COMICS: THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #25 Assembles Epic Artist Lineup For God-Sized Issue

On a bellow of thunder and the crack of lightning comes the Thunder God, one last time! Here is first look at Thor: God of Thunder #25, the oversized final issue from writer Jason Aaron as he assembles a bevy of the industry’s greatest artists for a titanic tale that should not be missed...

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By Josh Wilding - 8/23/2014
Witness new stories of the Thor from each era as well as the untold origin of one of the God of Thunder’s greatest foes! Plus, before THOR #1 hits in October, be there when the new Thor makes her thunderous first appearance inside this epic, oversized issue!

First, it’s Young Thor vs. the Frost Giants as Jason Aaron and artist Simon Bisley (2000 AD) tell you a tale the brash, youthful God of Thunder as he wields his enchanted battle axe Jarnbjorn against the worst Jotunheim has to offer! Then, Aaron reteams with his artistic collaborator from Scalped, R.M. Guera, to bring you the blood-soaked origins of one of the God of Thunder’s most maniacal villains – Malekith the Accursed! Witness the untold origin of the ruler of the Dark Elves as he cuts a bloody swath across the Ten Realms in his rise to power and prominence!

Finally, as the Thor of today deals with the startling fallout of Original Sin, fast forward to the future as Aaron and blockbuster Thor: God of Thunder artist Esad Ribic bring you a new tale of King Thor and the Girls of Thunder. Deep in the halls of Asgard, Thor’s granddaughters have uncovered a startling secret chapter of Thor’s past. A secret long since buried. Who is the new God of Thunder and why was her existence kept secret?

Be there when one chapter in the God of Thunder’s life reaches its end…and another begins. No fan can afford to miss out on the epic, oversized THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #25 when it thunders its way into comic shops and onto digital devices this September!










 
THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #25
Written by JASON AARON
Art by ESAD RIBIC, SIMON BISLEY and RM GUERA
Cover by ESAD RIBIC
Variant Covers by MILO MANARA, SIMON BISLEY, RM GUERA
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wallhead - 8/23/2014, 5:25 AM
badass
NickGarof - 8/23/2014, 5:27 AM
Best Marvel NOW! solo thus far......Aaron is a monster with the pen.
MightyZeus - 8/23/2014, 5:31 AM
The artwork looks alright.
0megaDaGod - 8/23/2014, 5:32 AM
These Thor covers (minus Malekith) need to be what the third Thor film looks like
AstonishingArachnid - 8/23/2014, 5:41 AM
The plot of Thor: God of Thunder should be saved for a possible 4th film I think.
marvel72 - 8/23/2014, 5:41 AM
Simon Bisley now there is a name i haven't heard in a longtime.i own a signed copy of Judgement on Gotham Batman vs Judge Dredd by Alan Grant,John Wagner & Simon Bisley.

Three signatures,must be worth something.

Esad Ribic is currently my favorite artist,he can do no wrong in my eyes.
BlacktinAmerica - 8/23/2014, 5:41 AM
@NickGarof Captain Marvel and Nova have been pretty good.
GoldSlayer1 - 8/23/2014, 5:51 AM
Wasn't he supposed to be a woman now?
and why does his hair look almost like a super saiyan in some of the pics?
ekrolo2 - 8/23/2014, 5:57 AM
@GoldSlayer1

Most of the panels here show Thor in his early days during the Viking conquests, plus hes not getting a sex change into a woman, some one else is taking up Mjolnir instead of him.
Gmoney84 - 8/23/2014, 6:08 AM
Ribic is the man.
GoldSlayer1 - 8/23/2014, 6:11 AM
@Ekrolo2
So Thor is a title bestowed on someone who wields Mjolnir now?
Demiurge - 8/23/2014, 6:13 AM
Best Marvel solo right now. Most Marvel books are OK at best, but there's a few that stand out : THOR GOD OF THUNDER, DAREDEVIL, HAWKEYE.

THOU MUST READ THOR
SpectacularJoShFest - 8/23/2014, 6:21 AM
I love how they mixed all three Thors into one in this image.

