Thor #13 Review

by Nick Devonald on March 17, 2021

Writer: Donny Cates
Artist: Nic Klein
Colours: Matt Wilson
Letters: VC’s Joe Sabino

We’ve now reached the penultimate issue in the Prey storyline, and Donny Cates has managed to manoeuvre all the pieces into position for an epic storyline. Thor has always had a big cast of supporting characters and Cates’ is doing a fairly good job of including them all whilst still managing to give them plenty of screen time. It’s clear from his time at Marvel he has several favourite characters who he brings to the table here. Doctor Strange, Bats, and Loki, the relationship between the three of them continues straight on from Cates’ run-on Doctor Strange and fans of that series will love the way the pieces are picked up from there. Then of course there’s Beta Ray Bill, and Lockjaw, both of whom frequently make appearances in Cates’ work.

The opening pages read like epic fantasy. It feels like a classic fable being told, and really serves to pull readers into the story. Characters that readers are familiar with from years of reading comics have grown and are unrecognisable. Events have shaped and changed them in a way that doesn’t read like the typical purgatory of character development that most comic heroes end up in, never changing, always staying the same. It’s refreshing.

With Venom Cates’ has clearly been working towards an endgame from the very first story-arc, each subsequent arc felt like a step closer to his endgame with King in Black. Thor on the other hand feels different, it doesn’t feel like one enormous story. But having seen Cates’ plants seeds in the past, before giving them plenty of time to grow, it’ll be interesting to see where this series ends up, as well as learning how the events of Prey shape his final endgame.

Nic Kleins art has been consistently fantastic throughout this run of Thor, and each issue manages to continue that trend. Rather than getting used to it as the run progresses there is always something gorgeous to really marvel at, and as the pieces all come together for an epic showdown the art is equally as epic. And then the final piece of the puzzle is Matt Wilson’s colours. The thunder always looks suitably blinding, the Hell dimension that Thor’s friends have ended up is gloomy and forbidding, so much style and atmosphere is conveyed in every page.

The Prey storyline is heating up for an epic final battle in the next issue. Cates’ clear love for the character comes across in every page, and the stakes have never been higher. The art team of Klein and Wilson is second to none and each page is stunning. Epic writing, blockbuster action, gorgeous pages, there’s nothing to not love.

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