Review – Thor #9 (Marvel Comics)

  • Writing - 9/10
  • Art - 10/10
  • Overall - 9.5/10

Thor #9

Writer: Donny Cates
Artist: Nic Klein
Colorist: Matt Wilson
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Maturity Rating: T+
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: November 4th, 2020

Donald Blake returns in Thor #9, though he may not be the doctor and man that most fans remember. No, his story has changed just as much as Thor’s has.

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The Return of Donald Blake in Thor #9

King Thor’s adventures—and trials—continue in Thor #9. He may be the King of Asgard, but that doesn’t mean all of his troubles are gone. The opposite, if recent events are anything to go by. The real question is, how does he plan to deal with all the new difficulties?

Thor #9 (Marvel Comics) variant cover by Jeffrey Veregge
Thor #9 (Marvel Comics) variant cover by Jeffrey Veregge

Donny Cates is still at the helm of Thor’s newest series, making him the first new author to the character in quite some time. He has been taking risks and creating his own story, one which has been making plenty of waves.

This issue does require a bit of knowledge about Thor’s history, though honestly, not as much as you might expect. It does lean heavily on one particular part of Thor’s past, though it does a decent job of explaining the relevant details.


Thor #9 was a shockingly intense and fascinating issue. In many ways, it is the polar opposite of the previous few dilemmas that Thor has come up against. But that is actually working to make it more engrossing rather than less.

Donny Cates has woven a delicate web here. It’s one that has so much potential, and one that’s probably going to get a whole lot darker before it concludes. If I’m being completely honest here (and I strive to always do just that), I think this might be my favorite plot arc to date. For this series, at least.

It’s not something I was prepared to say even one issue ago, yet this latest twist…it’s compelling. More than that, it fits in so well with some themes that have been running through Thor’s series for some time now.

The buildup for all of the major revelations and twists are on an epic level. As they should be! We’re talking about the God of Thunder and King of Asgard, after all. Both of those titles are keenly felt in the narrative here.


As with the writing, the artwork in Thor #9 aims to impress. That in itself is a bit of a task, considering how much is portrayed within this single issue. There are two major scenes, both drastically different from one another. And yet, there is something so familiar about the tones…

Nic Klein was the lead artist, and he did a fantastic job setting the scene here. The scale is unavoidable, as is the potential cost to everything that has happened. And everything that is about to happen, for that matter. I am truly impressed by what was rendered here, but can’t speak in greater detail because I refuse to spoil those amazing reveals.

Matt Wilson fleshed out all of those lines with vibrant colors, all of which worked to enhance the scene. They’re vibrant and alive, while having a mystical hint to them. It is very appropriate, when you think about it.

VC’s Joe Sabino‘s letters were the final touch, making use of systems and formats to help tell a very specific story. The subtle implications here are…harrowing. It’s going to be a long wait for next month.


Thor #9 is a richly intense issue, one that sets a scene and makes dramatic leaps all in a single issue. It’s captivating, and just a little bit terrifying. Especially for fans that are familiar with the themes and tones of this plot, and just how bad things could possibly get before it all comes to an end.

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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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