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Thor: God of Thunder #1 - The God Butcher, Part One of Five: A World Without Gods

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We review the first issue of Marvel's all-new THOR book a bit early.

The Good

The great thing about early reviews is the fact that you can read them a full day prior to your trip to the comic shop to help you decide on whether or not to pick up an issue. If you are having second thoughts or are still unsure as to whether or not you should pick up the first issue of Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic's THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #1, this review should reassure you that the first issue in this new Marvel NOW! series is a heck of a great book.

Part of the Marvel Now! initiative is a relaunch of Thor's self-titled series, and like most #1 issues, this is a great place for new readers to start. Essentially, Thor has been given a clean slate. This first issue is an introduction to Jason Aaron's brand new story that gives the character a sort of definitive beginning. It introduces readers to The God of Thunder, and brings us back to a mythical time where Gods once fraternized with regular men on Earth. By launching the series with a brand new story, the creative team is essentially crafting a really accessible issue that allows new readers who might be unfamiliar with Thor's character to jump right in without boring long-time fans of the classic comic book character.

Writer Jason Aaron doesn't hold your hand with this first issue, he instead thrusts you into the story introducing both character and premise simultaneously. It is clear that Aaron will use the story and the theme to depict the character; readers will witness for themselves who Thor is based on his decisions and actions in reaction to the events that unfold around him, and I think this was a really smart way to write his first issue.

We are first introduced to a young Thor, a fighter and a God who accidentally discovers that there is a God killer who is threatening not only his existence, but the existence of all Gods. Here we have a much more traditional God of Thunder who seems to be more brooding. Aaron really sets the tone of the book and the story he'll be telling with the language he uses. This character really sounds like Thor and I think that's very important. His internal dialogue also changes throughout the first issue; it is different in the beginning than in the end and is this sort of reflection of how the character has evolved. I don't want to give much more away, but I will say that it is interesting to see how worn and aged the character becomes through the years. Esad Ribic's art really reflects that tone, as well. The artist really captures the mood and the emotion of the character and how his experiences have affected him. It is really well done.

If you were a big fan of Matt Fraction's take on the God of Thunder, you'll find that this series feels a little bit differently.It's clear that Jason Aaron is telling a story that is deeply set in mystery, and in uncovering the mystery will gradually develop Thor's character.

The Bad

I really enjoyed this issue, nothing really bad to say about it.

The Verdict

This is a great first issue for anyone who has always wanted to read Thor but has felt intimidated by the character. Yet, this isn't just a new reader friendly book because it launches a whole new story and a brand new series; it's also a great first issue for those who have loved Thor forever (like me). The character is really well represented here, and it's a good first issue because it leaves readers guessing and asking a lot of questions. I won't get into specifics because I do not want to give anything away, but you will be left wondering and very interested. Great art, and an awesome story mean that I can't give this anything less than a perfect score.

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I'm very glad that the series seems very good this far.

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Edited By Omega Ray Jay

Awesome stuff, super excited for this now!

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Very excited for this! The art alone is worth picking this up.

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Edited By Jonny_Anonymous

I don't like Marvels version of Thor but I love mythology and Jason Aaron hmmm, what costume does he ware in this? I liked that version that was on the Marvel NOW teaser

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Edited By evilvegeta74

Gotta grab this!

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Edited By Cavemold

Excited for this heard mixed reviews on it, is it written at slow pace ?

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Edited By reignmaker

C'mon, CV...where's my early review for Fantastic Four? Seriously though, I figured Thor would be good. Unfortunately, I already have Sword of Sorcery on my pull list so I think I have this particular genre covered.

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Edited By TheGodofThunder

different from fraction. That's what I like to hear.

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Edited By CircularLogic

I read fraction's run during the crossover with JiM, and didn't care for it. This, though. This sounds good.

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Edited By Sinfulplayerx

Please don't let me down. I'm expecting big things from Thors and Hulks new books. ;)

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Edited By Arevish

I love Aaron. And i Love ribic's art since Silver Surfer Requiem. His Thor looks so good, like a real powerful God.

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I'm really excited to read this. Besides All New X-Men this is my most anticipated title.

