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Comic Review: Thor: The Last Days Of Midgard Part 5

Stew Shearer | 26 Jun 2014 20:00
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It's a genuine tour de force of action-based storytelling that manages to be thrilling, touching, and beautifully drawn.

Thor: God of Thunder 23 is an excellent comic. That's not at all surprising to me because the series has pretty much fallen on the over-the-top awesome side since its first issue. In many ways, in fact, it's almost reminded me of the Marvel film's take on the Thor. Granted, there's no orcs with rocket launchers or elves fighting Norse gods with black hole grenades and laser cannons. Even so, writer Jason Aaron has demonstrated a definite willingness to the Thor and his world and take them to the grandest, most epic heights possible.

Case in point, the series most recent storyline, The Last Days of Midgard, has been a tour de force of action-based storytelling following dual Thors (present and future) into blatantly complimentary battles to save the Earth. For the younger Thor, it's a fight against the greedy corporation Roxxon which seems bent on doing everything it can to supplant Captain Planet's rogues gallery as the pollutinist baddie on the block. For the aging future Thor however, this has meant an all-out one on one brawl with Galactus who has returned to an environmentally wasted Earth to finally claim it as a meal.

Issue 23 closes out this story and does so in a manner that's almost as perfect as I'd been hoping it would be. Picking up right where it issue 22 left off, Old Thor's granddaughters are readying for a final stand against Galactus when the thunder god returns after leaving to retrieve "the black weapon of Gor the God Butcher," which he uses to become "Necro-Thor" in a desperate bid to finish Galactus off.

The book's handling of this is something I'll admit I didn't like that much. Don't get me wrong, when I first saw what Old Thor was doing I was really excited. Gor the God Butcher was a fantastic villain in the previous God Butcher and God Bomb storylines, and anyone who had read those arcs would know immediately just how desperate the aging thunder god would have to be to wield a weapon that, not too long ago, was nearly the instrument of Asgard's destruction.

Even if this was your first foray into God of Thunder however, it's made very clear in issue 23 itself that Old Thor using this is a big deal. His granddaughters make a big point of begging him not to use it and Galactus warns him that wielding it will "take a price." Unfortunately, it's something that the book never really explores any further. Granted, it could be saving those details for issue 24, which will serve as an epilogue to The Last Days of Midgard, but I definitely would have appreciated at least a hint of the consequences in 23, which glosses them over almost entirely.

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