Writing - 8/10
Art - 8/10
Overall - 8/10
Writer: Donny Cates
Artist: Nic Klein
Colorist: Matt Wilson
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Released: January 17th, 2021
Maturity Rating: T+
Thor #12 continues the ‘Prey’ plot arc, where Donald Blake has come back, but not as an ally. Not this time around.
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When Forces Collide in Thor #12
A familiar face has become a monster in recent times, and his rampage seems to know no bounds. His hunt for revenge continues in Thor #12. All while the true hero of our story is among the missing. Well, missing to everyone but those that read this comic. We know the truth.
Once upon a time, Donald Blake was the identity Thor picked up whenever he needed a break from being the god of thunder. That is no longer the case, a fact that Thor, unfortunately, learned the hard way.
Unfortunately, he’s not the only one learning that lesson, as Donald Blake has been tearing through Thor’s allies for the past several issues. It’s starting to look like there’s little out there that can stop this ally-turned villain.
*Content Warning* There’s some imagery early on in this issue that might be upsetting to some. Especially those that don’t want to see animals killed, hurt, or anything along those lines. Skip the second page if necessary.
Okay, let’s just be honest: the whole ‘Prey’ plot arc has been so amazingly intense! I didn’t know how they were going to top the previous plot arc, but apparently, I needn’t have worried. Thor #12 is a whirlwind adventure, with plenty of shocking twists along the way.
Donny Cates really does know how to write a compelling Thor plot, that much is clear. This issue continues building on the whole Donald Blake tension, but with one major twist. Here he’s seen battling two fan favorites (Spoiler warning: He’s fighting Lockjaw and Throg, and despite appearances both are fine).
We’ve known for a couple of issues now that things were going to come to a head surrounding Jane Foster. After all, Blake has been hunting anything and anyone associated with Thor, and that does include Jane. So her inclusion here wasn’t a surprise, though it’s still always great to see a favorite (personal bias showing through here).
Thor #12 contains two major surprises. One of which actually explains a few things I’ve been wondering about, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. It’s going to be fascinating to see how the rest of this plot arc unfolds.
Thor #12 is another visually stunning addition to this series. The colors are bold and bright, and the action is intense. Perhaps more so this time around, thanks to the characters that are involved (it’s impossible not to root for those two).
Nic Klein‘s artwork is well suited to this plot. It’s bold and yet has rougher edges – which lends really well to the lack of stability that follows Donald Blake around. It makes him look so raw and dangerous, which is actually terrifying.
Matt Wilson‘s colors are just as vibrant as always, and his liberal use of red in this issue is very much appreciated. It fits and helps to make certain other characters really pop against the backdrop. Finally, there’s the lettering, which is by VC’s Joe Sabino, and it helps to further increase that sense of impact. Not that we were having trouble telling beforehand, but it is still a nice touch.
Thor #12 is an extremely intense read. Or at least, it was for this reader. It’s been difficult yet fascinating, watching Donald Blake tear his way through Thor’s world. While I don’t think any of us want to see him succeed, there is a certain level of morbid curiosity surrounding it all.
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