Marvel NOW Thor: God of Thunder

Thor God Butcher

The Marvel NOW relaunch of Thor: God of Thunder debuted in October of 2012. Issues 1-5 are collected in volume 1 The God Butcher. The Asgardian god Thor fully embraces his godliness, reveling and battling alongside the peoples of Earth, until he is confronted with a rare and dangerous concern – someone is killing gods.

The God Butcher cuts back and forth between the three ages of Thor (Past, Present, and Future) to tell the complete story of his connection to the God Butcher. For the most part, I can follow the timey-wimeyness of this story very well. There is one section where Past Thor is fighting the God Butcher and Present Day Thor is confronting his God Butcher and every other panel is the next part of the each story. Other than that little headache, the story flowed very well. It’s amusing to see how Thor eventually grows up and basically becomes his father. You see more of this in volume 2, when all three Thors come together to fight against the God Butcher’s reign of terror. The art is incredible (in the same style as the cover) and the story is well worth the read. It also delves into the variety of gods in the universe and even introduces some future gods of Asgard.

Summary after the jump. :::SPOILERS AHEAD::: Continue reading

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The Avengers vol. 1: Avengers World

Avengers World volume 1

Jonathan Hickman – known for epic storylines, as in, he doesn’t write his stories for the trade book, he writes for the omnibus collection – has created a mind-blowing story line in Marvel NOW Avengers: Avengers World.

As someone who doesn’t read a lot of Marvel stories, it’s nice to begin with a fresh look at the universe. This book does not require you to have read the last 50 years of Marvel. The main crew is not introduced in detail (by now we’re all pretty familiar with the iconic characters: Cap, Stark, Thor, and The Hulk) because the story is really much bigger than these characters. It’s about the whole universe. Continue reading