(+++ WARNING: This review contains spoilers for Thor #6+++)
One phase of the thunder god’s story comes to an end in this chapter. However, is Thor #6 the promise of something new or just the same thing circling back again?
For the last six issues, Thor’s journey has taken him across the universe to see wonders readers have never seen before. However, it’s an exercise in futility as it comes back around to something we have seen too many times recently. The issue comes to us from Donny Cates, Nic Klein, Matt Wilson, and Joe Sabino.
Thor finally faces the Black Winter, as the uber god stands ready to reclaim its “herald” Galactus himself. However, in a stunning turn, Thor murders Galactus and uses his dying energy to defeat their foe. It’s all simly prelude, however, as Thor’s end is revealed to him in the Black Winter’s dying breaths.
Simply put I’m incredibly frustrated by this story. After a deeply uneven first arc, it comes to this. First Thor’s actions against Galactus come across as nothing but shock value. Yes, Thor is a warrior but striking down an enemy, especially one who is trying to do something altruistic albeit self serving, doesn’t come across as anything but cruel, a trait that Thor has grown past, if he ever had it. It comes across as little but Cates trying to break a toy in the toybox to show he means business.
However, the story completely lost me in its final pages. The Black Winter defeated, shows Thor his end. And it’s the least surprising thing it could possibly be- Thanos returning, leading an army of undead Marvel heroes and wearing some kind of necro-gauntlet. It’s a reveal that should make the reader sit up and get excited for what comes next. However, given Cates’s over reliance on the same characters and plot points, it was more eye-roll inducing than it was excitement inspiring. It’s an escalation of the story that doesn’t really need it, and given Marvel’s over-reliance on the villain for the past decade, it doesn’t inspire the awe it would if Thanos got a two to three year break before appearing again.
Where the issue excels though is in the art. Klein and Wilson continue their streak of absolutely stunning work. Even as the plot is groan-inducing, the art is awe inspiring. Klein has a fantastic sense of scale, making these grand cosmic events feel even larger, and Wilson giving it an otherworldly glow. It doesn’t make up for the faults in the story, but it does smooth out some of the edges.
I’m disappointed to be saying this about a series that showed such promise early on, but I’m definitely leaving the series behind after this issue. It may be for someone, but it’s not for me.
Thor #6 is available now from Marvel Comics.