CherryBomb - 8/23/2014, 6:26 AM
The Thor films looked so crisp and clean cut.
They should be gritty and aggressive just like those covers!
thunderforce - 8/23/2014, 6:29 AM
Could this new Thor be his daughter come to stand in for him for a while ?
Ramiel - 8/23/2014, 6:42 AM
CherryBomb - 8/23/2014, 6:26 AM
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The Thor films looked so crisp and clean cut.
They should be gritty and aggressive just like those covers!
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The MCU don't know what to do with Thor. That's why I am convinced that WB and WETA with either Jackson or del Toro at the helm should do the next Thor film.
NitPicker - 8/23/2014, 6:49 AM
@Ramiel

They damn sure didn't know what to do with Thor. Why the hell would they make him an alien who uses advanced tech? Rubbish.
rabid - 8/23/2014, 6:50 AM
The Marvel U knows exactly what to do with Thor, and the last few years have been more interesting than anything since Simonson's 80s run.

But yeah, the Marvel Cinematic U has no clue. They still think they're telling a love story. Jane Foster really needs to bite the bullet. She makes Thor look like a weakling.
@goldslayer
It's always been that way. It even says it on the side of the hammer. I believe this will mark the third time a woman has taken up the hammer and power of thor.
rabid - 8/23/2014, 6:51 AM
@Nitpicker
um, because he is an alien with advanced tech.
Doopie - 8/23/2014, 6:52 AM
incredible stuff
Demongod20 - 8/23/2014, 6:57 AM
@ NitPicker

Because its like that in the comics. The only difference is that in the comics they use advanced tech and magic. They are also both gods and technically aliens. The problem with the MCU is that they are downplaying the magic and god part.
NickGarof - 8/23/2014, 6:58 AM
@BlacktinAmerica I agree 100% those have both been solid.....as have Ms. Marvel, Ghost Rider, Hawkeye, Daredevil, She-Hulk, Moon Knight, and Iron Fist......solos are so much better than team books right now.
NitPicker - 8/23/2014, 7:07 AM
@rabid

But its like they are trying to downplay the fact that they are gods. How many times has one of the characters said "But we aren't gods." or something like that? Bullshit.

Also, they don't use advanced technology. They use magic. Thor is fantasy/mythology, not science fiction.
Demiurge - 8/23/2014, 7:13 AM
@NickGarof

Agree. Solos usually are better than team-up books. Less shenanigans.
dethpillow - 8/23/2014, 7:15 AM
wow great stuff.
love Jason Aaron. I'm actually looking forward to what he's got in mind for the unworthy story line. It was really sad seeing Thor on the moon, trying fruitlessly to lift Mjolnir after Fury laid that dirt on him. haha, like really sad.

@GoldSlayer1 - no. it's not a title bestowed on anyone holding Mjolnir. not as simple as that,that.

In fact, I bet nothing in the world is as stupid as you imagine it being.

If you really wanna ask a bunch of questions, maybe you should wait til the story actually happens. Doesn't that make sense?

"So what, is Ultron gonna be in the shower the whole Avengers 2, washing his hair? Why do robots even have hair? What do they need it for? Does that mean they eat food too? How do they grow hair if they don't eat food? Do they have stomachs too?"

"So Ant-Man is gonna be 90 years old in this new movie? How does that work? Is Ant-Man immortal now? What kind of magic thing gave him that power? Since when was Ant-Man a magician? Who taught him magic? It doesn't make any sense to me, Ant-Man doesn't know magic, how can be so old?"

NitPicker - 8/23/2014, 7:17 AM
@Demongod20

Yes, that's the problem. They downplay the magic and god parts. I like the Thor movies, but I think they would be much better if they went all in with them.
dethpillow - 8/23/2014, 7:22 AM
@NitPicker - Thor has always had one foot in fantasy, one foot in sci-fi.
that's total Jack Kirby, that's what made Asgard rad. Some scenes of rooms in Odin's castle reminded me of Star Wars. Star Wars also has it's own combination of the two things.

You can't say that everything in Thor is magic. Or that it should be, it just isn't.

But... I can see not liking the balance they've struck. Especially with Dark World, it was too much like science fiction. You have to get it right, but both definitely are a part of Thor. I think. Sometimes it seems like young Thor they will do more of a Viking type setting, and it depends on certain stories and the settings and stuff.

