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Review – Thor #7 (Marvel Comics)

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Thor #7

Writer: Donny Cates
Artist: Aaron Kuder
Colorist: Matt Wilson
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Released: September 16th, 2020
Maturity Rating: T+

Thor #7 is the start of a new arc for Thor, and things are not looking good for the God of Thunder. He’s got a new problem that must be dealt with, but he’s doing so in unique ways.

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The Consequences Are Heavy in Thor #7

 

Thor has gone through so much in recent years – both in the comics and in the movies. And from the looks of things, his journey is far from over. Thor #7 is about to bring with it, even more, change, and surprises.

Let’s be honest here; it has been a hot minute since somebody other than Jason Aaron has written for Thor. That made Donny Cates stepping up an interesting moment, with everyone waiting to see what he would do.

Seven issues in, it’s still clear that Cates is having fun with the character, and doing his best to come up with new and unique plots. The latest series has been taking a lot of risks, and yet they all seem to feel right for the character. That includes this most recent twist.

Writing

Thor #7 (Marvel) Writer: Donny Cates Penciler: Aaron Kuder Cover Artist: Olivier Coipel
Thor #7 (Marvel) Writer: Donny Cates Penciler: Aaron Kuder Cover Artist: Olivier Coipel

Thor #7 is the first issue in a new plot arc, and it starts with a bang. Almost literally, as the case may be. It looks like we’re in for another crazy ride, proving once again that Thor really can’t catch a break.

Granted, lots of breaks would make his series mighty dull. And this issue is anything but. It’s packed to the brim with commentary about everything that has been happening, and a little bit more. References to prior events galore, naturally.

There’s also a surprising amount of humor to be found here, despite the overall heavier tone of the plot. It breaks the tension and overall allows everything to flow smoothly, all while making for an easier read.

While there’s no doubt that this issue references many events from Thor’s past (not to mention several other characters), so far the series is continuing to be approachable to new fans as well. Almost every reference is explained, even if only briefly. And when it isn’t explained, it’s easy to follow via context. So do not let the history scare you away.

Art

The artwork inside Thor #7 is impressively done, and on more than one occasion does carry the plot. The artistic team did an excellent job of sneaking in subtle moments, all while sticking to classic elements that make Thor’s series what it is.

Aaron Kuder (artist), Matt Wilson (colorist), and VC’s Joe Sabino (letterer) all worked together to bring this adventure to life. And boy, did they succeed on that count. This issue portrays many characters and locations, and all of them feel distinct and almost alive.

The emotions shown in this issue seem to almost pop right off the pages. Not just Thor’s, but the secondary and guest characters as well. At times it’s done to increase the tension of a moment, but at other times it is designed for the sake of humor. It’s a perfect balance, no matter how you look at it.

The colors are vibrant, as they should be when portraying the God of Thunder. Or an ally he feels like messing with, as the case may be. I loved how the color palettes seemed to change depending on the scene, it made the transitions sharp and clear.

Conclusion

Thor #7 began yet another arc for Thor, and it did so with style. It blended many thematic elements present in Thor’s latest few runs, but it did so in a unique manner. The writing is using those moments as building blocks, cleverly combining them as a foundation for something more. And yet, I find myself strongly looking forward to seeing where this latest arc will go. It’s going to be hard to predict, and that makes it all the better.


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About the author

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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