As the official synopsis for this issue states:
Somewhere at the end of time, all the gods of the universe are enslaved, working to build a machine that will forever change the face of creation. What is… the Godbomb? And what can Thor, the last free god in all the cosmos, do to stop it?
Sounds exciting, don’t it? But is it good?
Thor: God of Thunder #7 (Marvel Comics)
Wait a tick: Thor killed Gorr, the God Butcher in the last story arc, didn’t he? So what’s with the nightmares?
Maybe we aren’t done with this whole Gorr saga just yet. Oh well. Nothing like a nice, barn-rattling rompfest with a voluptuous shieldmaiden to get our minds back in the gutter where they belong:
Protip: They’re talking about sex.
We cut to Asgard, many millennia from now, where Thor is having a conversation with Thor. No, Goldilocks hasn’t gone all schizo on us just yet: His eye-patched, Destroyer-limbed, robustly bearded self from the distant future has summoned him there for a mission of vast importance.
The exchanges between Young Thor and Future Thor are fun as all hell. Primarily because Old Man Thor is, well… the man.
Think present day Thor is pretty bad-ass, do ya? Think again. Old Man Thor makes him look like an oven-mitted Michael Cera. Jason Aaron took the cantankerousness of Clint Eastwood, the suave virility of Sean Connery, and the preeminence of Odin himself and bundle-wrapped it real good in a package of overly manly Asgardian goodness. (Speaking of Sean Connery — the two’s banter brings back fond memories of Henry Jones and Indiana from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.)
“We named the dog Mjolnir.
Meanwhile, the reason for all the commotion, Gorr the God Butcher, continues his devious machinations. This time he’s upped the stakes by capturing the Thor that “killed” him and enslaving him for the manufacturing of what looks to be the WMD to rule all WMDs: The Godbomb. Shit just got real, as enslaved Thor’s reaction to seeing it for the first time implies:
- Future Thor and present day Thor’s interactions are classic.
- Great art by Esad Ribic.
- Fun and interesting to read.
- If you don’t like time travel or alternate versions of characters you interest might be impeded a little.
Note to self: When this Godbomb story arc is all over and done with, actively lobby for an Aaron-scripted Old Man Thor story arc that runs for a good two or three hundred issues.
Is It Good?
Verily. A commendable blend of humor, action, and an engaging storyline that is moving along at a respectable pace. The characters are well-written and the art is top-notch as well. If you haven’t bought this issue yet, consider this your green light.