Writer: Donny Cates
Art: Nic Klein, Matt Wilson, VC’s Joe Sabino, Laura Martin, and Olivier Coipel
Publisher: MARVEL COMICS
Release Date: January 6th, 2021
Imprisoned in a suburban atrocity, THOR squares off against an old adversary. Still, something much more terrifying than the Midgard Serpent is plunging its teeth into Thor’s world. That’s right, the evil Dr. Donald Blake is on the loose with the Ten Realms at his disposal and power to go along with it. Let’s dive into THOR #11 by Donny Cates and see what’s next on the “good” Doctors’ agenda.
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This might sound completely and utterly childish, but the last page of this comic alone is enough to make this issue A+ material for this reviewer. You see, I have three boys, all of which I’ve introduced to comics at a very young age like SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP and the PET AVENGERS. (On a side note, I can’t recommend PET AVENGERS enough to anyone with little kids.) My point: Cates ends this issue with some of the PET AVENGERS making a special guest appearance and I’m so excited to see where he plans on taking this Marvel Mash-Up. And without spoiling too much, one of the special guest stars from the PET AVENGERS is one of my favorite comic book characters of all time.
Now, the next thing I would love to focus on has little to do with THOR, however, more to do with MARVEL COMICS in general. The summary page in this issue does wonders for the series. Oftentimes, Cates can make events and actions come across rather ambiguous and vague. Nevertheless, the summary page in THOR always adds the extra layers of clarity that may have been missing in the prior issues. For example, I wondered why and how Blake became so strong. Of course, I had a rough idea. However, the summary page completely clears that up as well as where and how Lady Sif and her crew ended up in Dimension Blood. Marvel, never lose the summary page!
Additionally, Cates has done an exquisite job of making Donald Blake a true bonafide villain. At first, I didn’t buy into the premise of him turning sadistic lunatic out of the blue (or at least from the reader’s perspective). Nonetheless, this issue of THOR helped fortify my conviction that this new characteristic introduced by Cates is fitting and logical. Plus, Blake’s true ambition shines through with two (possibly three) glimpses throughout this installment breaking the way for the reader to see what Blake’s after. Furthermore, Nic Klein and Matthew Wilson add so much darkness to Blake in his mannerisms, facial expressions, and color. Klein and Wilson make Donald Blake appear rotten to his very core. This reviewer doesn’t see a road back for Donald Blake and I fear he may be lost forever. Plus, how will THOR get back? There is no doubt my interest has peaked and I can’t wait to see where this arc goes as well as the future of Dr. Donald Blake.
Like Dr. Donald Blake, THOR #11 is wicked down to its core. Readers, the cliffhanger cameos were awesome and put a huge smile on this reviewer’s face. Meanwhile, Cates has finally sold this critic on Blake’s newfound evil features and vial characteristics. At first, it was a hard sell for this THOR fan to get behind. However, I’m all in on this arc and can’t wait to see what’s next. Someone’s on a hunt. But, who’s next? You’ll have to read this week’s issue to find out, which I highly recommend. Additionally, if you’re interested in more THOR praise, click HERE to read my BEST OF 2020 article and let me know what you think. Thanks for the read and God Bless!
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