Evil Geek Book Report – Thor God of Thunder # 6
In an era of comics where heroes often fight each other, it’s nice to see the introduction of some new villains. It’s remarkable how five issues could have established a significant rivalry, which feels as old as any feud you can remember in the Marvel universe. The storytelling and the art, make Thor: God of Thunder, stand out as one of the best books Marvel currently has to offer. The latest issue of Thor gives a look into the origin of Gorr the God killer. For the past five issues, we’ve been introduced to this brand new villain, and it’s been a pleasure getting to know how sick, twisted and powerful he is. But the real question is what fuels his immense hatred for all gods? Those answers and more are coming.
WARNING!!! SPOILERS!!! WARNING!!!
As a young boy Gorr grew up on a planet with no name, whose sun never set, leaving the entire planet constantly drenched in sunlight. Life for his tribe was nomadic, very difficult to find enough food or any sustainable resources. As a small child he was taught by his mother, to worship and pray to the Sun God, and he would bless his followers. Regrettably, Gorr never witnessed any blessings, only devastating tragedies. Still relatively young, he and his mother were attacked by wild beasts. In an effort to save her son, his mother threw herself in front of the animals, giving her son enough time to escape. Gorr watched his mother get torn to pieces. The Sun God would not come to her rescue on that day.
As an adult, Gorr found love and found himself a wife and had children. Life was still hard for Gorr, having to provide food for his pregnant wife and family, while living in a desolate wasteland. Although he was frustrated over their situation, he was reminded by his wife to have faith in the Sun God and he would provide. It’s the same message he was told time and again by his mother. One day while they traveled through the desert in search of food, a terrible earthquake struck, dividing the land beneath their feet and Gorr’s pregnant wife fell to her death. Not to long after that, Gorr’s son and last child Agar, dies in his arms, dehydrated and starving. Devastated and filled with rage, Gorr lost faith in the Sun God and began to question religion all together. Questioning the gods while still a member of a polytheistic and primitive group, led to his eventual stoning and exile.
Gorr was now truly alone and his only wish was to find and end to his tragic life. Suddenly, from the heavens above, a great fireball crashes in the distance. As he gazed into the crevasse, created by the impact, he was shocked to see two gods, one dead and the other dying, each with a spear driven through their bodies. One god was a black demon, and the other was the sun god he had learned of since he was a child. The weak and dying Sun God called out to Gorr for help. His disbelief and shocking realization that gods existed at all, turned into bitter rage. Images of his mother, children, and wife dying right in front of him, fueled his rage. He thought to himself, that all of these tragic events could have been prevented by the Sun God, had he cared enough to answer the prayers of his followers. Gorr then picks up a jagged black rock that had fallen out of the body of the dead god in black, and smashed it repeatedly over the head of the sun god. On that day, Gorr killed his first god and become the god killer.
Interestingly, the rock that he used to kill the sun god dissolved and bonded with his body in a symbiotic like manner, similar to Venom. He then becomes enveloped in a black suit of armor, courtesy of his new power and takes to the sky, wondering how many other gods there are. There are a lot more gods to kill and he’s just getting started.
The final pages of this issue are set in the future. Gorr is whipping a very thin Volstagg, who’s been his slave for 500 years. That would explain the weight loss. The torture would have no doubt continued, had Volstagg not insulted Gorr by calling him a god. Gorr, not saying a word, grabs a hammer to drive a nail through his hands onto a wooden post, crucifiying the bloody Asgardian. The final panel is awesome, as we behold a sight of dozens of crucified gods in the distance behind Volstagg. Before the issue ends, we catch a glimpse of Gorr’s son Agar. Perhaps, he’s time traveled again and saved the son he once lost? Agar wants to know when all the bad gods will be gone. His father reassures him that it will be soon.
What’s really interesting to me is the origin of his power. The ability he gains from bonding with the black rock explains why he is able to make weapons out of one hand, and demon constructs later on when he battles Thor in the present and future. I wonder if the rock is from the same place that the symbiote in Spider-Man is from. Hopefully we find out at some point.
That’s all for now Nerds!
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