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Thor #2

Writer: Donny Cates
Artist: Nic Klein
Colorist: Matt Wilson
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Publisher: Marvel
Maturity Rating: T+
Release Date: January 29th, 2020

Thor #2 may have had its introduction heavily talked about, but it’s the rest of this issue that you’re really going to want to read. Thor is about to tackle his latest job, all while keeping to his morals. Easier said than done.

 

The Trials of Gods and Celestial Beings in Thor #2

The long-awaited Thor #2 is finally here, and this is an issue fans have been talking about. This new series has handed off control to a new creative team, and they’re already taking some massive risks with Thor’s character. It’s an exciting time.

The latest run for Thor holds true to all of the changes that Thor has faced in recent times. He’s still deeply affected by the War of the Realms—both physically and emotionally. The fallout is still evident everywhere you look. But as weird as it may sound, that’s a good thing. This sense of permanency has revitalized Thor’s character, and has given him more to cope and deal with.

Thor #2 (Marvel Comics) main cover by Olivier Coipel
Thor #2 (Marvel Comics) main cover by Olivier Coipel

If you’ve spent any time talking about comics online recently, then the odds are pretty good that you’ve had some of this spoiled for you. I know I had it spoiled for me, and I was a bit frustrated by that. But I have some good news! The spoiler part (that I saw, at least) is only the very beginning of the issue, so there’s still a whole lot for fans to be surprised by!

Writing

I don’t know how, but Donny Cates has somehow managed to up the ante once again in Thor #2. I can’t help but feel like this is a plot he’s been chomping at the bit to do for quite some time, because it is so polished—yet certainly still has teeth.

So, as I mentioned above, the intro to this issue has pretty much been all over the internet. [Spoiler warning] I had seen so many posts talking about Thor killing off the DC universe (while avoiding looking at the images myself). Honestly? That summary doesn’t do what actually happened justice. What we were given is actually much subtler and complex. Is it still obvious what happened? Yeah, but only if you follow DC enough to get the references.

What that scene did, though, was set the stage. What Thor is facing here is something so big and so terrifying that it’s almost impossible to truly grasp. That opening scene defined the risk—and cost—of failure. So, while heavy-handed, it served a purpose. And it did it well.

Okay, moving on from that spoiler part now, so you’re safe. The rest of Thor #2 was a surprising mix. Seeing Thor’s latest struggle has been fascinating; all the more so because of the new tasks and complications thrown at his door.

As a reader unsure how to feel about the changing of the guard, so to speak, I have to confess that I’m already really enjoying this new series. I can’t wait to see where this latest twist will end up leading.

Art

The best way to describe the artwork for Thor #2 is epic. The introductory sequence is on such a grand scale, showing a cosmic force of unbelievable proportions. It was truly epic, and if we’re being honest here, striking.

The rest of this issue also featured brilliant artwork, with Thor at the helm, as per usual. He’s taking on new challenges, and that resulted in some interesting fights and scenes this time around. It was a visually stunning issue to behold.

Nic Klein was the lead artist for this issue, with Matthew Wilson providing the colors, and VC’s Joe Sabino doing the lettering. Together they’ve created something out of this world—literally. The scenes are fascinating; the colors, stunning. It’s all perfect.

Conclusion

Thor #2 was a fascinating issue, and ended up being so much more than the spoilers promised. That’s saying something, if you ask me. It proves that sometimes you really need a scene in context in order to really appreciate what is going on.

This issue put Thor in another new and unique circumstance while pulling old elements (and fan favorites) to the forefront. And I don’t know about you, but I for one am very much looking forward to seeing what happens next.


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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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