Thor: God of Thunder #1
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Thor: God of Thunder #1

Writer: Jason Aaron Artist: Esad Ribic Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: November 14, 2012 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 34 User Reviews: 21
8.5Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

Marvel Now! begins for the God of Thunder! The gods are vanishing, leading Thor on a bloody trail that threatens to consume his past, present and future. To save these worlds, Thor must unravel the gruesome mystery of the God Butcher!

  • 10
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Nov 14, 2012

    A wonderful and densely packed opening chapter in the new saga of Thor the God of Thunder, Thor God of Thunder #1 is one of the first must reads of the new slew of Marvel NOW! titles hitting the shelves. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Following The Nerd - Shane Kildea Nov 28, 2012

    The creative team steered clear of using any of Thor's usual supporting cast that was such a heavy presence in the Thor book prior to this relaunch and I think it was a really wise decision. It will help the book regain its focus on the title character and allow the team to build the book the way they want from the ground up and make it accessible to readers old and new. I have never really followed the character in a solo series but I really enjoyed this debut and I'm going to continue to pick it up. Future issues from this team will hopefully retain this quality and we will get a defining run that the character and fans deserve. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Nov 17, 2012

    The choice of writing Thor in three different time periods is kind of weird, but Aaron nails it. The young Thor definitely reminds me of Ages of Thunder, and there is stark difference with the modern Thor and the future Thor. So it creates a broader, more interesting look at the main character. And it actually makes modern Thor, with his heroism, seem much cooler. And the story itself sounds really exciting. Gorr the God Butcher? Sign me up! I didn't like the new Iron Man precisely because its story was just a retread of old Extremis stories. This Gorr story is new and unpredictable, and I'm legitimately excited to see what happens next. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Sara 'Babs' Lima Nov 13, 2012

    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. Read Full Review

  • 10
    iFanboy - Conor Kilpatrick Nov 13, 2012

    Much like the renewed interest in the X-Men that I felt after seeing Bryan Singer's X-Men in 2000, I have found that the recent Marvel Studios films have revived my love of Thor and my desire to follow his solo adventures. With Thor: God of Thunder #1 the future looks bright for Thor Odinson, even as it looks like he might be facing his greatest threat yet. Read Full Review

  • 10
    A Comic Book Blog - Geoff Arbuckle Nov 14, 2012

    Issue #1 of this new era of Thor is a definite success. Aaron's brooding story and Ribic's art is a perfect combo that should get Thor fans quite excited for what's to come! Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Nov 19, 2012

    This was a captivating debut for the new Thor series. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Entertainment Fuse - Sean Elks Nov 17, 2012

    Thor: God of Thunder is on a higher level than other Marvel NOW! relaunches so far. They may be using familiar concepts, but Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic do it in a way that makes this first issue really feel like something new and exciting for their lead character. There's no "getting back to basics" or "business as usual" to this one. This is a match of some great ideas with some unique storytelling spanning three time periods at once. If you have a short list of Marvel NOW! relaunches to check out, Thor: God of Thunder deserves a spot. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Marcell Nov 14, 2012

    Thor: God of Thunder is an excellent start to Jason Aaron's tenure as the God of Thunders scribe. With each character he has written Aaron has managed to add a new dimension to each, and Thor is no exception. With Esad Ribic's pencils also giving excellent visual stimulation as well, this looks to be another one of Marvel's strong Now! titles. Recommend. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    PopMatters - shathley Q Nov 26, 2012

    What we see over time is a Thor broken by history, by the cold winters alone, we see that that brio as a calculated defense, a posture, rather than Thor's character. And we see the long march of time break Thor. There's always a hesitancy to acclaim any one vision of a character, particularly in populist medium, in the superlative. But with Thor: God of Thunder there is another hesitation—the hesitation at imagining a more finely-crafted, richer vision. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Danny Djeljosevic Nov 9, 2012

    As the only guy who's still impressed that "the Scalped guy" can do gonzo superhero stuff really, really well (even though he keeps proving it over and over), I was pretty stoked reading Thor, God of Thunder #1. It's got Thor flying through space to answer a prayer from an alien, three time periods in our hero's life (past, present and desolate future) dealing with the same threat and a cosmic serial killer who murders entire pantheons of gods. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Vince Ostrowski Nov 15, 2012

