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Thor #2 Review: Galactus return to power

The Devourer King

Part Two – Lightning and Hunger

Thor now a Herald of Galactus has a vision of a black winter that destroyed a previous universe. Thor leads Galactus to one of the five enchanted planets, Clypse. Inhabited, Thor tells Galactus that he should move on to one of the other planets. He doesn’t care. He needs all the planets if he’s going to survive the black winter. Thor refuses to allow him to consume the planet. Galactus knocks Thor out of orbit, sending him crashing into Clypse. Mjolnir continues to increase in weight, but Thor can still manage to wield it. He throws it at Galactus, blowing off several of his fingers. Enraged, Galactus tells him that Thor “exist solely by the grace he was given.” Thor retorts that he only serves Asgard. Mjolnir then rips through the left knee of Galactus.

Thor is then assaulted by the indigenous species of Clypse. Using sticks, axes and boulders they surround Thor overwhelming him. Galactus take advantage of this interference, deploying his Elemental Converter. He begins consuming the planet. Hugin and Munin are sent to Asgard so Thor may speak through them. He tells Sif to use the Bifrost to save the citizens of Clypse. Thor promises the leaders of Clypse that he will give them “refuge until such time as he can replenish their world of the energy Galactus is going to drain.” However, Galactus shows no restraint and destroys the planet. Now embedded with more power than ever, Galactus attempts to kill Thor. However, Thor is hit in the face by Stormbreaker and Galactus is hit with a barrage of missiles. Beta Ray Bill accompanied by a warship, asks Thor to step aside while he “talk” to Galactus.

This issue continues to impress. I like that the second issue quickly moved to Thor being the Herald. This issue generally revolves around how Thor will handle the likely genocide that will result from Galactus feeding. This is a common theme that often revolves around Galactus. Both Thor and Galactus seem to be too willing to kill each other, considering the stakes. They both need each other. Beta Ray Bill further complicates this dynamic. I predict that Thor will have to fight Bill but once he explains the danger they will work together.

Thor #1 Review

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Thor #1 Review: A Spectacular New Chapter for the New King of Asgard

Thor #1

Writer: Donny Cates
Artist: Nic Klein
Colorist: Matthew Wilson
Letterer: Joe Sabino
Publisher: Marvel
Released: January 1st, 2020


The Devourer King

The Black Winter (Part One)

Thor is one of Marvel’s most iconic superheroes. Even prior to the MCU, Thor was a house hold name. Personally, I was always indifferent towards him. He’s cool enough, but I never found him to be interesting the way I did other heroes. In Thor #1, written by Donny Cates and illustrated by Nic Klein, follows Thor as he takes the throne. After the War of the Realms, Thor has rebuilt his fathers golden palace with wood and stone. Thor is seemingly overwhelmed by his new status and the responsibility that comes with it. However, he does feel that it’s his throne. When Loki arrives to mock him, asking “how does it feel to sit on father’s throne?” Thor responds with “I wouldn’t know, brother. I’ve only ever sat on mine.”

Thor has no issue displaying that he not only is he the “All-Father” now, he has inherited all the power that the title entails. However, Thor has been feeling the weight of Mjolnir grow over time. He’s unsure why.

Galactus falls to Asgard in Thor #1.
Galactus falls to Asgard

Galactus falls from the sky

The devourer of Worlds, falls to the ground. He’s is exhausted, frostbitten and missing the mower part of his right arm. Reacting to the arrival of Galactus, Thor armed with Mjolnir prepares to attack. However, Galactus begs him to stop. Mumbling something about the “Great Black Winter” before passing out. Weeks later, the appearance of Galactus appears to have brought death to Asgard. The tree of life, Yggdrasil, has begun to die.

Meanwhile, Thor has gathered the Heralds of Galactus, wanting to learn of the impeding “Star Plague,” and “Black Winter.” A newly blackened Silver Surfer arrive to explain that the Black Winter has many names but “one truth.” It is the “one true end.” However, Galactus had survived two black winters. Silver Surfer believes that he must face this one as well. According to Silver Surfer, Galactus must feed. Having gained and kept secret knowledge of five “special planets,” that would increase the powers of Galactus. Silver Surfer will now offer them to Galactus.

Thor, Herald of Thunder
Thor, Herald of Thunder

Thor, Herald of Galactus

Silver Surfer offers himself as the herald of Galactus, with Thor offering his services. However, Galactus refuses. When you “gaze into the Black Winter,” . . . “you see the form of your own true death,” he says. Galactus states that when he saw the form of his death, it was Thor. Embedding Thor with the power cosmic, Galactus turns him into the “Herald of Thunder.” His plan is to join forces with Thor to defeat the Black Winter, then they will deal with his vision. I had no expectation going into reading this comic. Like Jonathan Hickman, I wasn’t familiar with Donny Cates work. I can’t speak to the quality of his previous work but I’m impressed. Cates gives Thor some complexity, although he does resemble Odin quite a bit. His storytelling is easily digestible, despite a more complex story.

Along with a new writer, comes a new art team. Nic Klein (artist), with Matthew Wilson (colorist) and Joe Sabino (letterer). As usual the art is what originally drew me in. Klein’s art style has a sketchy feel to it. Wilson complements Klein’s style well, using muted colors that don’t over power the line work. If I have any issues it that I get the impression that many comics are the beginning of some cosmic level event. Regardless, I’m excited for this series. And Black Silver Surfer and Thor, Herald of Thunder look cool.