The GeeksverseChaos War: Thor #1

Chaos War: Thor #1
Published on Saturday, November 20, 2010 by

Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: J.M. Dematteis
Penciled by: Brian Ching
Inked by: Rick Ketchum
Colored by: Rob Schwager
Lettered by: Simon Bowland
Asst. Editor: Jordan D. White
Editor: Mark Paniccia
Cover: Tommy Lee Edwards

I don’t understand the reason for this issue’s existence. It makes no sense in the grand scheme of the Chaos War. When does it take place? After #2 humanity was put into a dreamless sleep, yet some weren’t? That wasn’t mentioned in the main Chaos War story. So how was the woman in this story not asleep? After #3, it seems the Chaos King has absorbed everything, yet here Thor is fighting a servant that is just being introduced in this issue?

Where and how? When does this occur? Between #3 and #4 of Chaos War? It comes out between them, so is that when it takes place? Thor is on the front lines. He’s part of the new God Squad. So how is it that he can break off and fight this other god-being, Glory, and “die” and have this side adventure?

The issue itself is nothing special. It’s told from the point of view of Becca, a widow that lives by herself in the mountains of North Carolina and finds a mysterious man naked in the woods. This is supposed to be what happens to Thor after Glory “kills” him. There’s no mention of the man being Donald Blake, the man has no memories.

The story seems to be more about Becca and her coming to terms with her grief, over the needless and pointless deaths of her husband and young daughter, then it does about Thor and a fight during the Chaos War.

That’s a big negative as this has nothing to do with the Chaos War and isn’t even a direct tie-in. This could have easily been another Thor story without the trappings of the Chaos War. Change a couple of mentions, take out everything about the Chaos War, and it’s the same story: Thor fights a cosmic being and what happens after.

The issues saving grace is the art. Brian Ching’s work is excellant. He draws it all very well. From the huge cosmic battles to the more tender moments of Becca expressing her grief. Even the normal stuff of doing household chores is rendered well by Ching.

Why has no one tapped him for a monthly? I can think of a half dozen books I would want him to replace the current artist on, just off the top of my head.

Chaos War: Thor #1 receives
2 out of 5

Without the good art, this issue would have been a total waste.

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