THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #21
Written by Jason Aaron
Art by Esad Ribic, Ive Svorcina
Published by Marvel Comics
Release Date: April 16, 2014
That’s right, I am summarizing my thoughts on this this issue of Thor: God of Thunder by slowly uttering the God of Thunder’s trademark thunderous sound effect. There is nothing more epic than that sound effect, and there is no more epic a comic book in stores than Thor: God of Thunder. This comic features a true clash of titans as Galactus and All-Father Thor continue to do battle in the future, while present-day Thor finds himself embroiled in a legal battle. Both storylines in this issue are expertly woven together, with Aaron’s pacing absolutely flawless as he shifts between the two time periods. There is a distinct feeling that they may somehow, even just thematically, be linked, but being that we are mid-arc there is still much story to be told. For a middle-of-the-arc issue, there is a remarkable amount of story within these pages. There is no filler here, as Aaron drives this tale forward and gives readers a healthy amount of action as two of the most powerful forces in the Marvel Universe go to war. His dialogue between Galactus and the elder Thor is absolutely fantastic. These are two forces older than time that have finally had enough and are just laying into one other, letting all the years of bad blood and peace erupt in one hell of a battle. This clash is as super-heavyweight as it gets, and every single page with these two characters had me grinning from ear to ear. Aaron’s character work is just as strong in the second storyline, featuring Thor and his ongoing battle with Roxxon. The suits throw Thor quite a curve, and Aaron deftly shows how Thor responds to such a tactic….and the repercussions of said response. It is a different angle than I have ever read in a Thor comic and I applaud Aaron for pairing this storyline up with the Galactus showdown. Both are wildly entertaining and juxtapose each other brilliantly, culminating in one of the best Thor arcs (so far) in a very long time. Aaron’s run on Thor is becoming better by the issue, and is a must read for anyone who has ever even remotely enjoyed a Thor comic.
Esad Ribic’s art. Holy %&#*, Esad Ribic’s art. Aaron may write the thunder, but Esad Ribic and Ive Svorcina give it life like no other creative pairing in the industry. Ribic’s artwork has that epic scope to it that this Thor story needs to fly, and boy, does it ever. His work is flawless, with every single page involving Galactus and All-Father Thor being print worthy and totally jaw dropping. You can feel the impact of the blows these two titans are landing on each other, and the energy of this brawl leaps from the page. His artwork is engrossing and you will be sucked in by the very first image and unable to pull away for the entirety of the issue. Ribic conveys power extremely well, and in the present-day scenes he handles the arrogance, rage and smugness of the characters very well. His style suits this book and story so well that virtually no artist can take his place and this is a run he will be known for far into the future. The colour work by Ive Svorcina (who was recently nominated for an Eisner) is absolutely fabulous and brings richness to the artwork that makes it even better to read than the already amazing pencils. This duo of Ribic and Svorcina are a force to be reckoned with, and if these pages with Galactus and Thor aren’t Eisner quality artwork I have no idea what is.
Thor: God of Thunder #21 is a thundering, heavy metal comic with one of the best throwdowns I’ve seen in a long time. There is only one word for this comic, and it is “epic”. That word gets tossed around a lot with this comic because it fits so well. Aaron and Ribic are on fire and they are one of those teams that are magic when put together. This is a must-read comic by superstar creators and the only place you’re going to see Galactus and All-Father Thor get down and dirty in the baddest street fight you’ve ever seen. That alone is worth the price of the ticket, grab this one now. You won’t be disappointed.
The Verdict: 10/10