The Godbomb saga reaches its much anticipated conclusion in Thor: God of Thunder #11. Will the enslaved gods break their shackles and rise up against Gorr the God Butcher? Will all three Thors from across time survive? Can Gorr see the error of his ways or was he right all along? Is it good?
Is It Good? Thor: God of Thunder #11 Review
14 Aug, 2013
All seems lost. The three Thors have given it their all and yet their all still doesn’t seem to be enough, as the Godbomb has been detonated and gods the universe round are dropping like deific flies. (Does that make them pagan gods, or Beelzebub the Lord of Flies? Will examine further if anyone in the world finds this terrible joke even the slightest bit humorous.)
The action in Thor: God of Thunder #11 is a little predictable and the epic prose third person omniscient narration a bit corny and superfluous at times, just like I found it to be in previous issues, but overall everything clicks. And clicks well.
My only gripe comes from the fact that certain repercussions seem so ephemeral — like the fact that we’ve seen various Thors die horrible deaths or get outright scraped by Gorr the God Butcher only to be reincarnated without a hitch an issue, or sometimes even panels later, and that trend continues in this issue. Because of this, the state of apprehension and danger is severely diminished and the whole thing comes off more like the latest installment of a James Bond movie where you know the hero is going to win in the end and you’re only there to see what crazy shit he pulls off in the meantime.
Aaron’s strongest characterization continues to stem from the exchanges between the three Thors. The youngest Thor’s arrogance juxtaposed with the snarky, yet justified criticism of Old Man Thor is just a thing of pure beauty. (Old Man Thor doesn’t even come off as preachy or a pretentious douche like Cable did during his whole “I am your salvation” phase in Cable and Deadpool.) I would have loved to have seen more out of Thor’s daughters as well but I suppose there’s plenty of time to explore them in future issues.
Esad Ribic’s artwork continues to shine; crisp, vibrant, and easy on the eyes as always.
- Finally see the end of the Godbomb saga.
- Solid artwork by Ribic.
- Aaron started strong and finished strong with his story.
- Read the spoilers above if you must know. Can’t spill the beans here.
Is It Good?
Yes’m. While the whole Gorr saga was fun as hell while it lasted, last issue (Thor: God of Thunder #10) dragged in spots due to the deliberate protraction going on. (Godbomb probably could have been compressed to three issues instead of five, but hey, I get it — Marvel’s got a business to run.) That being said, it’s gratifying to see Aaron’s absorbing and epic Thor yarn all wrapped up and to be rewarded for all the time invested in the whole shebang.