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Thor: God of Thunder #9 - Godbomb: Part Three of Five - Thunder in the Blood Review

5

With the God Bomb nearly ready, can the Thors from three time periods marshal their power enough to stop Gorr, the God Butcher?

The Good

This is an absolutely amazing issue of Thor, and an stellar issue of any comic. The sheer amount of gravitas that Jason Aaron brings to the battle between Gorr and the three Thors is worthy of being enshrined in the annals of actual legend. At one point, the phrase “Moments Later, Light-Years Away” is used as a caption to perfectly show EXACTLY how hard King Thor just blasted the God Butcher and it’s one of the simplest, but most evocative and effective, phrasings I’ve ever read. Plotting has closed for business, this is a straight-up BRAWL for twenty pages. Yes, there are parts where no one is fighting, but they are the exception and even within those confines, Jason Aaron manages to characterize the three Thors in completely different ways with incredible efficiency, demonstrating the brashness of the Bloody Redeemer, the hesitant introspection of the Avenger, and the millennium-suppressed rage of the King, and squeezes in one of the most epic, jaw-dropping conclusions in comics.

Have I mentioned that Esad Ribic and Ive Svorcina are on art? Because that’s definitely worth mentioning too! This art is absolutely timeless, with an ancient quality but a modern sensibility. It’s like if an ancient Renaissance painting of an alien invasion was uncovered: the cognitive dissonance of the classical look against the sci-fi themes walks a razor’s edge of being too much, but it’s absolutely perfect. This is one of the few comics I’ve ever read that I literally couldn’t see anyone else doing a better, or even comparable, job on. You could frame almost any page or panel from this book as a work of art.

The Bad

The only thing I could think of would be that, if you’re in the market for a traditional superhero book, this is about as far as you could get while still having a superhero’s name on the cover. This book, and this issue especially, is a legend in the most traditional sense: it is epic, it is fantastical, it has narration, the characters look like marble statues, but it has no capes nor tights nor blue hoodies nor even slick, streamlined black trench coats. Were it not for the aliens and other strange gods, it would fit right in with any actual Norse fable, and while I think it’s an amazing achievement, I could see it not being everyone’s cup o’ tea.

The Verdict

I have a hard time defining what, exactly, it is about this book that draws me to it, but there’s definitely something and it is a STRONG pull. I now realize the last two issues, which I wasn’t as fond of, weren’t dragging, they were leading. Specifically, leading up to this issue which, if I haven’t made it crystal clear, is nothing short of astounding. It’s always been tricky to find villains worthy of Thor’s godlike power, but Gorr is one of the best, and most compelling, ever and this issue represents the culmination of so many disparate elements coming together perfectly that I have to recommend it to anyone looking for a truly legendary book.

14 Comments
Edited by cdw101

Great review of a great issue! I must say this is the first series and ongoing of thor ive bought and im loving it, great writing and art and love this gorr-its about time we had a decent new villain. Yet another comic on my long list of buys per week d'oh!!

Posted by johnreid5895

Want to get into this....and the prospective storylines i'd be enjoying only entice me further.

Edited by Deranged Midget

This is easily the best issue in the series so far and continually one of the best books on the market! I cannot express how much I adore this title!

Excellent review!

Edited by manwithoutshame

Even though I liked the issue I was confused during some of the action as to what the hell was going on.

Posted by Undeadpool

Even though I liked the issue I was confused during some of the action as to what the hell was going on.

When in doubt, just assume Thor was thwacking something or someone.

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Edited by Praetor_fenix

Awesome! every Thor has got his unique brand of badass, Old Thor: "My Mjolnir finds that amusing. How about yours?" Avenger Thor: "Can't you hear it laughing?" that's pretty much the mos badass exchange i've read this year in any comic. And what Young Thor lacks in Mjolnir he compensates with space shark riding prowess.

Posted by frozenedge

King Thor is definitely my favorite version of Thor to date

Posted by The_Titan_Lord

Been following this issue for a while now. Can't wait to read it. I enjoyed the previous issue's Thor is such a badass. =)

Posted by red720

I love this series, but grabbed an old issue on accident when avoiding the one on the front that everyone has handled. Ugggh

Posted by tweakedsynth

This issue. Just perfect. Wormhole punches and shark riding. Also King Thor's lightning is epic.

Posted by HaveAtThee

Awesome! every Thor has got his unique brand of badass, Old Thor: "My Mjolnir finds that amusing. How about yours?" Avenger Thor: "Can't you hear it laughing?" that's pretty much the mos badass exchange i've read this year in any comic. And what Young Thor lacks in Mjolnir he compensates with space shark riding prowess.

The scene where Young Thor finally arrives to the party is both amusing and astounding in one breath.

Posted by zarrarzeez

I know I'm late but I had to write about how good this issue is! I love how they showed new moves that Gorr has in his disposal. The ending took my by complete surprise since throughout the issue each Thor had his chance to give Gorr an @$$ whooping, but at the end.... WOW! Finally, the art. Nothing short of extraordinary and because of how unique it is, it makes it one of, if not the, best art from all ongoing comics today!

Posted by Ashr

I've thoroughly enjoyed this title. As Corey mentions, this isn't a traditional superhero book but that's exactly what sets it apart and makes it far more interesting. Let's hope that continues long after the current storyline ends.

Posted by Killemall

At this point it feels more and more like the Book of Gorr as opposed to God of Thunder, but i am not complaining, love having a powerful villian.