Thor: The God Butcher Volume 1

Hello, I’m a unicorn. You’ve already seen my opinion on a bad comic, so how about a good one? And oh boy, this is a really good one. ‘Thor: The God Butcher’  is, in a word, AWESOME. It has it all, gorgeus art, a great story, and a terrifying villain that we want to see vanquished. So let’s talk about the story.

Someone has been gruesomely killing off the deities from many different planets. This obviously is the aforementioned Gorr, the God Butcher, a monster who looks like the spawn of Lord Voldemort and Pitch Black from ‘Rise of the Gaurdians.

voldie       +    =    butcher

He and Thor have met before, and now that the kills are happening again Present Day Thor must find a way to put a stop to it. This brings us to the next great storytelling aspect. It’s told in a non-linear way, so we meet, get to know and sympathize with the three Thors. The arrogant, young god in over his head, the previously mentioned present day Thor suddenly having to relive the trauma of their first encounter, and the battle weary old Thor who just wants to die. You jump from past to present to future a lot, but it’s still pretty easy to follow, even if, like me, you were tired and reading it in the middle of the night. I don’t want to spoil the plot or the extreme sense of suspense, so you’ll have to read it to find out what happens.

Now let’s talk about the art. Like I said, it is beautiful. Esad Ribic’s pencils are a just a joy to look at especially in the trade volume, where the initial sketches and concept art really shines. The villain is scary looking, and the designs of the murdered gods are all fascinating to look at.  The coloring is what I have a minor issue with. Sometimes it makes the art look washed out, usually when they’re indoors or when old Thor fights Gorr’s minions in the future. This is a minor complaint, and only occurs a few times. Overall, I highly recommend it, even if, like me, you aren’t familiar with Thor’s mythos, it still is very enjoyable. So what are you waiting for?Read it now.


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