    I actually undersold it in the introduction, because this book looks to give us so much more than just a good fit of writer to character. Aaron and Ribic are clearly looking to give us an expansive and gorgeous exploration of the timelessness of an immortal Asgardian being weighed against whatever weaknesses they can find in that concept. Stories of gods and supermen can become tiresome when writers aren't creative enough to find those weaknesses. From the very first issue, it's clear that Aaron and Ribic have a plan to put Thor and company through the ringer. And we're all the richer for it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    16BitMonster - Hamilton Ortiz Dec 2, 2012

    Aaron is doing a wonderful job fleshing out Gorr and is truly convincing readers how powerful Gorr is as the butcher of gods. Thor has faced many opponents before but Gorr is in a class all of his own. In issue #1 modern day Thor encounters an entire race of giant gods who were butcherers themselvesslained, tortured, andbutchered by Gorr with ease. Esad Ribic has been able to perfectly capture the look of fear of the dead gods which is what has helped convince the audience of how brutal Gorr can be. If you ever were on the fence about picking up a Thor comic then this would be the perfectopportunityto jump on. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Nov 15, 2012

    It's a strong debut issue for Thor: God of Thunder, and the idea of a deity-focused serial killer is an interesting one. We'll see if Aaron can stay on track with this compelling set-up. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Super Hero Hype - Spencer Perry Nov 14, 2012

    I was surprised to find a lot of restraint in this debut issue. There are really good ideas that Aaron and Ribic execute perfectly with little flack. Thor: God of Thunder is doing what every Marvel NOW! book should and that's redefine the character while staying true to what people love about them. This is already one of my favorites from the relaunch. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Population Go - Population Go Staff Nov 16, 2012

    Aaron's first issue on Thor far exceeded my expectations, even when they were set high, by delivering something completely individual than anything we've seen before with the character. Looking past the fantasy elements used by JMS and Gillen and the sci-fi elements from Fraction's run, Jason Aaron ushers us forth into a new era of Thor comics that steps away from the hero guise and paints him as the benevolent god and warrior that we know he is. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - George Chimples Nov 21, 2012

    Bottom line, Thor: God of Thunder is pretty darn rad. Aaron has made it tough on himself by juggling three intertwining timelines, but it comes off as an interesting experiment in storytelling rather than some flashy gimmick. This is a good example of a creative team working perfectly in-sync - what could be a very complex story flows smoothly, tying together different narrative streams with well-drawn action and comprehensible structure. So far, this might be the best thing out of Marvel NOW! Check it out. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Booked - Andrew Taylor Nov 20, 2012

    Mainstream superhero comics like this rarely come along these days. Silly in spots, challenging in others, but never limiting itself to a select few emotions. The pull between Aarons simplistic narrative, Ribic and Whites grandeur, and the genuine ambition of the premise gives Marvel what they sought for so long, and through many convoluted methods: a comic book for everyone. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Nov 18, 2012

    The biggest payoff is those last few pages. The flash forward is amazing and may my jaw drop. The build up is slow in this issue, and boy does it pay off at the end. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Crux - Jessica Tarnate May 10, 2013

    All in all, Thor: God of Thunder #1 is an intriguing take on the character. Aarons clever storytelling glimpses into different points in time during Thors journey, allowing us to see what will happen. I can already tell this will up the anticipation for each new issue that debuts. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Read Comic Books - Doug Garbark Nov 15, 2012

    All in all, I would recommend pick up Marvel NOW! #1. It doesnt have any huge ground breaking plot points or a big cliff hanger at the end, but it appears it will be a slow burning mystery rather than an action romp that has Thor bashing things in with his trusty hammer. If that seems like something you are interested in, grab this issue for sure, if not Im sure there will be plenty of Whack-A-Mole moments in the near future. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson Dec 1, 2012

    Jason Aaron is deconstructing the concept of a pantheon of gods. A big part of that is the fact that gods can die in the Marvel universe, though this has been true for quite some time. The other major element of Aaron's tale is the diversity of gods across the cosmos and how they're all seen equally by each other and, most importantly, the God Butcher. Maybe it's social commentary on the relative nature of religious symbolism and how none is better or worse than the others. Perhaps it's a ploy to make gods more of a central idea in the Marvel universe. Or maybe it's just plain cool to see gods being assassinated like mere mortals. Whatever the reason, Aaron's somber take on the role of gods in the lives of mortal beings is phenomenal. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    First Comics News - Matthew Szewczyk Nov 15, 2012

