Thor: God of Thunder #19.NOW

Writer: Jason Aaron Artist: Esad Ribic Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: February 12, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 10
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Thor, Asgardian God of Thunder, has always fought to save his adopted home of Earth. But who can he fight when the planet itself is dying? Thor's mortal ally and environmental secret agent Roz Solomon has a few ideas. Namely the world's largest and most nefarious energy company Roxxon, and its ruthless new CEO known as "The Minotaur." Has the God of Thunder finally met his match, in the form of a multinational super-corporation? Meanwhile, many millennia ahead, a future version of Thor faces a very different battle to save what remains of the earth--a battle against the greatest villain the Marvel Uni more

  • 10
    Hero Nuggets - James 'Hopper' Powers Feb 14, 2014

    Thor: God of Thunder #19.NOW is another incredible installation in the saga of our favorite Norse hero. While the issue was a bigger setup than payoff, the overall scale of the run and Thor's evolving role in the universe was deepened. The entire earth is at stake here and Thor is rising to the occasion in a way that only he can: through many millenia and countless struggles. The final page gets my Mjolnir buzzing and I cannot wait for next month's issue!! I know I say that a lot, but the fact that this issue (and nearly every other one in Thor: God of Thunder) has me so incredibly excited to find out and see what happens next is a testament to the overall quality of the comic. Jason Aaron, Esad Ribic, and Ive Svorcina have come through and delivered a must-buy issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - Gregory Paul Silber Feb 12, 2014

    Jason Aaron certainly has a great sense of humor, but he's still telling a high-adventure, action-oriented story, which Esad Ribic portrays beautifully. Aaron's writing tends to be pretty dense in this series (which is definitely a good thing), but when Ribic has a large panel to work with, you can be sure that he's going to make it count. Ribic's had some stiff competition from guest artists like Ron Garney and Nic Klein, but he makes a welcome return to Thor: GOT's interior pages with this issue.Is it Good? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge, III Feb 12, 2014

    Jason Aaron has written a great many Marvel characters very well, but with Thor, he seems to have finally found his sweet spot. Since his first issue, Aaron has turned in some of the best work of his Marvel career, balancing multiple plots, rising action, and a pitch perfect characterization of The Mighty Avenger. He's seems a guy who was born to write Thor and a writer who completely understands the power of the character, along with the character's ability to star in a myriad of stories beyond the shackles of the basic superhero fare and we, as lowly mortal readers, are the one's who reap the benefits. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Feb 12, 2014

    Esad Ribic delivers the goods, man. His killer art is reason enough to pick up any given issue of this series. The only pages that don't look amazing are the glimpses for the future, which have a washed out, bleak look. Of course, this is intentional, but Ribic's art doesn't excel in those conditions. His unique style looks so much better when colorist Ive Svorcina is really going for it, filling in every line completely. The fully detailed scenes are incredible, and that last page will get you all kinds of fired up. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    We The Nerdy - Matt Sculthorpe Feb 14, 2014

    Thor: God of Thunder 19 (.now if youre nasty) sets some awesome things up down the way for everyones favorite Norse deity. Roxxon seems to be a problem coming down the way for Thor as does whatever shows up at the end. If this arc is about taking care of the Earth, the consequences are already seen, and all that is left is to see how it plays out. With Aaron and Ribic at the reigns it is sure to be worth the ride. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Hugo Robberts Lariviere Feb 13, 2014

    There are a few hiccups in this issue, but the astonishing art and colors of Ribic and Svorcina, combined with a great take on Thor and a new direction that has potential proves that this new arc might elevate this title to the quality it once reached. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Feb 18, 2014

    Jason Aaron's story manages a nice balance between humor and the adventure. The new story is just getting started, so it's too soon to pass final judgment, but it's a decent (if not spectacular) start. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Feb 14, 2014

    Taking on environmental or social issues in a comic book can be a dicey proposition with a slippery slope. Thor upstages Roxxon, but the manner in which that is accomplished is sure to leave readers wondering why that wasn't done sooner or can't be done more often. Aaron is competent enough to put a price behind Thor's gift. The writer also removes the face of the foe of environmental upheaval. Sure, there are proxies to punch, but the real problem is bigger than Thor, more widespread and more tenacious. Thor's ties to humanity may not lead to his downfall, but it will leave to heartache, as Aaron has already shown in previous appearances of King Thor. Environmental issues, fallen frost giants and returning resource plunderers make for quite a wide array of content in the pages of "Thor: God of Thunder" #19. NOW which serves up an in-progress jumping on spot for fans of the thunder god. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Gregg Katzman Feb 12, 2014

    THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #19 is a jumping on point and I strongly recommend you do just that. While opening chapters can often feel overburdened by exposition and info dumps, Aaron's able to set the stage without ever letting go of our interest. That's thanks to some swift pacing, sharp writing, and of course, some legitimately grand artwork by Ribic. Seriously, you don't even need to be a Thor fan to fall in love with this series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GoCollect - @TonyTheGamerDad Feb 13, 2014

    This is another great Thor comic that I highly recommend. The only gripes I have with the book, like I mentioned above, is the fact the art inside does not live up to the standard of the cover and the future story portion may or may not actually take place in the "main" Marvel universe. The use of Roxxon as the villains for the comic is interesting and I hope to se Thor face more corporate type adversaries. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geeked Out Nation - Rob Thomas Feb 15, 2014

    Thor: God of Thunder #19 serves as a fairly good jumping-on for new readers. It builds off of most of what Jason Aaron has penned for the series to date, but at no point is it required reading (though I would still recommend issue 12, if you can find it). And while the time-split narrative is territory Aaron has already tread before, we'll have to wait an issue or two to see how the parallel stories play out before rendering judgment on it. As it stands, "The Last Days of Midgard" #1 looks to be a solid start to a new chapter. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Feb 16, 2014

    This opening chapter sets the stage for an compelling new villain for Thor with the Roxxon Energy Corporation and its leader Dario Agger, who is set up similar to Superman's Lex Luthor. Jason Aaron is about to show us how a god with a hammer will fight a giant, and somewhat evil, corporation. It's a new type of villain for Thor, potentially grounding him on Earth for a while. Within this issue we also get to see a bit more of Thor's new romantic interest Roz Solomon, who happens to also share similarities to the strong willed and temperamental Lois Lane, as well as an appearance by the Thor of the future. It looks as though Aaron will be traveling back and forth from the present to the future within this story, something he's done so well with previous volumes of this book. It feels good to have this creative duo back on this title and I can't wait to read more. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Max Level Geek - Jonathan Semoneit Feb 12, 2014

    This issue in particular isn't the greatest of the run thus far, but this title has been too good to suggest we're worried about this becoming a problem. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Marlene Bonnelly Feb 13, 2014

    This is a title that hooks you in from the start. Aaron's image of a sullen Thor overlooking the mess of planet earth is more than a little depressing, but it makes the flashbacks to happier times much more valuable. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Feb 12, 2014

    Thor: God Of Thunder #19 is a solid beginning, but with a huge uphill climb ahead of it. Let’s hope Jason Aaron gets there, and hopefully with a new artist. Read Full Review

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