I have to start this one off by saying that of all the Marvel character’s, Thor has been of probably the least interest to me. The first Thor movie was pretty good and I enjoyed it but that doesn’t necessarily say much about the comics. However, at the insistent suggestion of a friend of mine I took up the Thor: God of Thunder series which starts off with the GODBOMB Arc. Suffice to say, it changed my mind. Don’t get me wrong, I am still not sold on Thor as a character but this story arc is incredible.
Thor: God of Thunder (GODBOMB Arc) winds through a massive expanse of time following the youthful Thor, the Thor of his prime and old man Thor who remains as the lone god and only survivor of Aasgard. The young Thor frolics boundlessly through space but spends most of his time with the Vikings in battle against the gods of other groups as would be expected. Then Thor suddenly and unexpectedly comes into contact with a creature of godly power named Gorr who is on a crusade to rid the entire universe of all gods. When Thor first encounters the monster, he barely escapes alive. He is in fact, the only god to match Gorr in battle. The story moves back and forth through time so it is rather difficult to explain it precisely in an exposition. I would end up writing a novel if I were to truly describe the plot and action properly. All you need to know is that Thor and Gorr go back and forth throughout time and space for millennia. Also know that after their first epic battle, Gorr, as is natural for villains, develops an odd fondness for Thor and so chooses to leave him as the last god in the universal pantheon. Gorr’s main intention is to create an existence without any gods and furthermore he harbors a resentment due to the mistreatment, apathy and neglect to which he perceives they have subjected mortals. So Gorr is usually not just satisfied with killing gods. He tortures them and forces them to kowtow to his superior might. He makes them beg for mercy and give him the whereabouts of other gods in their pantheons. Thor proves to be the only one to endure his torments. So he goes after a true hero the best way he can. He chooses to leave him for last, forcing him to be a spectator to the persecution and deicide of all the gods in all the heavens. And then, he leaves old Thor alone on the Aasgardian throne with no subjects over which to reign. Thor fights and fights in his old age hoping that each battle with the dark minions of Gorr will be his last. It’s an awesome spectacle and set up for a story. Funny thing is… I have provided a great deal of the plot here but readers still know absolutely nothing about the story. It’s involved and awesome. Just so much to it.
The interesting thing about this story is the set up of the universal pantheon of gods. In this Thor series, there is a god for everyone and everything. Each planet, each individual group of mortals has its gods. And the gods have ancestors. To some extent you see that there are classes, or categories of gods as well. The Aasgardians appear to be the most adept in battle though. It’s really creative how the creators set it up. I also like Gorrs backstory. Let’s just say that it is fairly relatable given the religious histories of human societies. It will be highly accessible to you.
Point is, writer Jason Aaron and artist Esad Ribic have created a great narrative in this arc of the series. I am still reading in a frenetic binge. If you get cracking on this one then I am sure that you will too.