Review: Thor #1 Is A Wild New Beginning For The God Of Thunder

by Tony Thornley
Cover by Olivier Coipel & Laura Martin

As you begin reading Thor #1, you can practically hear the guitar riffs begin. After an incredible seven year run, the character faces a new beginning, and perhaps the most momentous in his history…

Donny Cates, Nic Klein, Matthew Wilson and Joe Sabino kick off this new era in style.

Thor, the God of Thunder, has retired from his adventurous life to settle down on Asgard as the High Father. As he struggles with his newfound responsibilities, adventure comes for him. Galactus crash lands on Asgard with a dire warning. The Black Winter, a destroyer of universes, is coming…

Cates wastes no time in making his mark on the Thunder God. He embraces the status quo that was left by Jason Aaron’s mythic run and uses it as a springboard for the stories he wants to tell, instead of casting it aside or ignoring it. Though some of the changes he makes are quick, they still build upon the past. He also shows a great understanding of the characters he’s writing, subverting expectations in how characters would act with thoughtful and intelligent choices.

Klein’s work is without a doubt career best in this issue. He uses the opening pages, largely featuring only Mjolnir and Cates’ narration, to create a grand sense of scale for the run. He depicts Thor himself with a great sense of weariness while giving him a regal stature.

The design work in the newest version of Asgard is also great, a wonderful collaboration between Klein and Wilson. They keep Asgard familiar but grounding it in more natural and earthy designs and colors, fitting its new ruler. Wilson’s colors are great throughout, using splashes of bright color among earth tones for emphasis in the huge moments within the plot.

A new era is starting here, and I can’t wait to see what’s next.

Thor #1 is available now from Marvel Comics.

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