Review: ‘Thor’ #4 Explores Cosmic Shades Of Grey

by Tony Thornley
Cover by Olivier Coipel & Laura Martin

The God of Thunder has allied himself with the world devourer to save the universe. It may be a classic case of “the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” However, Thor #4 shows us the shades of grey in this particular tale may be much darker than we’re willing to admit.

Donny Cates, Nic Klein, Matt Wilson, and Joe Sabino dive deep into the darkest corners of the cosmos.

The Black Winter comes, hungry and ready to consume the universe. To stop it, four worlds need to die at Galactus’s hand, and with Thor acting as his herald and the guardian of the people displaced by the world-eater. As these worlds fall one by one, will the Thunder God sell his soul to save the universe?

Cates dives deep in this issue. It’s dark and morally complex. We see Thor grappling with the evil he’s doing in order to do good, and the weight of it is pulling him down. He also adds some fascinating subplots with other major Asgardians, which enhance the main narrative. It’s a difficult take on the character to read at times, but it makes for a much more interesting read than a straightforward superhero adventure.

As fascinating as the story is, Klein continues to be the star of the series. The issue escalates in scale from an angry confrontation with Sif to a confrontation with a god so massive that it dwarfs even Galactus. All of it is believable and exciting thanks to Klein’s work as he drives the story forward with each page. Wilson brings it to life, using his glowing colors to make the story feel not just unearthly but also grand and epic.

Donny Cates on Thor is truly an epic read and I’m excited to see where it goes next.

Thor #4 is available now from Marvel Comics.

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