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Week of Cool Comic Book Moments – The Origin of Gorr the God Butcher

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Every day this week will see me feature a brand-new Cool Comic Book Moment. For this week only, I’ll be specifically featuring cool moments that happened just this year. Here is an archive of all the past cool comic moments that I’ve featured so far.

Today we continue with the origin of Gorr the God Butcher from Jason Aaron’s Thor: God of Thunder, specifically Thor #6 by Aaron, Jackson Guice and Tom Palmer…

Jason Arron’s opening arc in Thor: God of Thunder (currently up to issue #8, although broken up into different parts so that Marvel can release a trade of the first few issues of the series) involves Thor taking on a terrible villain named Gorr, whose passion is killing gods. The story takes place in three timelines. The past, where young Thor tangled with a still new at this Gorr, the present, where our Thor takes on a return Gorr and the future, where old Thor (now the All-Father) deals with a Gorr who has nearly succeeded in wiping gods out of the universe.

In #6, though, Aaron takes a break to give us Gorr’s origin.

In the past, we meet Gorr as a young boy, and, well, you can see where his take on gods comes from…

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The rest of Gorr’s life is filled with tragedy, and all the while, everyone around him continues to praise the gods. Gorr, though, is convinced that gods do not exist. He speaks his views, which are seen as blasphemy, and he is driven away from his people. He is ready to die when suddenly his whole world view changes. Two gods crash to the planet from the sky. There ARE gods!!! How will Gorr take this news?

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Wow, what an expertly designed set-up by Aaron. Guice and Palmer, meanwhile, make a fantastic pairing. They bring a real relatability to young Gorr and his righteous indignation. And Aaron taught us a new appreciation for Gorr’s twisted mission (the issue ends in the future with a familar god known to Thor fans blows Gorr’s mind with a well-struck observation).

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This is sort of what Dan Jurgens was going for with his creation, Desak, but the execution is a lot better. For one thing, Desak’s origin didn’t seem as fully thought-through as Gorr’s. Where Desak is just an ex-believer turned vengefully murderous by a bad god, Gorr is genuinely opposed to gods and worship on principle. As a result, Gorr seems better motivated and a bit more of a philosophical threat to Thor, where Desak’s hatred of other gods seemed sort of arbitrary.

i’m pretty sure this is the same character defalco created during his run. right?

whoops. nevermind. thinking of grog the god crusher.

Despite the name, Grog the God-Crusher wasn’t motivated by some hatred of gods. He was just the Bond-villain’s henchman type in DeFalco’s first big Seth storyline, a particularly powerful but basically personality-free minion.

This is one of best superhero books going these days.

Okay, I might have to read a Thor book.

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