Thor: God of Thunder #5

Writer: Jason Aaron Artist: Esad Ribic Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: February 20, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 12
8.7Critic Rating
9.2User Rating

The shocking finale of our opening salvo...! As three Thors from three eras race to stop the God Butcher, the full extent of his vicious scheme takes terrifying shape.

  • 10
    A Comic Book Blog - Geoff Arbuckle Feb 20, 2013

    Together, the art and story of Thor: God of Thunder might just be the most innovative and the very best of the new Marvel NOW! launches. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Feb 23, 2013

    What more is there to say about this comic? It's absolutely brilliant. Aaron is a master at work, weaving together all three timelines into a smooth, flowing tale and delivering a truly fearsome villain in Gorr. Every new issue brings new twists, and the revelation at the end of this one is very exciting. Are we going to see Thor and Old Thor take on a fully entrenched, universe-spanning Gorr? That sounds pretty awesome to me. And when Old Thor calls regular Thor a “beardless whelp”? Priceless. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    IGN - Poet Mase Feb 20, 2013

    I'm happy to say that this week marks the point at which the disparate parts of Thor: God of Thunder come together and justify the build-up in issues 1 through 4. The story of Gorr's motivations and his plan for completing his divine conquest, as told in this installment of the series, brings satisfying closure to what has come before and springboards the narrative into its enticing new direction. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Maxwell Majernik Feb 21, 2013

    While the first page does state '5 of 5,' that title is a tad misleading. The three Thor's may have ended, but this conflict is far from over, which is great news for Thor fans, because this is the best story that has been told in a Thor comic in years. Even if you haven't been paying attention to the series so far, the beginning is almost worth the price of admission alone. A solid ending to a solid arc that will make a great trade paperback down the road. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson Feb 22, 2013

    Thor: God of Thunder #5 is an excellent conclusion to a great opening chapter for a character lost in his own world for far too long. Jason Aaron is bringing a storytelling style and creative direction that gives new life to Thor, making him a more relatable character while simultaneously taking him beyond anything he's encountered before. There are a lot of good series that resulted from the 'Marvel NOW!' creative team switch-ups. Jason Aaron and Thor is turning out to be one of the best. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Michelle White Feb 22, 2013

    Storywise, this definitely isn't the most conclusive issue ever; it feels more like a brief pause to flesh out Gorr's motivations before even bigger stuff happens than anything else. But so far as pauses go, this one's enthralling. Aaron and Ribic have set us up for another ambitious arc, and there's no telling where things will go from here. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Hugo Robberts Lariviere Feb 24, 2013

    Despite a few hiccups in its temporal structure, this issue gives us an amazingly grand tale of divinity with its amazing script and art. This book truly is one of the gems of Marvel Now! and deserves to be read. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    J.DubComics - J.DubComics Feb 24, 2013

    Once again, this series has really impressed me with this issue. I am really looking forward to the next one and finding out more about the big bad guy. After each issue in this series I have felt really satisfied after reading it and this particular issue is no different. You know when you have it in your hands that you are going to get a good read out of it; which is quite a testament to it considering it is only 5 issues in. Lets hope it can keep it up, which I have no doubt that it will do. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Feb 22, 2013

    While "Thor: God of Thunder" #5 appears to turn the tide of battle a bit, putting Gorr on the run, it's quite clear that there is more of Gorr to come. I wouldn't have it any other way. Aaron has birthed an intense new foe for Thor and the grander Marvel Universe while giving Thor's mythology more depth and agility. Having enjoyed five installments of "The God Butcher," I find myself wanting to see more of the handiwork of Gorr, especially in a universe as rich in gods and godly characters as the Marvel Universe. For now, however, I'll simply tick away the days until the next installment of this new classic from Aaron and Ribic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Sara 'Babs' Lima Feb 20, 2013

    This is an interesting issue because it brings Thor from three different points in his existence together to work towards a common goal. The result is this rather interesting story that gives readers a perspective of how the character has evolved over time, and how his manner of fighting has changed. In addition to this we get a closer look at who the God Butcher is and what his motives are, which makes for a rather interesting story. Pretty art and an interesting story makes this a solid issue. I would recommend picking up the previous four to really get a better understanding of what is happening in this story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Aug 5, 2013

    This was a good issue, but it was a little too slow, and when it started to get exciting the issue ended, but with a fully open ending. I would still recommend this issue as it was good, just not quite good enough. Hopefully however this leads into a new, better story, as I'd be disappointed if this type of ending was for nothing. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Following The Nerd - Shane Kildea Mar 29, 2013

    With another tantalising cliffhanger and the blurb for the next issue informing us we are getting an origin for Gorr, it doesn't look like the God butcher's bloodlust is going to be sated anytime soon. Lets hope the creative team can keep it fresh and not have the book meander too much. Read Full Review

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