(W) Jason Aaron (A) Mahmud A. Asrar (CA) Esad Ribic Parental Advisory In Shops: Nov 20, 2019 SRP: $3.99
BY CROM – THE BARBARIAN VS. HIS GOD!
• As Conan shuffles off this mortal coil, he stands face to face with his God, CROM! • But Crom does not care for the fate of some weak mortal… • Unless Conan MAKES him! • CONAN IS DEAD! LONG LIVE CONAN! • Plus: the penultimate chapter in the all-new novella “BLACK STARLIGHT”!
(W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Esad Ribic Rated T+ In Shops: Nov 20, 2019 SRP: $3.99
THE RETURN OF THE GOD BUTCHER!
All-Father Thor believed the fight with his brother Loki – now empowered by the Necrosword and more bitter than ever – would be the bloodiest fight of his long life. But he’s about to be proven wrong. Gorr the God Butcher has bided his time for millennia. Now, it is the end of all things. And the end of the last of the gods.
(W) Jason Aaron (A) Mahmud A. Asrar (CA) Esad Ribic
In Shops: Oct 30, 2019
THE STORY YOU NEVER THOUGHT YOU’D SEE – THE DEATH OF CONAN!
• It’s all been leading to this! • The thief, the reaver, the slayer – CONAN meets his ultimate fate at the hands of the CRIMSON WITCH! • But what lies beyond? • And find out the secret history of the Crimson Witch and her mysterious underlings! • Plus: The next chapter in the all-new novella “BLACK STARLIGHT”!
Thor and Loki’s battle against the God Butcher Gorr continues. King Thor #2 is poetic at moments and at times visually captivating.
Writer Jason Aaron continues his final Thor story as years of setup finally begins to pay off. Gorr is back and in this issue, we find out how and why.
Within the action, Aaron focuses on the relationship between Loki and Thor in what plays out as a tragic dance. Despite the rather twisted nature of it all, it still comes off as sympathetic and to the point you feel for Loki in some ways. There’s a sense of twisted brotherly love and rivalry that is full of emotion.
What Aaron also masterfully does is give us a villain whose viewpoint makes sense in a way. Gorr has a sense of Lucifer about him wanting to free beings from the shackles of gods. It’s an interesting perspective that in some ways is correct and anti-authoritarian and represents a twisted sense of liberty. That angle provides a deeper twist to Aaron’s epic that’s worthy of exploration.
The art by Esad Ribić is amazing as expected. Joined by Ive Svorcina on color and lettering by Joe Sabino, there’s panels that are jaw-dropping. The coloring especially stands out in scenes where the lighting is used to its potential as the dance of battle plays out at a cosmic level. King Thor #2 is a treat to read but visually it’s breathtaking.
The team is knocking it out of the park with a series that is just amazing in every way. Years in the making, the story is coming together in a way that makes it worth the wait.
Story: Jason Aaron Art: Esad Ribić Color: Ive Svorcina Letterer: Joe Sabino Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy
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(W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Esad Ribic Rated T+ In Shops: Oct 23, 2019 SRP: $3.99
IT’S THE BATTLE FORETOLD FOR CENTURIES:
THOR VS. LOKI IN THE FINAL FIGHT OF THE MILLENNIA!
The universe is dying, and All-Father Thor is its only hope. But to save all life, the greatest god in history must defeat the one person who has always managed to escape his wrath – and that was before he got his hands on the weapon that almost killed three generations of Thor and stripped the God of Thunder of his legendary hammer. Loki, God of Lies, wielder of All-Black the Necrosword, finally faces his brother at the end of all time!
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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”!