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Thor: God of Thunder #16 - The Accursed Part Four of Five: I, Thor... Condemn Thee To Die
Death comes to in the mountains of Jotunheim...
...and there is a traitor among Thor's newly formed League of Realms!
As Thor prepares to execute one of his own comrades, Malekith stages his final bloody raid... on Earth.
League of Fools
Thor has been for me one of the best series Marvel has to offer, it's fun, it's gory, and it's everything you'd expect a Thor book to be, it has some rough bumps but in all honesty in the long run, they have been meaningless. The tone is slightly less dark then it was in the first arc, but the writing pattern is basically the same.
I'm loving the fact that Jason Aaron is focusing more on the political side of things, siting where one must and mustn't go in order to avoid War and general violence. Malekith uses this to his advantage and pretty much screws over the league. The constant failure finally makes the group realize that a specific pattern has been constructed. so, the they assumed that there was a traitor among them. This gets pretty serious pretty quickly because one has to remember that these people are from different places, so it's not particularly easy to get along. Thor makes a very questionable and drastic decision, or so it seemed. It's only revealed afterwards that Thor in fact had a grander scheme in mind, which really shows off his skills not only as a leader but as a worrier as well. The members of the group are easily dismissed however, it seems very lazy actually, I actually liked the League of realms, and only one of them remains with Thor after the the quarrel. I get that it's what Thor wanted and planned for but they just recently started growing on me, so I can't help it but it irked me.
Malekith has been a far greater villain that his movie counterpart, it actually amazes me why he wasn't written like this on he big screen. Here, instead of a dull mustache twirling antagonist he is actually pretty energetic and fun, he not only seems to drive Thor mad but also seems to be a great fighter considering his sorcery. Malekith seems to be one step ahead of Thor the whole series, and the reason for this is....well, lets just say that it's not what you might expect, ever. However, while while this scene was well executed, it was, at the same time, actually pretty disturbing. It just seemed so bizarre and weird, and I hope Jason Aaron explains the obvious "That The Hell?!" Moment. Which brings me to my next point, while the dialogue is very well written I feel as if the language is a bit too vulgar and disturbing; I guess it thrown in the mix just for the fun but sometimes Jason Aaron goes a bit to far. I'm not a frequent Thor reader so maybe this is typical for Asgardian/Norse related tales but it personally hindered the enjoyment.
Moreover, the visuals have gone through a vast improvement because the colorist is much more consistent and well suited for Garney's art. I personally enjoyed the flow of the issue and the story telling a lot. It has a much more adventures yet dark aura around it that really makes this arc all the more awesome.
Overall I have to say that I truly have a lot of fun with the series, Jason shows a lot of passion for Thor and it's shown pretty clearly in his writing. The art was amazing, the writing was fun, dark and consistent, and the characterization is just great . If I had to nitpick, I do have one minor gripe. Malekith made a pact with the Frost Giants so I hope we seem more of them because this issue dismissed them quite quickly. Then again, it's not the end of the arc so I'm sure we'll get to see the Giants again, and it in no way makes this installment bad.
Verdict - 3.5 (7/10)
Images Unplugged Rating
Art, Colors & Inking - 4
Layout & Flow - 4
Story - 5
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