This right here just so happened to be my most anticipated book for the week. King Thor #1 is the issue we all knew was coming, and it was only a matter of time once this story finally caught up. I mean, it honestly breaks my heart that this is it for a Thor story which has been seven years in the making. Right now I can’t argue with this being one of the most epic runs in Marvel history. Show me a story that has been weaved this brilliantly together from God of Thunder, to Mighty Thor, to Unworthy Thor, to War of the Realms, and to King Thor.
The cliffhanger from the previous issue of Thor which set this up was perfect, because we knew exactly what we were anticipating from this first issue. The last time we were properly in King Thor time, we saw that Loki was back to his old tricks and acquiring the most dangerous weapon that any god has faced down. He got it, and now he has brought it to King Thor’s doortstep. The big question from there was what motivates this Loki who has decided that his brother is his enemy once more. That is clearly something we are going to have to work towards, so for now it was just chilling to see who currently is trying to be a hero, now the worst version of himself. As we jumped back into the beginnings of this battle, every blow hits you because you know that this either ends with the death of Thor, or the death of Loki. And in case anyone hasn’t been keeping score, it took three Thors last time to take down someone wielding the All-Black.
Now before I dive further into this, as any new #1, the big question is if this is something easy to jump into. This is still a story that started seven years ago, and it’s safe to say there’s one too many Marvel fans out there who have questioned why things have happened the way they have because they refused to read what set it all in motion. The first page did a great job of summing up the important bits, and everything after that you could piece together yourself.
Breaking off into the part the Girls of Thunder played, I was intrigued by what challenges they would face as Loki began to have his way with Thor. There may be three f them, but they are too young to reach the kind of power currently unleashed. So their purpose lies in a different kind of adventure that played strongly into the idea that this is a tale already told.
What I loved most about King Thor #1 was feeling the same way we did when we first began reading Thor: God of Thunder seven years ago. It’s the way that this story reads that captivates you. Having the perspective in narration as if events already passed, and that made every moment of the story both personal and engaging. The lettering also played a strong hand in this. Elements such as this can elevate the story in ways you never imagined. Which brings me to one of the main attractions for this run, Esad Ribic’s return to interior work. This would not have been the same experience if he was not onboard to make us feel and see the epicness of this story as much as we know it to be. Once more I was blown away by the work that he put into recreating this barren future. He gets these characters, the way we should feel about them, the way they should feel through their varied experiences. This is all drawn into the way they express themselves and carry themselves in a dying universe. Now it does go without saying that colors make a big difference in selling us on the kind of story told. Without the right colorist, you wouldn’t get that classic faded touch that is washed over the colors, you wouldn’t get all of the realistic textures which breathe life into the characters and settings, and you also would not get the same impact from someone wielding the All-Black that is made purely of black. Nothing drive me crazier than someone working with weapons made out of darkness, and they get messy. Don’t get me wrong, you can get messy, because even this is a messy weapon. though that never means the reader can’t be able to see what the person is doing when they swing that Necrosword covered in it, or when they are moving fast and without form.
King Thor #1 truly does mark the end of a truly Marvelous era. In a world where everyone is simply pushing to write a quick story and jump to the next #1? This Thor epic spanned across the years and through multiple titles to get us to this penultimate moment. This is what you get when you tackle a franchise with the intention of making your story survivable. Everything was written, and everything mattered no matter how big or small the twist. King Thor holds the appeal of also being the first where we truly don’t know how it will end. Even now when all seems hopeless, we know to never say never until all is said and done.