Thor: God of Thunder #17 (Marvel)


Rating: 4/5 – Despite the inconsistent art, The Accursed finishes strong.
by ComicSpectrum reviewer Shawn Hoklas.

Thor number seventeen finishes up The Accursed storyline in a big way.  The conclusion of this story finishes stronger than it started with an ending that hints at future story possibilities.  This five part story has had a lot of twists and turns throughout, but none bigger than the one presented here in this finale.  Writer Jason Aaron continues to impress on his run of Thor and is showing no signs of slowing down.

Thor has finally found the traitor amongst this storyline’s newly assembled League of Realms.  It turns out that it’s been Thor the whole time.  Malekith the Accursed, a dark elf who has spent the past five issues trying to unite his people in the most violent way possible had Thor ingest a “bug”, allowing Malekith to constantly stay one step ahead.  Staying ahead has finally led all the parties involved to Asgard and the Congress of Worlds where Malekith shows just how cunning he can be.  It’s in these final pages that the final twist occurs and I honestly didn’t see it coming, but it actually made perfect sense.

Unfortunately Ron Garney didn’t handle all the art and at times, even his own art suffers towards the end. Guest artist Emanuela Lupacchino steps in to assist with the art, while not bad, it does give the book an inconsistent feel to what’s come before.  The last few pages by Garney look really rushed, and feels like a letdown to what should have been him saving the best for last.  It’s too bad he couldn’t finish this series as strong as he started, but the great story still makes up for the decline in visuals.  Overall, this issue and series is still a must read.  Aaron is doing something special on this series, and this concluding part shows that there’s even more exciting things to come.

Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas
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