It’s only been 8 issues, but I think I can say with confidence that this is my favourite Thor story ever. I just love the scope and scale (they mean the same thing I know, but I like the alliteration) of what Aaron and Ribic are doing here, this is a true epic in an age when that word is used waaay too much, and I admit to doing it myself. This issue focuses mainly on Young Thor, as he deals with being pressed into slavery by Gorr. We see him meet 3 mysterious Goddesses who turn out to be his own granddaughters. I personally thought they might have been young versions of the All-Mother, but this works too, even with the icky incestuous tone of some of the scenes. I also found Young Thor’s conversation with Gorr’s son to be very interesting, as Aaron once again brings up the notion that, in attempting to kill all of the Gods, Gorr has become one himself. I wonder if the end of this arc will involve Gorr committing suicide?
The stuff with Present-Day Thor and King Thor was also great, I love the tone of the narration, all that over the top stuff about Cosmic Winds and the like, that was some cool stuff. And then at the end, we’ve got what we’ve been waiting for, all three Thors on the same time, and they are going to bring the Hammer down. Those last few pages were just pure awesome, you’ve got Esad Ribic on the top of his game, you’ve got Jason Aaron writing some of the most stone-cold bad-ass dialogue of all time, and you’ve got three fucking Thors. Oh yes, verily, this story is going to end well, I can feel it.