Brandon Borzelli's Geek Goggle Reviews
Thor God of Thunder #1
Aaron, Ribic & White
Jason Aaron launches his very ambitious Thor book with a packed issue. Aaron introduces three versions of Thor covering centuries as he embarks on a story that impacts them all in very different ways. For the most part I enjoyed the book but found the characterization of Thor to be off from what I think of when reading a Thor book. The story is interesting but I can't say I was blown away enough to stick with the book for the long term just yet. Overall, this was a fun read but I am not sold on the premise yet.
Essentially, Thor of the past finds a head in the water. He quickly determines the head is that of a God. He deduces that someone is killing off Gods. Thor of the present also determines, through an investigation on an alien world, that Gods were absent because they were slaughtered. Finally, an old and beaten-down Thor in the future is confronted by some force that Thor seems to understand is hunting down Gods.
Obviously the book is a mystery story that will span various incarnations of Thor. It was nice to see Aaron set up the premise in such a concise way. I think the book has a solid hold on the launch and the scope for the initial arc of the book. Where Aaron lost me was his portrayal of Thor(s).
I am all for various Thors. The Viking, the God, the son, the brother, the lover, etc. However, I find Thor works best when he speaks as such and that usually is done best in word selection and sentence structure. Thee, thy, thou, covers the basics but there is a flow to how he speaks, even when he is drunk, that makes the character so appealing and unique. Unfortunately, Aaron's various Thors speak like they were born and raised in the United States and that doesn't appeal to me at all.
Ribic's pencils have a painted, Frank Frazetta feel to them that seems perfect for a Thor book. I enjoyed that each time period had its own look to settings and the characters, especially Thor. I also liked how Thor would psychically flex up when it was time to show some authority. Overall, the book flowed well and, although a departure from the usual super-hero book, worked really well for this comic book.
The latest version of Thor has some good points but isn't something I am completely ready to commit to. Perhaps I just don't see Thor as a capable detective or perhaps I don't believe that a God killer could hunt down Gods around Thor for so long a period of time without taking the big guy out. Overall, I liked the book but didn't really fall head over heels for it.
3 out of 5 Geek Goggles