Graphic Novel Review: Thor – God of Thunder: The Accursed

15:20 15 April 2014

Thor, God of Thunder: The Accursed

Thor, God of Thunder: The Accursed

Archant

Thor goes all Lord of the Rings when the Dark Elf Malekith returns...

(Panini Books)

With the rich tapestry of Norse mythology incorporating various breeds of elves and giants, brave warriors, evil sorcerers, grumpy dwarves and powerful dragons, it’s perhaps surprising that so few Thor writers inject their tales with a Tolkienesque flavour.

The era-ending Ragnarok saga depicted in the Thor: Disassembled trade paperback, written by Mike Oeming with art by Andrea DiVito, offered a conclusion of sorts to the saga of the Norse Gods which wore its Lord of the Rings influences proudly on its sleeve.

Flash forwards a decade, and current writer Jason Aaron offers his own take on The Fellowship of the Ring, as Thor brings together a disparate “League of the Realms” to do battle with a resurrected Malekith, most wicked of the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim.

The creation of celebrated Thor writer-artist Walt Simonson, his return here is an obvious tie-in to The Dark World, the latest movie featuring the Thunder God, in which he is portrayed by Ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston, but that’s where the similarities end.

This Malekith is, if anything, even more ruthless and homicidal than his on-screen counterpart, as he begins a relentless slaughter of Dark Elves in order to cement his position as their one true leader.

After refugees from Svartalfheim petition the “All-Mother”, a triumvirate of female deities consisting of Freyja, Gaea and Idunn, they bring together representatives from the Nine Realms to bring down Malekith and end his reign of bloodshed, including Dark Elf sorceress Waziria, Light Elf and gunslinger Ivory Honeyshot, explosive-toting dwarf Screwbeard, the troll Ud, Thor Odinson himself, and the silent giant Oggmunder Dragglevadd Vinnsuvius XVII, known as Oggy for short.

Although at the heart of this tale is the quest to find and defeat Malekith, Aaron makes sure there’s plenty of interplay between the various members of the League, who come to put aside their races’ age-old differences and unite against this common foe. There is also the small matter of a traitor within their ranks who is apparently tipping off their adversary about the group’s every move…

Having hit the ball out of the park with his debut storyline The God Butcher, Aaron proves he’s not a one trick pony by not only delivering on all counts with the epic saga of The Accursed, he also gives us a moving character piece in the one issue story Once Upon A Time in Midgard, which finds the Thunder God visiting various friends and communities across the Earth which mean something to him. A lovely, emotional story which never veers into sentimentality.

Aaron obviously has a long-term game plan for his Thor run, and it’s fascinating to watch him bringing the various elements together for the future. There have been a lot of creative changes at Marvel lately, some more successful than others, but bringing a writer of Jason Aaron’s calibre onto Thor has propelled the title to the very forefront of the publisher’s superhero line, and that is a position truly worthy of a god…

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Royston Crow visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Royston Crow staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Royston Crow account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Yesterday, 16:03
Hertfordshire police and crime commissioner David Lloyd has said a proposed council tax freeze won't affect recruitment.

Herts’ police and crime commissioner has said a proposed freeze in the force’s council tax precept won’t affect a recruitment drive.

Yesterday, 14:02
A survey has found calls to a debt helpline go up across the area.

The number of people in Stevenage and North Herts turning to debt advice services for help has risen by almost 20 per cent in the last year, new figures show.

Yesterday, 09:25
A10 cycling corridor campaigners Rod Taylor, John Meadows, Tina Filby, Erika Bosman and Susan van de Ven.

A county councillor has spoken of her ‘astonishment’ after plans for a £7.2 million cycling ‘super highway’ connecting Royston and Cambridge were put on hold.

Yesterday, 08:32
Jose Hales, district and parish council and Val Barrett, district and parish council

The organiser of a public exhibition revealing a developer’s plans to build just under 200 homes and a 75 bed care home in Melbourn said he’s pleased with the interest generated by the public.

”North

Most read stories

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Royston Crow e-edition today E-edition