The climax of “The Accursed” storyline in Thor, God of Thunder #17 brings with it not only a shocking conclusion to the arc but also the seeds of future war for Asgard and the Nine Realms, war of a most desperate kind as old-time Thor fans will readily recognize.
It is amazing in such little time what writer Jason Aaron has done to and for this book. Admittedly, box offices bonanzas for the God of Thunder didn’t hurt, but as with Walt Simonson’s run this book would be great and a reading pleasure for the mind and eye without its cinematic side.
Exploring all the sides of Thor – Earth superhero, cosmic crusader, god of myth – is nothing new. Stan and Jack did it. Gerry and John did it. Walt did it. But it has rarely been done so well as Jason Aaron is doing these days, and it has rarely involved the innovations, characterization and pure energy of the Realm Eternal as Aaron is doing.
With a bevy of talented artists whose styles have modeled or been reminiscent of the great Esad Ribic – such as the beauty in #17 by Emanuela Lupacchino and Ron Garney – Thor, God of Thunder has soared to the top of many pull lists in the last few months.
Now comes the conclusion of Malekith’s evil plan, and it ends in the most unexpected way possible. When Thor returned to Midgard, this reviewer thought he had it guessed, but I never would have expected Aaron’s brilliant twist ending nor what happens afterward. And yet it is true to everything that is of the Dark Elves and of Thor.
If you are not reading this brilliant portrayal of one of Marvel’s classic characters, jump on board already. You cannot do better for cosmic adventure or myth making drama than Thor, God of Thunder.