thor. The book is about Thor cause he's the one that's really fricken awesome. If any other god was as capable of pulling this off then it wouldn't be a book about Thor it would be about that other god.

As for why it's been 900 years of slaving away at this before they do anything? They said they'd been slowly collecting what material they can to make their own device to destroy the bomb. Their powers don't work. They don't have any weapons to speak of. Gorr has an army of slave drivers.

The end result is death regardless of their building the god bomb so why bother? Hope.

Sara, I think you're great but, I also think you read the book too fast and wrote your review even faster.

Posted by DonFelipe

@teerack said:

If this horrible god butcher crap doesn't end by issue ten i'm done with this book.

They're already building the bomb so there's hope. I can't see this (story) lasting forever either and can't wait for what will be next.

Posted by BIGALWILLIAMS
Edited by BIGALWILLIAMS

We just met the Goddesses of Thunder and I'm loving past and future Thor.Please don't tell me that it all goes away for the next arc!

Posted by Hanson724

Wow I'm surprised with the 3 stars. I thought this was 5 stars all the way! Had a very epic feel to it.

Posted by BIGALWILLIAMS

@hanson724: This is one of the best books in the series. Easily a 5.I've floated checking multiple reviews and this issue was highly rated.You can almost see a cinematic version of this made!

Edited by TheHeat

It's gods, not Gods.

Posted by fenixREVOLUTION

I agree with the bomb seeming pretty silly, he was doing a pretty efficient job of killing gods before.

That being said, seeing 3 Thors team up is pretty neat.