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Review – Thor #10 (Marvel Comics)

  • Writing - 9/10
    9/10
  • Art - 10/10
    10/10
  • Overall - 9.5/10
    9.5/10

Summary

Thor #10
Writer: Donny Cates
Artist: Nic Klein
Colorist: Matt Wilson
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Released: December 2nd, 2020
Maturity Rating: T+

Donald Blake’s actions are changing the very face of his series in Thor #10, as we once again learn that not even gods are free from consequence.

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Meet the New Donald Blake in Thor #10

Longstanding fans of Thor and his series are probably more than familiar with the character known as Donald Blake. Yet they are in for quite the surprise, thanks to the events in Thor #10. This continues the plot started in issue #9, and it looks like things are about to get so much worse for our hero and his allies.

If you don’t know who Donald Blake is, don’t worry. You’ll see be able to enjoy this arc just fine – the series makes a point of explaining the important details. All that might happen is that you have slightly less of an impact than other readers.

I’m going to take a quick minute, to be honest with everyone here. I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect from Donny Cates taking over the writing for Thor. After all, it has been a long time since anyone other than Jason Aaron wrote for his character.

With all that in mind, I just want to say that so far, this plot arc is blowing me away. It’s taken the series from something that was interesting and turned it into something groundbreaking. More than that, it has successfully gained my full and complete attention.

Writing

Thor #10 (Marvel) (W) Donny Cates (A) Nic Klein (CA) Olivier Coipel
Thor #10 (Marvel) (W) Donny Cates (A) Nic Klein (CA) Olivier Coipel

Holy cow. Thor #10 is about as intense as it gets. Well done, Donny Cates! The previous issue did an excellent job of setting the scene, but it’s really this issue that ran away with things. There’s no chance to deny what is at stake. Not anymore.

Thus far, this entire plot has been about subverting expectations and playing with the concept of consequences of our actions. Especially for those in power. Those such as Odin, and Thor. That’s a key element to keep in mind, as it adds so much context for what happens.

Where the last issue was full of finesse and careful planning, Thor #10 is full of action, battles, and pain. So much pain. Despite the level of carnage, there still is a lot of clever writing going on, sometimes happening on the edges of a panel.

It all comes together to tell the story of Donald Blake. Or more accurately, the reason for his status now, and why it has come to this. It’s fascinating to see, and ties in quite nicely with some older themes that Thor’s series has danced around.

The one downside, if you can call it that, is that this issue does end on a pretty large cliffhanger. It’s made all the more concerning thanks to the fact that it involves a character with a now-canceled series. Though to be fair, I don’t think the two are related. Only time will tell.

Art

Thor #10 is a highly demanding issue, artistically speaking. The level of combat portrayed could not have been easy, nor the sheer level of…madness that needed to be portrayed. Yet this team appears to be up for the task.

Nic Klein was the lead artist and is responsible for many of the clever visual designs across the pages. The fighting is a spectacular (and horrifying) thing to behold, and yet that is only one level of what is to be seen.

Matt Wilson‘s colors really bring those scenes to life, with bold red backgrounds making Blake’s movements stand out clearly. Sometimes in almost painful detail. There’s an epic quality to the color palette, which is certainly appropriate, given the series and circumstance.

VC’s Joe Sabino‘s lettering is the final touch needed for this issue, as it brings specific actions and impacts into focus. The sound of blades clashing, of glass breaking, and so much more feel real thanks to these details.

Conclusion

Thor #10 is a tense issue, from start right up until the finish. Arguably, it’s tense beyond that point as well, as readers are forced to wait a month to see what happens next. This is an epic plot arc, one that is befitting of some of the more popular Thor arcs and events.

 


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Cat Wyatt

Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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