Jason Aaron’s new God of Thunder series kicked off with an epic first issue. He’s facing off against a serial God killer, who has already butchered entire pantheons by the time they first meet. This issue portrays their very first direct confrontation, and this issue-long fight scene is simply awesome.
The book features three different versions of Thor. Young Thor, who has yet to prove himself worthy of his hammer, modern Thor, who has matured greatly but is not quite ready to be king of Asgard, and old Thor, who is the king of Asgard and possibly the only remaining Asgardian. This issue mostly focuses on Young Thor. As he fights the God Butcher he narrates about the coldness required to be such a killer, which adds depth to an issue that is otherwise one big fight scene. The God butcher proves himself as superior to Young Thor’s fighting ability. Personally, I would have liked it if the butcher wouldn’t have been revealed for a few more issues at least, but that’s just personal taste.
The art is great too. Young Thor looks appropriately confident and arrogant in the early pages as he leads his Vikings toward a battle. He looks equally angry when he finds several dead gods, and frightened when he encounters the butcher for the first time. The butcher himself looks frightening enough to match his apparent reputation. The backgrounds are mostly just fog, which helps keep focus on the fight scene while adding that extra “horror movie atmosphere”.
This comic is as epic as it sounds; about as epic as a solo series can get. The fight scene is entertaining and easy to follow, and the narration adds the depth necessary to make this issue great. If you like Thor, whether in the comics or you’ve only seen the movies, you should definitely give this comic a shot.