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King Thor #2 (Marvel Comics) cover (detail) by Esad Ribic
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King Thor #2

Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: Esad Ribic
Colors: Ive Svorcina
Letters: Joe Sabino
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Maturity Rating: 12+ only
Release Date: October 23rd, 2019

King Thor battles Gorr the God Butcher with the fate of existence and the universe at stake.

A Universe Without Gods in King Thor #2

Throughout his endearing run on the God of Thunder, Jason Aaron has roped in many a fan, this writer included. With King Thor #2 Aaron and Ribic wind together the themes that have made this epic worth holding fast to. With his granddaughters traveling the universe in search of aid, King Thor faces his two greatest enemies head-on as the universe seemingly nears its very end. As Gorr wields All-Black once more, we see Thor and Loki’s bonds tested a final time.

Writing

King Thor #2 (Marvel Comics) cover by Esad Ribic
King Thor #2 (Marvel Comics) cover by Esad Ribic

A certain trend has made this series of Thor tales by Aaron something one-of-a-kind. That trend is faith, and the ability to have it through the toughest of times. As Thor soars to the skies for a death battle with Gorr, Loki gets to see this same trend first-hand. We’ve seen this in many different ways since Aaron has taken on the God of Thunder. It was maybe never used more poignantly than in this heartfelt issue. With Gorr’s brutal attack on the All-Father in this issue, we get a small homage to his first appearance (2013’s God of Thunder #2). Aaron does a wonderful job pulling together all the threads he’s woven; however, not a panel nor line is wasted throughout the issue. The battle across galaxies does wonders at giving us a personal dive into what makes these characters tick. 

Art

Every inch of these panels is lush, vibrant, and even more importantly, violent. Esad Ribic puts on an absolute show with his work not only on the interiors, but the absolutely gorgeous cover art. Ive Svorcina‘s colors are every bit the Jermaine to Ribic’s pencils’ Michael Jackson. There isn’t a bit of wasted space or panels in the book, and every bit of this story is better off for their work. Some absolute standout scenes are colored to perfection, giving Ribic’s pencils the vibrancy they deserve. Watching Thor showcase his powers as All-Father is a delight thanks to this pairing.

Overall

King Thor #2 is a true showcase of the immortals, one that would make even Vince McMahon blush. Gorr is once again shown by Jason Aaron to be one of the true great new-age Marvel villains. The entire issue is a spectacle of the highest order; the panels, something that should be hanging in a museum. Aaron’s epic is coming to a hard-fought conclusion, and he shines here with it. Ribic and Svorcina paint this story with the art it deserves, and even the most heartfelt beats hit a bit harder because of their expertise. Gorr may be Thor’s greatest enemy, even surpassing the God of Mischief and other classic foes. Because of Gorr’s legs as a villain, this story is all the better for it.


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