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Comic Review: Thor: God of Thunder #16

Posted on December 20, 2013 at 6:45 am by Zakk Saam

Thor: God of Thunder #16

Written by: Jason Aaron

Pencils and Inks by: Ron Garney & Emanuela Lupacchino

Colors by: Ive Svorcina

Published by: Marvel Comics

 

 

 

 

 

The hunt for Malekith continues in Thor: God of Thunder #16, from Marvel Comics.  In this penultimate issue of The Accursed, the League of Realms stands in the midst of the Frost Giants of Jotenheim, who have struck a deal with the Dark Elf Malekith to provide his asylum for the time being.  The relationship is rocky at best, but forces the League’s hand.  Unwilling to start a war between Asgard and Jotenheim, Thor and his companions retreat to Vanaheim to lick their wounds.

Written by Jason Aaron (Scalped, Wolverine and the X-Men), this issue is a good set up for next month’s finale.  The issue is very wordy, but better for it.  Thor’s roots in Norse mythology allow it to have a way with words all its own, and while not as poetically rich as Kenneth Branagh’s Thor, Aaron’s sentence structure and word choice follows suit.

That’s not to say there isn’t any action in this comic, however.  We get to see the wrath of Thor as he pummels a defenseless character with his might hammer, Mjölnir.  What is surprising isn’t the fury of the warrior, but who he chooses to bring Mjölnir down upon, and his reason for doing so.  Without spoiling, Thor’s decisions here very well could set up Aaron’s next arc for the God of Thunder.  Thor’s rash behavior could also spell doom for the League of Realms, as Aaron chooses to explore the rising tensions amongst the group following the death of a member in issue fifteen last month.

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There is a very confusing moment where the League arrives in Midgard, and Thor takes the lead, doing all of the talking with both knowledge and purpose, but then has no idea what is going on, leaving Waziria (the Dark Elf member of the League) to explain things to Thor.  It’s not as if Thor is surprised as to what is happening so much as it is he is in the place that he’s never been before, and the culture must be explained to him.  This is confusing because he is the one who led them there, while Waziria questions why they were brought to Midgard in the first place.

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Thor: God of Thunder #16 has two pencilers, Ron Garney (Amazing Spider-Man, JLA) and Italian artist Emanuela Lupacchino (X-Factor, Archer and Armstrong), and suffers as a result.  While neither artist’s work is bad, the inconsistent look of the book can be distracting from the narrative.

Though not without its flaws, Thor: God of Thunder is a very entertaining book, and is highly recommended.  With just one more issue in this arc, the time is now to pick up this and the preceding three issues before next month’s finale.  If you’ve enjoyed the Thor films, you’re already familiar with Malekith and the Frost Giants and will easily transition into the comic

Story: 8.5/10

Art: 7.5/10

Overall: 8/10

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