Thor: God of Thunder #13

Writer: Jason Aaron Artist: Ron Garney Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: September 18, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 5
8.4Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

• Beginning a new arc featuring the bloody return of one of Thor's greatest enemies: Malekith the Accursed!
•  Once the former lord of the Dark Elves is freed from his otherworldly prison, the chase is on across the Nine Realms to capture him and end his vengeful reign of terror!

  • 10
    Statues And Superheroes - Steven Viscido Oct 12, 2013

    Overall, this was another excellent issue of Thor, God of Thunder. The story was excellent, with good pacing and strong dialogue, and interesting character interactions.  The art was significantly better-looking in this issue than last month's, and definitely has an appropriate fantasy "feel" to it, but I really miss Ribic, who was so perfect on this book. But I can't really argue with the end result. Thor is outstanding again this month as usual. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Gregg Katzman Sep 18, 2013

    It's very possible Jason Aaron was born to write a Thor book. The sense of adventure, the awe-inspiring scale, the mystical fun, the charming cast (villain aside, of course)... it's all present and in great quantity, too. Every scene had my eyes glued to the pages and I found myself completely immersed in Thor's universe the entire time. What's particularly important to note is this praise is coming from someone who tends to stray away from cosmic and fantasy books, too. THOR: GOD OF THUNDER is absolutely one of Marvel's best books right now. This is a jumping on point, so do yourself a favor and go get it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Chris Romero Sep 20, 2013

    A good jumping on point for newer readers, Thor #13 is the beginning of something special. Grab yourself a goblet of mead and enjoy the thrill. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - kanchilr1 Sep 18, 2013

    Thor: God Of Thunder continues to be one of the best books over at Marvel right now. While it may be off the radar of most people, the story I excels week in and week out. There is no reason why any fan of the character shouldn't be reading these new adventures. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Sep 23, 2013

    While the timing of pitting Malekith and Thor against each other is certainly owed in no small part to "Thor: The Dark World's" impending November release, the execution of the coupling and the acceleration of "Thor: God of Thunder" #13 is all Jason Aaron. Every issue of "Thor: God of Thunder" rises to the top of the comics pile, making a claim for the best that Marvel publishes. "Thor: God of Thunder" #13 offers an inviting point for readers to jump in for a pitch-perfect introduction to the Nine Realms. This issue delivers a more powerful action-packed punch than the previous, but taken together they portray the versatility of the character and Aaron's ability to humanize the God of thunder without neutering the grander tale to which Thor belongs. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Analog Addiction - Jideobi Odunze Sep 20, 2013

    This was an excellent start to a new story and The Accursed shows potential to be just as memorable if not more than the previous story arc. Polished style, handle of gore, and the overall historic feel that makes this feel as though it's an epic tale. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Den Of Geek! - Marc Buxton Sep 20, 2013

    "The God Butcher" was a very isolated story for Thor. Other than his past and future selves, Thor worked alone. In "The Accursed," Aaron will finally have a chance to play with the Warriors Three and Lady Sif, four characters who, by no accident, also will feature prominently in Thor: The Dark World. Aaron has the group's banter down and gives the reader a sense he has written them for years. As they race to a burning Svartalfheim to find the Dark Elven realm burning and to confront Malekith, astride a flying white tiger, the band that just blew your ear drums out with "The God Butcher," just plugged in their amps for a second set...and it's going to be loud. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Sep 18, 2013

    Artist Ron Garney does a nice job of bringing the fantasy elements of the story to life. While not quite as awesome as Walt Simonson’s Malekith, Garney’s is grotesquely evil.  The work here has a watercolor vibe to it, with the lines and details lightly sketched and inked. Thor: God of Thunder #13 has a light touch to it, one that goes hand in hand with older '70s pulp fantasy books. I’m not sure how this will translate action, but thus far Ron Garney is doing an excellent job. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Sep 21, 2013

    Aaron continues to do a fantastic job writing Thor, and this time we get to see him interact with Sif and the Warriors Three. I was really, really hoping that Beta Ray Bill would make an appearance, considering the end of Journey Into Mystery, but it was not to be. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Multiversity Comics - David Henderson Sep 20, 2013

    After creating the saga that could very easily best all Thor stories to come, Jason Aaron has proved here that he's not willing to just sit down and phone it in the rest of the way. Even his attempt at creating a new reader friendly opening to a story arc feels epic and true God-like storytelling of the previous arc. While it is let down by artwork that was let down by poor colouring, it's still strong enough to stand head and shoulders over a lot of other stories out there. Now, this is how you do a villain story and make him terrifying. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Sep 18, 2013

    The visuals by Ron Garney are unfortunately not the best we have seen from the artist. Backgrounds are often faded or completely blank, and even some elements in the foreground lack a certain polish. Part of the blame might be on Ive Svorcina's colors, which attempt to add a rough, historic feel to the pages, yet sometimes overdo it. But it's not all bad. Garney is an excellent cover artist, so naturally the splash page moneyshots are worth drooling over. This isn't an awful looking comic by any means, but it could use some refinement. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Hugo Robberts Lariviere Sep 21, 2013

    This latest comment could also be the reality of the artistic presentation of the book, brought by Ron Garney. With this title seeing great artists like Esad Ribic and Nic Klein, Ron Garney comes as a bit of a downgrade to the whole package. Sure enough, he is talented as he clearly shows in the scenes featuring the dark elves in Niffleheim, with Garney showing off the icy realm full of tortured souls and spider with a style that is great to behold, yet those are the best pages visually in the whole issue. The other pages are much more muddled and sketchy in their details, which is a shame as the book always had a strong artistic position. The expressions and many of the background are detailed enough to be discernible for the readers, yet there is a lack of cleanliness in Garney's approach that doesn't let some of the elements come to the forefront of the book like they should. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Sep 23, 2013

    Still, as far as introductions go, Jason Aaron, Ron Garney and Ive Scovrcina have my interest piqued - Malekith may be one-note for now, but I have confidence that Aaron can make his character more detailed and nuanced as time progresses. Combined with some very strong artwork, this creative team has me down for the next issue. Read Full Review

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