We here at Crave Online have not been kind to Jason Aaron in the wake of X-Men: Schism, his frustrating Wolverine run, his lamentable take on The Incredible Hulk and the dump he just took on Colossus in Avengers vs. X-Men. If we strip away the vitriol we sometimes use for entertainment purposes (not to be confused with entertainment porpoises, which are a whole different thing), the gist seems to be that he's a writer with interesting ideas and sometimes compelling set-ups which unfortunately tend to falter with questionable execution. In the interest of fairness, however, and in the spirit of the whole Marvel NOW creative-team shuffling event, we should give him a fair shake as he takes on the Odinson with artist Esad Ribic.
Marvel.com interviewed Aaron about his upcoming take on Thor: God of Thunder, and here are some of his thoughts on what he's got planned.
What I'm trying to do with Thor is just focus in on his character, on who he really is, but in as epic a way as possible. Thor, by definition, demands stories of a grand scale, so yeah, this one spans millennia, from the Viking Age to the far flung future. And it takes us all across the Marvel U as well, from Earth to the far corners of space, from all new otherworldly cities of gods to an Asgard like we've never seen before. One of my favorite quotes from one of the original Stan Lee stories was where Odin says, "I am the way and the wrath and the wonder." And I took that line to heart. So I'm looking to inject my run with as much wrath and wonder as possible.
But again, ultimately it's all about Thor, and by showing him in three very different eras of his life—as the young hotheaded god of the Viking Age, as the accomplished and legendary Avenger of the present, and as an aging king of a broken future Asgard—I think we can get a very clear picture of just who Thor really is.
Now we've seen Thor face god killers before, but never one as ferocious and brutal as this. When Thor first encounters this new villain, The God Butcher is basically traveling the universe in secret, quietly murdering immortals one by one. He's basically a serial killer of gods. But that's only the beginning. Since our story spans thousands of years, we see the God Butcher's methods develop and change over the course of eons. Ultimately his plan becomes—well, you'll just have to wait and see.
I love Thor's supporting cast, but for the sake of this first story, we actually won't see them much at all. Again, I wanted to really focus in on Thor in these opening arcs. And since we're dealing with three versions of Thor, he basically becomes his own supporting cast. In general I also like the idea that Thor's adventures don't have one core supporting cast or one solitary setting. I think Thor's adventures should take him everywhere and bring him into contact with all manner of other beings. Going back to the original Lee/Kirby issues again, I like how they would spend a couple of arcs on Earth and then a couple arcs in Asgard. They were always going back and forth like that. I want to have a similar structure, where from arc to arc, Thor's adventures could take place literally anywhere in the Marvel Universe. Of course there will be some recurring supporting characters along the way, but I want them to be a mix of new characters and old, of gods and mortals, of earthlings and aliens.
If that all sounds good to you, by all means, check it out this November. Who are we to tell you what to like? We're just telling you what WE don't like, and if you agree, then hey, welcome to the club.
Ribic, however, is a talent, no question, and his epic scope and tone seems to be a perfect fit for Thor: God of Thunder. Just check out the cover below.