A Mighty Ode To Thor And The Power Of Stories From King Thor #4

by Josh Davison

Mild Spoilers Ahead
Gorr the God-Butcher has become the Necroverse and All-Father King Thor now drowns in Gorr’s infinite dark power. Regardless, Thor still fights with all of his godly power. To defeat Gorr, the God of Thunder must learn what it is to be thunder, to be the storm. However, Thor does not stand alone; Loki, God of Mischief, still lives. He still has enough will and vigor to fight against the Gorr in the only way Loki knows how: with words. While this happens, we are taken back to the present where Shadrak works in the Halls of All-Knowing, tending to the books which hold stories of Thor. Here, we learn some of the untold stories of Thor yet to come.

King Thor #4 cover by Esad Ribić
King Thor #4 cover by Esad Ribić

King Thor #4 concludes this tale from the end of time as well as writer Jason Aaron’s run on Thor. It is an epic tale bringing Thor’s war against Gorr over the survival of our universe to a truly thunderous end.
We watch Thor, at last, embrace all that he is and become the storm, the thunder, needed to shatter the very foundations of existence in order to stop them from being consumed by the black.
The comic is also an ode to storytelling and its power. It speaks on what stories can do for us and how they make up the very fabric of gods. After all, what is Thor truly but a story?
The comic doesn’t lose itself in meta-narrative despite how easy it is to do so. It uses the message of its meta-narrative to bolster the story itself, and it allows the comic to build to the meaningful and heartfelt conclusion it earned.
King Thor #4 art by Esad Ribić, Ive Svorcina, letterer VC's Joe Sabino, and the Asgard All-Stars
King Thor #4 art by Esad Ribić, Ive Svorcina, letterer VC’s Joe Sabino, and the Asgard All-Stars

Esad Ribić once again knocks it out of the park with the help of color artist Ive Svorcina. However, they are joined by the “Asgard All-Stars” who give this comic a truly beautiful crescendo and help build to that beautiful conclusion I was just talking about.
King Thor #4 is a gorgeous homage to Thor, gods, and what storytelling can do for us in our darkest hours. The story, narration, and artwork are all near-perfect, and, needless to say, this comic earns a strong recommendation. Give it a read.
King Thor #4 comes to us from writer Jason Aaron, artist and cover artist Esad Ribić, color artist Ive Svorcina, guest artists Gabriel Hernandez Walta, Andrea Sorrentino, Chris Burnham, Nick Pitarra, Aaron Kuder, Olivier Coipel, Russell Dauterman, and Mike del Mundo, guest color artists Chris O’Halloran, Dave Stewart, Nathan Fairbairn, Michael Garland, Laura Martin, Matthew Wilson, and Mike del Mundo, letterer VC’s Joe Sabino, and variant cover artists Mike del Mundo; and Steve Epting.
Final Score: 9.5/10

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