Last weekend I had a meeting with my comic book group. It was my pick for the month and I chose to read Thor God of Thunder issues 1-11. Reading through it for the first time since reading the issues I was reminded of just how great that arc was. Don’t get me wrong, Thor has been excellent since that arc but it felt like any other great comic. I have not felt that epic feeling since the first arc. When Thor God of Thunder was in the God Bomb arc it was easily in my top five comics and probably my favorite arc of 2013. I would say that since then Thor has slowly dropped down the list although still holding strong in my top ten. However this issue, issue #21 was the first time since God Bomb that I felt the epic feeling again. This issue felt like something special. As always Ribic was at the top of his game making every page magical. From the Old Man Thor and Galactus fight to Avengers Thor causing destruction, every page is worth a linger.
The battle between Galactus and Old Man Thor is the highlight of the issue for me. This battle is on such a grand scale every blow delivers such a monstrous effect. Thor’s fire and persistence is admirable. His energy fuels me. And of course Ribic crushes these panels. Although this first fight was my favorite part it does not take away from the remainder of the issue which was terrific as well. When we first see Avengers Thor he is flying into earth explaining how much he misses it. If you ever doubted why he would take on Galactus to save a destroyed earth these pages will take that doubt away. Thor loves everything about earth he will fight till the end of his days to protect it.
I thought the villain of this arc, Dario was kind of lame a few issues ago. However he is definitely starting to grow on me. He uses Thor’s temper and Thor’s love for earth to hit him where it really hurts. Dario is a villain who has no interest in physically hurting Thor. He is a more devious villain. He wants to cut Thor deep and take away the one thing he loves the most, earth. In Dario’s mind Thor is just a sliver in his finger, just an irritant that needs to be removed. Let’s see if Thor can do more than just swing a hammer to get out of this one (I’m sure hammer swinging will have something to do with it).
If you have fallen off Thor you need to get back on. This stuff is magic!