Dish Of The Week 1/1/20: Thor #1

Each week I highlight the ultimate Comfort Food Comic release. This is the comic that gets me the most hyped. The comic I’ll remember and revisit the most. The one that gave me that special feeling above all the other releases that new comic book day.

The Dish Of The Week for 1-1-2020 is Thor #1 by Donny Cates, Nic Klein, Matthew Wilson & VC’s Joe Sabino.

Donny Cates does it again! Since he came aboard Marvel the man has approached each book he has written with some insane monumental ideas that immediately hook you into what he is doing. Now his Inhumans was dour at points and I think we’ve all laughed at how much he incorporates his original creation Knull into a lot of his works, but even with all that his books have been some of my favorite. Thor was no different!

Jason Aaron had been writing Thor for seven plus years now. I do think it’s one of Thor’s best runs and he’s done so much for the whole franchise, but I confess there had many points I wanted Malekith to stop constantly having yet another evil plan and to just wrap it all up already. I definitely think the run has some slow points and it went on too long, so I was ready for a new voice to take over the Thor book. So I’ve been cautiously excited for this new era.

One thing a lot of new number 1 relaunches in comics these days do is start off sort of ignoring the previous run to bring in new readers. I’ve never been a big fan of that and I really appreciate that this issue reads exactly like Thor 727, instead of a relaunch. Cates keeps all of the new status quo to start and references the past storylines by Aaron.

Now, I havent yet made my custom bound Comfort Food Comics: Thor bind yet, but you can bet your ass Thor 168-169 will be in there! Thor ends up sitting down with Galactus on a planet as the weary cosmic being recants his origin to Thor. Its pure gold by Stan and Jack. I love these issues so much. They are filled to the brim with insane cosmic comic book magic. I have always been fond of Galactus and Thor interacting because of these issues. As a Thor fan, I skew more towards preferring his solo issues to involve him dealing with all Marvel Cosmic has to offer. That is my jam. That’s what I want.

Thankfully, this issue serves me up a platter of all my favorites! After giving us the state of affairs in Asgard and with Thor in general, Cates casts his line out and hooks me so hard! All of a sudden, Big G comes crashing into Asgard with a resounding KRAKOOOM!

We find out Galactus has been ravaged by the Star Plague. Anxious to find out what that actually is, Thor invites former Heralds of Galactus to Asgard. Now this is where I started losing it with excitement. I love the former Heralds, even Morg. What a treat to see Stardust, a character I feel has so much untapped potential. I was so sad when she was sidelined.

Alpha Ray is also there! The predecessor to our beloved Beta Ray Bill. He and Stardust starred in the fantastic Stormbreaker: The Saga of Beta Ray Bill miniseries from 2005. We also see on the left there Praeter who Galactus made a Herald in Matt Fraction’s Mighty Thor 6 which is also his last appearance in comics. (That Mighty Thor arc is pretty damn bad so dont rush to go read it if you havent). Its just very exciting to see these obscure faves be used again. This is the type of stuff that is comics lifeblood to me.

Then Silver Surfer shows up fresh from his recent star turn in Cates’ excellent miniseries Silver Surfer Black to explain what The Star Plague is. It is The Black Winter, some apocalyptic force that ended the Universe before this one, Galactus’ universe when he was just a man, and it now seeks to destroy Galactus and this one too. Look, thats GENIUS. If you dont like that, you don’t like superhero comics. We then get even more wild when Surfer reveals he has hidden a series of planets from Galactus. If he consumes them he will get a big video game like power-up that will let him stand a chance. Some people may think this is corny. I emphatically DO NOT! This is the shonen-esque power up comic book nonsense that I am here for. Its why I love comics so much. When it’s done right, its a thing of beauty.

So at this point in the comic I am so on board. Thor, Asgard & the Heralds get ready to move out and help Galactus beat back this horror. If you look closely in the panel below, you can probably see me in the back, I am that on board with this plot.

At this point I don’t think the book can get any more exciting or intriguing when Thor confronts Galactus. Boy, was I wrong because……….

….GALACTUS MAKES THOR HIS NEW HERALD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This, this type of stuff right here is why I love superhero comics. Its bombastic and crazy and dumb and brilliant. Its something I’d love if I was 5 years old or 35. That’s what being a Comfort Food Comic is all about. This is the stuff I just eat up. What a start! I can only hope the book continues to delight me like this.

I’d be remiss if I didnt mention how great the artwork by Nic Klein is. This is perfect spot on Thor artwork. It blends superhero, viking, Gods & cosmic being aesthetics together into a perfect maelstrom for the eyes. Matthew Wilson’s color palette choices then make it pop. I love this comic guys.

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