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Jason Aaron and Esad Ribić again team up to wrap up their tale of Thor that began seven years ago. King Thor #1 wraps the epic tale that began in Thor: God of Thunder. The results are both good and bad due to that.
Taking place in the future, King Thor #1 focuses on Thor, the All-Father of a broken realm and dying universe. The Necrosword has returned and is now in the hands of his brother Loki who’s intent on killing him and the rest of existence. Thor’s daughters are on a mission to stop all of this and prevent the end of existence.
It’s a story that feels like years in the making and the first issue’s ending brings the circle around in so many ways. That’s a big payoff for those who have been reading but also a difficult hurdle for those who haven’t. King Thor #1 is a great read but the comic’s also not new reader friendly. But, it’s a tale that’s worth going back and catching up on what you’ve missed.
Aaron infuses the first issue with a melancholy feel about it all. There’s a morose and depressing feel about it all as if it’s the finality of one who knows their time is up. And that’s part of the point. This is the tale told by those who celebrate a final stand while drinking but also in remembrance.
The art by Ribić is beautiful as expected. Joined by Ive Svorcina on color and Joe Sabino on lettering, the art captures the mood of the comic and allows us to linger on the experience. There aren’t close of panels of shock moments. Instead, we take in all of what we witness as if the audience in a play whose final act we’re witnessing.
King Thor #1 is a comic I can recommend for those who’ve been following this story from the beginning. For new readers, the issue might be a bit over your head, especially the end. If you want to take part, you’ll need to do some research along the way. The issue feels like the beginning of the end. One last chapter to add to the book that began seven years ago.
Story: Jason Aaron Art: Esad Ribić Color: Ive Svorcina Letterer: Joe Sabino Story: 8.65 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.65 Recommendation: Buy
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(W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Esad Ribic Rated T+ In Shops: Sep 11, 2019 SRP: $3.99
SUPERSTARS JASON AARON & ESAD RIBIC CONCLUDE THEIR EPIC THOR STORY!
The creators of the legendary THOR: GOD OF THUNDER series that kicked off one of the most epic runs in Marvel history are back together for one last ride with the almighty Lord of Asgard! Seven years ago, Jason and Esad introduced the Thor of the far future, All-Father of a broken realm and a dying universe, as he stood in battle against the Butcher of Gods, wielder of All-Black the Necrosword. Now that nefarious blade has returned, in the hands of Thor’s all-time greatest enemy – his brother, Loki – for one final, cataclysmic showdown. Behold the book no comics fan should miss – the celebration of the end of a truly Marvelous era.
(W) Jason Aaron (A) Mahmud A. Asrar (CA) Esad Ribic Parental Advisory In Shops: Sep 04, 2019 SRP: $3.99
THE BEASTS OF CONAN’S PAST REAR THEIR FEARSOME HEADS!
• Gigantic spiders, man-apes, human-faced serpents, godlike aliens…CONAN has faced them all and lived to tell the tale! • But as these creatures from the past return, do they presage a doom yet to come – one Conan is powerless to stop? • Don’t miss this surprising turn on the march to the climax of the epic “LIFE AND DEATH OF CONAN”! • PLUS: The next chapter in the all-new novella “BLACK STARLIGHT”!
(W) Esad Ribic (A/CA) Esad Ribic Parental Advisory In Shops: Aug 14, 2019 SRP: $3.99
MAN VS. NATURE IN THE NEVER-BEFORE-TOLD STORY OF CONAN’S FIRST JOURNEY FROM CIMMERIA!
Long have the stories told of CONAN, who came from the frozen hills of his homeland, Cimmeria, to tread the jeweled thrones of the Earth in the Hyborian Age – but now you will witness the epic tale of the young barbarian’s first journey from home from visionary creator Esad Ribic! Fifteen winters in Cimmeria have toughened the young Conan, but his greatest challenge lies ahead. Braving the elements, without food, without shelter, without weapons, Conan must learn to survive even as nature itself conspires to stop him. The snow freezes his bones. The wolves smell his blood. But if he can reach civilization, will his wounds heal…or will his troubles just begin?
With a majestic scope underscored by the completely visual narrative, don’t miss this truly special moment in Conan’s story and an unprecedented issue in Marvel Comics publication history!
(W) Dan Slott, Jeremy Whitley (A) Sean Izaakse, Will Robson (CA) Esad Ribic Rated T In Shops: Jul 31, 2019 SRP: $4.99
Ben and Alicia are off on their dream honeymoon in a remote tropical paradise…until someone decides to crash it. Or should we say SMASH IT?! Get ready for the biggest HULK VS. THING FIGHT OF THE CENTURY! PLUS: The saga of the Future Foundation by Jeremy Whitley and Wil Robson!
(W) Jason Aaron (A) Gerardo Zaffino (CA) Esad Ribic Parental Advisory In Shops: Jul 31, 2019 SRP: $3.99
THE TWISTED SPELL OF THE WIZARD THOTH-AMON! “The Life & Death of Conan” continues as CONAN returns home to Cimmeria! But things aren’t exactly as he remembers them… Is he that out of touch… or is he falling right into the trap of the wizard THOTH-AMON?! PLUS: The next chapter in the all-new novella “BLACK STARLIGHT”!
Writer: Dan Slott Penciler: Paco Medina Cover Artist: Esad Ribic
LICENSE TO QUANTUM DRIVE!
Franklin and Valeria are growing up fast…but not fast enough to legally operate Fantasti-Cars in NYC! But wouldn’t you know it, the day of their big driving test is at the exact moment the entire Microverse might implode and take our reality with it! Get ready for a cosmic adventure with Marvel’s first family…and two members of New York’s Department of Motor Vehicles. Going to parallel worlds? Easy. Parallel parking? Kinda hard!
Writer: Jason Aaron Penciler: Mahmud Asrar Cover Artist: Esad Ribic
THE MANY LOVES OF CONAN! There have been many loves of Conan’s life beyond ale and battle. But nothing is sacred as the CRIMSON WITCH twists what is truly best in life! PLUS: The next chapter in the all-new CONAN novella “BLACK STARLIGHT”!