And also MCU doesn't say that Thor is not a god. It doesn't matter what he says to Jane. He's trying to give her an example that she can understand.
Magic is magic. It doesn't matter what you call it. Black Widow can call it whatever she wants. SHIELD can call it whatever they want. There's no actual proof in MCU that Thor is NOT a god.

that said, I wish they'd make it more clear that Asgard is a strange place. and not in our dimension. You should not be able to jump off of Earth and float to Asgard. No matter how long you float, you should never be able to hit Asgard. In the movies now, this is left up in the air. But I agree that it should be more clear. They are just playing it down the middle on all that.

They want me to be happy, they want some other guy to be happy, they want some other guy's mother to be happy. But actually, you cannot float to Asgard. Unless you float through something that changes what dimension you're in.
GenreFan - 8/23/2014, 7:25 AM
If Thor of the future (King Thor) exists, we assume that Thor vein unworthy and the new female character who can wield Mjolnir (because I refuse to call her Thor. Thor is his name. Not the wielder of Mjolnir) is temporary. Were she permanent, King Thor would blink out of existence. Ot at least not have a Mjolnir with which he used to battle Galactus in the future. Not to mention battling Gorr the God Butcher along with Thor the Avenger and Thor the young thunder god. Agh .. these time stream continuum complications are curious things.
dethpillow - 8/23/2014, 7:26 AM
and it's pretty important to the character of Thor and the whole quality of the Nine Realms and life there that Thor is a god and not just an alien.

even simply an interdimensional alien. It's very important. Asgardian gods have a different concept of self becuz they are fundamentally not things that are born, live a life and then die, just randomly.

They are gods becuz the universe is deciding their destiny and they are bound to that. Unlike us. There's prophecies with Asgard. Odin knows, Thor knows, they all know. It's like living life as a character of a novel. Different rules apply, not just in physics, but in how everything works. Weird stuff.
But that's life to them.
Demiurge - 8/23/2014, 7:29 AM
@NitPicker

I'm guessing that Marvel didn't go the God route for the films because they were primarily concerned that the US religious groups might be offended and advise their fellow believers not to go see the movie...
I guess having Thor only be an alien is less controversial.
GenreFan - 8/23/2014, 7:30 AM
I knew I recognized Simon Bisley's work. His Slaine The Horned God book back in the 90s was amazing
dethpillow - 8/23/2014, 7:32 AM
@GenreFan - well what does it mean to be anything permanently?
how do we know that right before the end of time, Thor doesn't become some ultra villain and do awful stuff that we've never even heard of?
Then Thor wouldn't possess Mjolnir permanently either right?
and what if after the end of time, there's forever long where Thor doesn't have Mjolnir again, and more time was spent, at least compared to the eternity that would exist after the end of time, or Thor not being worthy of Mjolnir than all the comic books they could possibly write?

That's why it's really easier to think of things as if the only thing that exists is the present tense. right now. whatever exists now, exists forever. This is actually the most true thing that you could say.

becuz otherwise you start making up imaginary states of existence like the past or the future.

have you ever been in the past?
have you ever been in the future?
no. we have no idea what that would even mean to exist in those imaginary places.

so where is the problem with it not being permanent come in? permanent is an imaginary thing.
dethpillow - 8/23/2014, 7:35 AM
@Demiurge - wait, in the MCU is not having Thor as "only being an alien".

tell me where you get that idea from.
UltronMk7 - 8/23/2014, 7:42 AM
In the Dark World Odin says to Loki that tgey are not Gods. They are born, they live and they die. I was surprised to hear that said in the film. I thought they would leave that line between alien/God more blurred.
NitPicker - 8/23/2014, 7:44 AM
@dethpillow

Maybe there is some sci-fi here and there in Thor, but at its heart it is fantasy. All of that stuff with Mjlinor is magic. It's kind of like King Arthur and Excalibur. Only those who are worthy can wield it. There isn't anything scientific about that. That's all magic.

And they kinda did say that Thor isn't a god. In Thor: The Dark World Odin and Loki were having a conversation about something (I don't remember what) and Odin yelled at Loki saying "But we're not gods!!". Pretty much those exact words.

