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King Thor #4: Review

Dec 2019
Jason Aaron, Esad Ribic

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Conclusion: What is the Spirit of Thunder?

Review & Comments

4.5 stars

King Thor #4 Review by (December 18, 2019)

Review: And that’s it: Jason Aaron goes out with a bang, leaving a world full of stories, some obscure philosophizing, and myriad incarnations of the hero, and a startlingly positive view of religion (who would have thunk it?). From the dark and dreary God Butcher tale through the sparkling Jane Thor period, Jason Aaron has left his mark on the series and nothing I can say will detract one whit from it.

Comments: Issue includes an essay by Jason Aaron looking back on his Thor run and his love for the character. Guest art teams: Gabriel Hernandez Walta and Chris O’Halloran, Andrea Sorrentino and Dave Stewart, Chris Burnham and Nathan Fairbairn, Nick Pitarra and Michael Garland, Aaron Kuder and Laura Martin, Olivier Coipel and Laura Martin, Russell Dauterman and Matthew Wilson, Mike Del Mundo.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

King Thor #4 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

King Thor faces his final enemy, Gorr who has created the All-Black, the Necroverse; Thor hurls himself at the black hole that is Gorr but he is hurled back. Loki, eyeless and with one arm attacks Gorr with Odin’s sword; he is seized but he tells Gorr all he needs is a word. Meanwhile, as Thor drifts in space he sees his entire life as a failed attempt to be worthy but Loki has been telling Gorr the story of every life Thor has ever saved and both Thor and Gorr end up drifting in space, while Loki heads into the heart of the sun with one last story to tell….

In Omnipotence City in the present day, the Lord Librarian scolds Shadrak for knocking a number of books off the shelf. They are the Thor section of the Library, telling the stories of Thor, past present and future. Shadrak flips though the volumes and sees the myriad tales of Thor: as an officer of the Universal God Police, as a sentient Thunder World companion of Daimon Hellstrom, as an amnesiac ape-man and lover of a blue giantess, as a number of other heroes and avengers. Other stories of the present day show Balder as the King of the Norns, Jane Foster as Valkyrie, Sif as the Guardian of Bifrost, and Thor as the All-Father in Asgard. Long may he reign. And Shadrak decides to continue reading the adventures of Thor another day as there will always be more Thor stories….

In the far future, the Gods of Indegarr are caring for the now-mind-broken Gorr. Thor and the Goddesses of Thunder are living on Midgard but Thor is melancholy: Loki sacrificed himself to reignite the sun but entropy is spreading so Thor leaves Mjolnir to his granddaughters and says goodbye, sailing off on his ship to face the dark with the Spirit of Thunder. And on Midgard, a father tells his sons of the glory of Thor….  

Esad Ribic
Esad Ribic
Ive Svorcina
Esad Ribic (Cover Penciler)
Esad Ribic (Cover Inker)
Esad Ribic (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Joe Sabino.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Balder the Brave)

(Loki Laufeyson)
Son of Satan
Son of Satan

(Daimon Hellstrom)


(Jane Foster)

Plus: Goddesses of Thunder, Gorr the God Butcher (Gorr), Shadrak.

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