    If you were introduced to Thor in the various movies or are a long time Thor fan who was turned off by recent story lines I think you will find a lot to enjoy in this first issue. I am not sure how well the three tiered story will work in future issues or where the story itself is going but I am very interested in finding out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Blue Raven Comics - Ethan Barker Dec 6, 2012

    All in all, Thor God of Thunder has an ideal issue 1. It establishes the character and plays with some interesting ideas hinting at future story lines. Considering Thor is one of my favourite superheroes, I loved seeing him get reinstated as a classic character " This book definitely earns my recommendation. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - john Nov 16, 2012

    I would suggest that everyone tries this first issue of Thor: God of Thunder. This issue has an interesting story and great art. In my opinion it is the best Marvel NOW! Launch yet. Thought I have to see how the three incarnation of Thor idea is going to work . Everyone should give Thor: God of Thunder a try. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Nov 17, 2012

    There were pages in which Ribic's work here reminded me of the work of Alex Ross, and others reminded me of the style of Barry Windsor-Smith. The design for the shadowy "guard dog" seemed a little generic, but Ribic also captured a thoroughly alien look for the creature, which was fitting. The characters are quite expressive without looking too cartoony, and Ribic's design and depiction of an alien version of Mount Olympus struck a nice balance between science-fiction and fantasy. I don't think there was a single panel of this comic book I didn't thoroughly enjoy. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Nov 19, 2012

    I'm interested enough to come back for the next issue - but just barely. I was hoping for much more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Nov 14, 2012

    "Thor: God of Thunder" #1 does a great job of getting the ball rolling for Marvel NOW! giving readers who want to read about Thor a chance to join in the adventure. I'll admit that I got what I expected from the combination of Jason Aaron writing and Thor being Aaron's protagonist, but thankfully the writer didn't stop there. As for me, I won't be stopping with this issue. "Thor God of Thunder" #1 was all I needed to see to know that now is a good time to reacquaint myself with some marvelous heroes. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Comic Book Syndicate - Kristina Nov 19, 2012

    Thor: God of Thunder is best for new readers who want to really learn about Thor as a god. For fans who have loved Thor over the years, this is redundant. The only interesting part about this issue is that there is menacing god who reemerges every few millennia. This is interesting for a plot driven story, if Aaron really wants to show Thor in a different light. He would have to use more of a character driven storytelling than a plot driven one. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Joey Esposito Nov 13, 2012

    Thankfully, the always-reliable coloring of Dean White helps to jolt this issue back to life somewhat, offering emotive colors that bounce in all the right ways and offer some genuine visual delights that would otherwise be lacking. Particularly in the aforementioned darker scenes, White's colors take advantage of the light source and turn an otherwise hard-to-depict sequence into a scene with mood and atmosphere. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Feb 20, 2013

    Thor: God Of Thunder #5 isn’t a deal breaker; as there’s always hope I’m wrong. Having read a lot of what Jason Aaron does, I just don't have much faith. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Nov 14, 2012

    To be honest, this book isn't a bad one, but it is disappointing. Because this comic is so plot-centric, the hero doesn't do much to endear himself and the villain is still off-panel and unable to really conjure up a sense of dread or tension. The time-spanning nature of Jason Aaron's story gives us a sense of scale and grandeur, but the too-dark coloring by Dean White and off-balance art by Esad Ribic doesn't hammer the point home. Now that the pieces are in play, let's hope that Jason Aaron and company's sophomore efforts are stronger, or this is Asgardian is going to be lost among the Marvel NOW! pantheon. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Nov 17, 2012

    The latest version of Thor has some good points but isn't something I am completely ready to commit to. Perhaps I just don't see Thor as a capable detective or perhaps I don't believe that a God killer could hunt down Gods around Thor for so long a period of time without taking the big guy out. Overall, I liked the book but didn't really fall head over heels for it. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Nov 27, 2012

    I like that this book is very separated from the rest of the Marvel NOW Universe for now, but it’s not the best Thor has ever been. In fact Thor really doesn’t do much in this issue rather than drink and narrate. I’m still baffled by the short-sided nature of the storytelling by jumping to what essentially is the last Thor story… in the first issue! This is just another fresh start ruined by gimmick storytelling to build a villain that’s so far a no show and has no possibility of winning. Read Full Review

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