I remember having a conversation on this site about Asgard and the other realms. People kept insisting that Asgard is a part of our universe but it's just really far away. I kept trying to explain that you can't get into a space ship and take a trip to Asgard. You have to go through some type of portal. The seem to be downplaying that in the MCU also.
NitPicker - 8/23/2014, 7:50 AM
@Demiurge

I think that's exactly right. I remember having a conversation about that also. I kept telling people that Marvel downplayed the god aspect of Thor because they didn't want to piss Christians off.
dethpillow - 8/23/2014, 8:22 AM
@ Nitpicker - ok, that line didn't stick out to me. but that actually does sound like something that Odin shouldn't say.

that's something Thor could say. or that Loki could say. or even Thor's mom could say. they would each have their own reasoning for saying that and it would make perfect sense.

but Odin should never say 'we are not gods!'. or it would have to be in some specific context, but i mean like pretty specific to the conversation. I'm gonna have to see it again now. it would have to be in the context of purely Asgardians personally interacting with each other. like when it comes to things betwen family members or whatever. something like that.
but actually, already I feel like you're right. i think i kinda remember something like that, unfortunately.

maybe i purposefully chose not to remember that or something. haha. cuz I've always thought at the worst they had just kept it unsaid. could be this way, could be that way.

so that answers what i asked Demiurge.

even without that, tho, i already agree that they really didn't do a good job of presenting how weird Asgard should be. physics should be different there. like just physical perception of time even. and just things like how everything works. things don't happen by accident in Asgard. on Midgard, we feel like that sometimes, but it's not the same thing.
things are different and mean a lot in a weird way.

and i don't think the comics specifically ever made this point exactly, but it's definitely more felt in them. and I think it's a genuine subtext that can honestly be said to exist in Thor comics. not necessary to be conscious of it, but it's there.

and totally, the getting to Asgard in a spaceship is one of my major problems.
cuz Asgard is not some rock in space. haha. it's not floating around out there in our reality. that would make it sooooo dumb. that's why I'm touchy about it, and that's why people who try to backhandedly (and i don't mean anyone in this conversation, but I've seen it happen a lot), but to backhandedly belittle and undermine how great Thor is.

even the comics sometimes give the wrong impression, but when you look at Hel, nobody has any misunderstandings. even tho some realms exist within the physical space of other realms it seems like. this has never bugged me but it's something i could see confusing things for some people.

and I think it's also really important in understand why Midgard is so important to some of these creatures. there is potential in Midgard that does not exist in their own dimensions, or realms or whatever. rules of reality are different.
Demiurge - 8/23/2014, 8:25 AM
My problem with the Thor movies isn't that Thor and co. aren't gods. Some things just work better on paper than onscreen.
My main gripe is that the movies so far haven't captured the epicness of the storylines. I mean, in The Dark World Thor comes face to face with perhaps the deadliest and most sinister race in the Dark Elves, and you expect to feel the danger, the bloodlust, especially with Malekith involved. But all you get is a torrent of jokes from Darcy. Malekith is this sorcerer who craves murder and mayhem, and the dude can't even handle Rene Russo. WTF.

And Thor's fighting isn't choreographed well. Dude is a powerhouse fighter who uses more than his hammer to bring down trolls, elves and minotaurs. They definitely have to be more creative in showing his abilities, and above all THEY HAVE TO GIVE HIM OPPONENTS WHO CAN REALLY CHALLENGE HIM PHYSICALLY !!!
GoldSlayer1 - 8/23/2014, 8:27 AM
@dethpillow
I was kind of being sarcastic when i asked if Thor was a Title.
Clearly "Thor" is NOT a title.

Its also not a stupid question, seeing how i have one person saying yes, its a title, and another saying no.

Beta Ray Bill wielded Mjolnir, but he's not called Thor or Horse Thor, he's called Beta Ray Bill.

So the fact that Marvel would change this now by having a woman wield Mjlonir be called Thor as if its a title, is very cheap on Marvel's part.
Demiurge - 8/23/2014, 8:38 AM
@GoldSlayer1

LOL Horse Thor ! :D
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