COMIC REVIEW – KING THOR #1

“KING THOR” #1 (Legacy #723)

PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics

WRITER: Jason Aaron

ARTIST(s): Esad Ribić, Ive Svorcina

COVER PRICE: $3.99

Rated: T+

 

 

 

The team-up of writer Jason Aaron and artist Esad Ribić from “Thor: God of Thunder” reunite for the conclusion of their epic story in “King Thor”.

Thor’s granddaughters, sisters Frigg, Ellisiv and Atli, with their grandfather have tried to revitalize a once-dead Earth. But as life flourishes on Midgard, the rest of the universe seems to be dying. While the goddesses search for answers, King Thor faces the fight of his long life. Eons ago, Thor, the God of Thunder faced Gorr, the God Butcher, who was wielder of an ancient force called the ‘All-Black’ that was forged in the fire of a Celestial. After Gorr’s death, the All-Black hid inside of Galactus and then in Ego, the living planet, until it found a new host, that of Thor’s mischievous brother Loki, who now bears the title of the All-Butcher, who plans to end the universe!

Thor’s granddaughters are searching for a way to stop Loki and save the universe, by seeking the few remaining gods, which brings them to the ancient library of the Halls of All-Knowing in Omnipotence City, where they meet Shadrak, the last of the librarians who is quite mad from his millions of years in isolation. But he tells them of the ‘Annihilablade’, the God Slayer, and All-Black, the Necrosword. But just as he is about to reveal its location, they are attacked by Loki’s Necroravens. Meanwhile, the Thunder King and the All-Butcher are engaged in the ultimate battle as Asgard burns!

With epic storytelling of cosmic proportions, the final battle between Thor and Loki reaches its explosive end! And only the creative team of Jason Aaron and Esad Ribić can bring this story, which has been seven years in the making, to its conclusion. If you’re a fan of ‘The Mighty Thor’, then this series is NOT to be missed. As we have enjoyed Thor’s return this year and his subsequent involvement with the “War of the Realms” crossover, it seemed impossible that Marvel Comics could have topped it, until now!

As a longtime fan of Thor, I have been looking forward to this, somewhat apprehensively, for a long time. I tried to stay with Thor, even as Jane Foster took up Mjolnir and the mantle of the Goddess of Thunder, to her becoming the new winged Valkyrie. As I have enjoyed the latest Thor series and the “War of the Realms”, I couldn’t help but hearing Wagner’s “Götterdämmerung” as Thor and Loki fight the ultimate battle.

While it is disconcerting to see Thor in his advanced age and Loki, who resembles Hela the God of Death to the nth degree. But if you know anything about Thor and the gods, then you know of the coming of Ragnarök, not to be confused with Thor’s cyborg clone from “Civil War” or “Dark Avengers”, but as the eternal cycle of death and rebirth for the Asgardians. Which we have seen represented time and time again in the comic’s 57-year run. “King Thor” #1 also features a number of variant covers by artists including Adam Kubert & Matthew Wilson, Luke Ross & Frank D’Armata, and Gerardo Zaffino. Bonus digital edition is included!


Written by Dave “Chernabog” Whiteman, a Native Texan, Metalhead🤘, Writer, Star Woid, Funatic, and all-around Fanboy/Nerd/Geek! 👓!

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