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Edited By Chewish

Wow. Was not expecting this. Guess I'll add this to my Marvel NOW! reading list, along with Uncanny Avengers, Deadpool, Hawkeye, and WATX

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Edited By VictorVonDoom_1

Alright, sold. I will pick this up after days of self-debate.

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Edited By magnusalpha

I'm a big Thor nerd, can't wait to start up on this series and check out the art.

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Edited By TheHeat

I'm really loving the variant cover with all three Thors standing next to each other. Definitely grabbing this issue.

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Edited By SavageDragon

Really excited for this. I read the preview in the Marvel NOW book a while ago and absolutley loved the art. I am one of those new fans to Thor that has never really read him before outside of Avengers an am happy for this jumping on point to the character. Good stuff Sara.

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Edited By boyinfidel

Never picked up Thor, but I've always wanted to give it a go. The recent Word Bubble interview with the creators also piqued my interest, so it's a 'Yes' for me!

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Edited By SpeedBlitzer

Can't wait to read it! One thing I am very excited about it is that Aaron will really explore what being a god means!

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Edited By EdwardWindsor

heard many positives about this series glad its rated so highly. Only problem is i really really want that cover with the three ages of Thor on it from smug young Thor to all father version.

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I wasn't going to get this but after reading

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Edited By Lvenger

"If you were a big fan of Matt Fraction's take on the God of Thunder, you'll find that this series feels a little bit differently."

Good. Fraction's run on Thor was appalling. Glad that Aaron's taking steps to improve the status of Thor from the mess Fraction left it in.

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Dang 5 stars from babs and I wanted to be indifferent to this title so I wouldn't be tempted to pick it up.....

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Edited By dernman

Just read it and it seems interesting. Not to mention the art is good. This is a good start to erase what was done in Mighty Thor.

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Edited By Deranged Midget

This is fantastic news, although nearing the end of his run on Thor, Fraction really stepped up his game.

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Edited By sora_thekey

It sounds like this title is telling Thor stories that play more into the mythological aspects the same way that DC took the Wonder Woman title onto WW myths' direction.

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Edited By CircularLogic

Just read it. I agree with most everything said, except the art. It's solid, but damn does Young Thor make some Goofy faces. Someone should make it a meme

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I hope this is good!

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Edited By SpeedBlitzer

It exceeded my expectations. The best of marvel NOW so far, and definitely the book I'll most look forward from now on.

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Edited By VictorVonDoom_1

So glad I picked this up. The art alone is amazing.

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Edited By Jonny_Anonymous

How did that alien know that Thor exists? How did they know what dragons, elves and rainbows where? Why did the alien gods castle look very human with swords and helmets and stuff?

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@Jonny_Anonymous: The girl knows about Thor because he is talked about across the universe "Everyone throughout the spaceways says you're the greatest god who's ever lived."

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@Danvidar said:

@Jonny_Anonymous: The girl knows about Thor because he is talked about across the universe "Everyone throughout the spaceways says you're the greatest god who's ever lived."

So even thought they have no technology they still manage to talk to pepole throughout the space ways, if she had asked for the Silver Surfer then I could at least believed it

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Edited By Danvidar

@Jonny_Anonymous: Just because they cannot leave the planet does not stop other people landing and talking.

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I loved the first issue. I have a feeling this and Indestructible Hulk will be one of the sleeper hits of Marve NOW.

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I like the idea of a story spanning across three time periods over Thor's life. It'll be neat to see him at different stages in his life as he deals with the God Butcher!

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So effin good. The art was beautiful and the story is what I look for in a Thor comic.

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This was a really good issue im new to thor and very excited too see were this story leads

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This was really good!!

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Edited By SadiaVicious

Oh my God of Thunder, that was... AWESOME! Really great issue, REALLY GREAT! He's really well represented here!

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THE VERDICT

Superbly detailed and elegant, Thor: God Of Thunder has a "bright" future. Jason Aaron crafts a tale even Tolkien would call his own. With artwork to compliment every panel, this stands as one of the big contenders. A must read for fans young and old.

THE RATING

4/5 Stan Lee's