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Review – Thor #3 (Marvel Comics)

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Thor #3

Writer: Donny Cates
Artist: Nic Klein
Colorist: Matthew Wilson
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Publisher: Marvel
Maturity Rating: T+
Release Date: February 12th, 2020

Thor #3 is a dramatic issue full of intense fights, impacts, and decisions. It’s a rematch like we’ve never seen before; one with a heavy cost.

 

The Price of Power in Thor #3

The latest run of Thor has provided us with a God of Thunder who has undergone many changes. He now has more mantles than ever to wear, and yet it seems like his battle is far from over. At least, not if Thor #3 has anything to say about it.

This series is the first time in years that we’ve seen a new creative team swoop in and take over. It’s safe to say that they’re working hard towards leaving their mark. And they’re doing a brilliant job of it, at that.

Thor #3 (Marvel Comics) main cover by Olivier Coipel
Thor #3 (Marvel Comics) main cover by Olivier Coipel

Thor #3 brings with it so much action (of the fighting variety, of course), as well as some shocking twists and even a little bit of drama. It’s an enthralling read from start to finish, especially for fans of many of the secondary characters known to appear in Thor’s series.

Writing

Thor #3 is one of those spectacular and memorable issues that you just can’t get out of your head. Considering how impressive (and highly talked about) the last issue was, that’s actually quite a feat. Donny Cates has really taken the reins for this series, and he isn’t afraid to go big.

If you’ve been following the series, or are a fan of specific characters—then you know who exactly Thor is about to battle here. (The cover gives a very good hint on this matter.) To say that it’s a dramatic fight would be a significant understatement.

What is so impressive about the fight is how raw it is. Not just the battle itself, but all of the meaning behind it. All of the rage. The sense of loss. It’s all there, and then some. This battle carries so much more weight than expected, and the conclusion makes it clear that it’s going to have lasting (and very surprising) effects.

Seeing Thor’s perspective was enlightening, as well. This series has really gone above and beyond in regard to showing how much Thor has changed. The storytelling style picked for this issue really drove that point home.

Art

In case it wasn’t clear, a whole lot of Thor #3 involved one dramatic fight. It was in no way, shape, or form boring. And it gave the artistic team a lot to work with. This was a dramatic issue, full of poses and hits and impact.

It can be really difficult to show massive levels of power and scale, especially when floating out in space. Yet our artists managed to do exactly that and more. Everything felt so much larger than life. The impacts may have been solely visual, but there were times where it almost felt like you could hear them.

Nic Klein (pencils/inks), Matthew Wilson (colors), and VC’s Joe Sabino (letterer) worked together to bring us this intense issue. You can see how much thought was put into making sure our eyes followed the series of events. No punch went unnoticed. Nor did the emotional toll go ignored.

Conclusion

Thor #3 was every bit as dramatic and haunting as fans were led to hope. We may have known this fight was coming (courtesy of the conclusion from Thor #2), but there really was no way to prepare for what actually happened.

This issue went a long way in showing fan all of the ways Thor has changed, and all of the weight he now carries. We’re left wondering what will happen next, as well as what the next cost will be.


 

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