Updated: May 28
Thor: God of Thunder Volume 4. Written by Jason Aaron. Art by Esad Ribic.
AKA "The Dream Team".
In recent years, Thor has gone against some truly unstoppable foes. He's fought the unstoppable Gorr the God Butcher and the unhinged Malaketh the Accursed. But nothing he's face yet has prepared him for the battle he faces now:
Dario Agger, CEO of Roxxon Energy Company, and his army of unstoppable Lawyers!
The final volume of Jason Aaron's groundbreaking run begins once more with King Thor, at the ends of Time, lamenting the death of his precious Midgard. God of Thunder he may be, The All-Father of Asgard, too. But there are limits to even his seemingly limitless powers. And now, we have have found them.
From there, we jump to the present day Earth. Where Thor, in an attempt to save his favourite little town of 'Broxton, Oklahoma' (and also maybe impress his new special lady, Agent Roz Solomon a little), has drawn the ire of multi-gazillionaire energy boss and all round genital wart Dario 'The Minotaur' Agger.
But this is a fight that Thor is not prepared for. This isn't a fight that can be won by swinging hammers, and throwing bolts of lightning. And when Thor takes some revenge against Roxxon, Dario's lawyers find a brutal, and totally legal, way to take their revenge.
Thor, his hands tied, must find a new way to win this war. But when an old foe resurfaces, he finds that there are some battles you CAN win, by swinging a hammer.
The second half of this tale takes place at the end of time. Where a somber King Thor wanders the desolate ruins of Midgard, with his ever more impatient Granddaughters, the Goddesses of Thunder.
But it seems that Thor isn't the only one that is interested in the remains of Earth. One of its oldest foes has returned, and he's got a POWERFUL hunger, that can only be sated here.
And when King Thor finds himself fighting desperately to save the world that means so much to him, but still failing, he will take one last desperate gamble. A Gamble which will have consequences even all-seeing Heimdall could never have predicted!
Thor: God of Thunder wraps up its run with a final "God-Sized" Issue, giving us a pair of short stories, to pave the way for everything to come.
The first is an origin story, of sorts. Telling us the tale of a young Dark Elf, who would grow up to become something of a terror:
Yup! First it was Gorr, now Malaketh gets a sad backstory. Difference being, while Gorr's tale gave me a little insight into who he was and almost made his rage against the gods seem justified, Malaketh's story just kinda makes me think Asgard should have wiped out all the Dark Elves centuries ago.
The second tale is a Saga of Viking Thor and how he smote his enemies with his great axe! His enemies, who were attempting to resurrect Laufey, greatest king the Frost Giants have ever had.
If only someone had told Thor that's what they were up to.
Sadly, history lessons are lost of the Goddesses of Thunder, and these tales impress them almost as little as they impressed me. But just when they've all but given up on find something interesting to read, they find a hidden book, a book that details one of the darkest chapters in the Odinson's millennia long life.
A book titled: 'Unworthy'
Why this book is so good:
The final volume of God of Thunder does many, many things right. And one small thing wrong.
First: The modern day story is a lot of fun. We get to spend more time with my favourite SHIELD agent, Roz, and get to see Thor smite some fools. We also get a very important lesson in the many ways that Thor is powerful, and the many ways that his power is lacking.
Seeing Thor level a Roxxon facility is immensely satisfying. Seeing him get slapped with a restraining order shortly after dampens the mood somewhat. Especially when you remember that Thor has had Diplomatic Immunity since Civil War, and technically should be protected by that.
All told, though, Dario Agger is one of my favourite villains in the Thor Mythos. He's the kind of villain that you just LOVE to hate. Always giving grand monologues about how impressed he is with himself. And honestly? It's a little hard to disagree. Seeing the way he manipulates Thor, Roxxon, the law, and the media in order to get what he wants. It's pretty impressive. I'm still really hoping to see Agger in the MCU some time soon; I think he's a villain that would translate very well onto the big screen, and I still hope that Bale will be playing him in the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder.
So, while Thor is able to tease out a somewhat pyrrhic victory against Roxxon in Volume 4, this is FAR from the last we'll be seeing of Agger and Roxxon.
The final volume in God of Thunder may SEEM to include some throwaway tales, simply used to pad out the run time and fill out the final volume, but don't give up on them just yet! As you'll see in the coming months, Aaron has a sneaky habit of using smaller self-contained stories like these, to tease larger reveals, and breadcrumb future plot elements.
Using the Goddesses of Thunder as a framing device, Aaron neatly teases a large amount of the upcoming plots. Laying the ground work for the epic War of the Realms, which will be the capstone to his whole run, and teasing quite possibly the most divisive element of his entire tenure as Thor's chief writer: the Goddess of Thunder, Lady Thor!
But just who is she, behind the mask? Tune in next week, to find out!
If you want to read along with me, you can find every issue of Aaron's Thor Saga on Comixology, Amazon, or better yet, at your local comic store!