Thor: God of Thunder, Vol 1: The God Butcher by Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic
I was so delightfully surprised by this book. I picked it up at the library, not knowing anything about it, except thinking that it looked like a fun read even if the cover art was a bit much (seriously, look at those arms 0.o). After a bad day at work I picked it up and within the first couple of pages I was blown away by both the writing and the art. The synergy between the two is flawless, it flows right of the page. The writing is huge and mythic while the artwork is beautifully grotesque. Needless to say I finished it in one evening.
The story features Thor at three stages in his life as he tracks down a being called the God Butcher who is killing the gods. The story, despite it’s huge epic scope and many exciting battles is still heavily character driven. I loved how developed Thor was as a character in each stage of his life, how his perspectives and attitudes have changed overtime. I also loved how the perspective of the villain was brought into it as he gives his side of the argument. because withing this action packed story some big questions are thrown around, the biggest of all being do people need gods and is believing in gods good for people.
The parts set in Viking times were really nicely drawn and they felt extremely real. I only spotted on horned helmet and the horns were very small. I appreciate the more historically accurate aesthetic. It really felt like I had been dragged back in time. Oh and the appearance of the Slavic gods (who don’t turn up in much) was also great.
I will defiantly be reading on with this series.
(Books read in 2014 #64)