Review: ‘Thor’ #2 Prepares For A Frightening War To Come

by Tony Thornley
Cover by Olivier Coipel & Laura Martin

The Black Winter is coming and it’s clear that it’s going to be one of the most terrible threats the mighty Thor has ever faced. Lucky for him, he has a powerful new ally, but it’s one that could put him in as much danger as the Black Winter itself…

Donny Cates, Nic Klein, Matthew Wilson and Joe Sabino continue this new epic with a universe shaking alliance in Thor #2.

Thor, the All-Father and God of Thunder, has a frightening new title- Herald of Galactus. With the Devourer’s power added to his own, he helps his new ally to prepare for the Black Winter, even as the powerful destructive force sweeps through the multiverse. However, not everyone is willing to work with Galactus, as Thor quickly learns!

Cates weaves an exciting story here that feels unlike any Thor story that came before it. It feels grand and mythological, but it’s not a familiar mythology. His tenuous alliance with Galactus is by far the most interesting element of the story, and it breathes new life into the God of Thunder’s story. They all come together to quickly set it apart and make the story Cates’ rather than an homage to his lead character’s past.

There’s no doubt that this story is going to elevate Klein into a much-deserved superstar status. He is able to convey a sense of grand scale without losing the emotional heft of what Thor is dealing with. He also does fantastic action, as Thor and Galactus comes to blows mid-issue in a thrilling sequence that Klein makes grand and impactful, but still relatable. Continuing his always great color art, Wilson uses reds heavily to create a sense of foreboding and dread through the entire issue.

The Thunder God is in perhaps his toughest spot ever, and I can’t wait to read more. This is a thrilling new era for Thor and Marvel as a whole!

Thor #2 is available now from Marvel Comics.

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