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Review – Thor #13 (Marvel Comics)

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Thor #13

Writer: Donny Cates
Artist: Nic Klein
Colorist: Matt Wilson
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Publisher: Marvel
Released: March 17th, 2021
Maturity Rating: T+

Thor #13 brings us ever nearer to the end of this arc, as Donald Blake moves closer to gaining all of the power he craves so much.

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Wrath of the Gods in Thor #13

 

There is nothing more satisfying – or terrifying – than seeing an old plot arc come back to bite our beloved characters in the back. But that is exactly what we’ve been seeing in the most recent arc of Thor, and Thor #13 is set to up that ante.

Once upon a time, Donald Blake was the persona that Thor slipped into when he needed a break. Over time, his character became something more, and he was seen as more than just another part of Thor.

Now we’ll never see him the same way again – he made sure of that. The damage that Blake has wrought in such a short period of time is, quite frankly, horrifying. But it also makes sense, and with that sense comes a looming dread of what else he can do.

Writing

Thor #13 (Marvel) (W) Donny Cates (A) Nic Klein (CA) Olivier Coipel
Thor #13 (Marvel) (W) Donny Cates (A) Nic Klein (CA) Olivier Coipel

I’m going, to be honest with you here, Thor #13 has one of my favorite moments from this series. Well, so far, at any rate. There’s at least one more issue of Donny Cates‘ run, and I fully expect it to be a dramatic one.

This was a tense read, naturally. It answered many questions, such as what happens to a king when he retires. Every little detail that Cates has woven into this narrative makes sense, and I adore that so much. It all seems to fit into the story of Thor – as well as all the other characters who have become involved over the years.

On that note, there are more characters than I expected in this issue. I probably shouldn’t be surprised, given the scale. Or their appearances earlier in this arc. Yet I am. Still, it’s always enjoyable to see so many characters band together. Especially in a time of need.

I’ll confess that I really enjoyed the revelations in this issue. Again, partially because they all made sense. And partially because of their overall epic nature. This is Thor we’re talking about. Go big or go home.

Art

The artwork inside Thor #13 is stunning. It hits all the highs and lows one could expect. Then again, I’m a huge fan of Nic Klein’s work, so I’m probably a little bit biased here. That being said, the style does work nicely with Donald Blake’s warped character.

As mentioned already, Nic Klein‘s artwork is perfect for this arc. Donald Blake looks delightfully deranged, while other characters look worn and tired. It’s all very fitting, very real. It adds to the weight of the story at hand.

Matt Wilson‘s colors are another highlight for this issue, especially when it comes to portraying Yggdrasil. The colors are bold and bright, bouncing back and forth between blues and reds in a feast for the eyes.

Finally, there’s VC’s Joe Sabino‘s lettering. The lettering matches the grand scale of this arc, with heavy impacts and even louder words. I love it because it really does feel like the booming of thunder across the page.

Conclusion

Thor #13 is a dramatic addition to this plot arc. One that I have to admit I’m enjoying even more than I expected. The whole Donald Black plot has been intense and just a little bit harrowing, adding some much-needed consequences to that backstory.

 


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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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