One Last Butchering: King Thor #2 Reviewed

by Josh Davison

Gorr, the God-Butcher, has been ripped back from the roiling darkness of All-Black the Necrosword, summoned by Loki, Butcher of Truths, as one last curse spoken at his brother, All-Father Thor. Regardless, Gorr seeks to complete his mission of killing all gods. Loki is all too ready to accept his fate, but Thor will not allow Gorr to blot out the few lights remaining in creation. Thor battles Gorr across the dying stars of the dessicated universe while the mortals of Midgard pray once more to the brothers Loki and Thor. Loki wishes they would stop, but they give him the last bit of life needed to decide how he wants to end this existence.

King Thor #2 cover by Esad Ribic
King Thor #2 cover by Esad Ribic

King Thor #2 takes us back once more to the beginning of Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic’s run on Thor. King Thor battles once more against Gorr, the God-Butcher, at the end of all things. 

It’s another epic battle between these two titanic forces. The difference now is that there is only one Thor to stand against Gorr, but he still may not be alone. Loki’s heart is an ever-changing thing, and the Girls of Thunder still ride the star-sharks in the depths of space.

Jason Aaron’s narrative language once again impresses with its creative and poetic means of describing the events for the reader. It harkens back to the works of Jack Kirby and Jim Starlin and their ability to linguistically bolster the images on the page.

King Thor #2 art by Esad Ribic, Ive Svorcina, and letterer VC's Joe Sabino
King Thor #2 art by Esad Ribic, Ive Svorcina, and letterer VC’s Joe Sabino

Esad Ribic, of course, blew me away with his darkly beautiful and one-of-a-kind artwork. The battle is brilliant in its visual construction, and the looks of anguish and rage upon the visages of Thor, Loki, and Gorr drive the entire aesthetic home incredibly well. Ive Svorcina’s color work is cold and gripping in its depiction of this dying reality.

King Thor #2 continues this epic tale of dying gods in a dying universe with brilliant visual work and a gorgeous use of language to tell the tale. Thor and Loki battle one last time on whether Gorr is to be fought or succumbed to. It’s a fantastic issue and one that greatly deserves a recommendation. Give it a read.

King Thor #2 comes to us from writer Jason Aaron, artist and cover artist Esad Ribic, color artist Ive Svorcina, and letterer VC’s Joe Sabino.

Final Score: 9/10

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