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Thor: God of Thunder, Volume 3: The Accursed

(Thor: God of Thunder #3)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  1,766 ratings  ·  164 reviews
It's the bloody return of one of Thor's greatest enemies: Malekith the Accursed! The former lord of the Dark Elves is freed from his otherworldly prison, and the chase is on across the Nine Realms to capture him! As Malekith begins a bloody rampage, Thor finds new allies to aid him: a Dark Elf sorceress! A gun-toting Light Elf! A gargantuan Mountain Giant! A dwarf who love ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by Marvel (first published March 20th 2014)
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Jan Philipzig
Oct 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, superhero, marvel
Disney Takes Over

How do you follow up the ultimate Thor story? The cosmic scope of the spectacular two-parter that was The God Butcher and Godbomb obviously cannot be topped, so the one shot that opens this third volume wisely shifts gears to tell a much more low key story. Gone are the ambitious meditations on the changing status of religion, gone the travels though time, gone the sweeping landscapes and epic battles. Instead, the reader is invited to sneak a peek at Thor’s personal and surpris
Jun 24, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Thor in Asgard just isn't my thing.
It's a personal preference, it has nothing to do with the writing, and I don't mean to offend Sesana and her mighty hammer anyone who enjoys these stories.
Mostly, I just find Asgard stories depressing.
They have an air of hopelessness to them that just sucks all the joy out of my day.
I think I'll stick to the MIGHTY-AVENGER-THOR stories, from here on out.

This wasn't an awful story, by any means, and I certainly enjoyed it better than that stupid God
Sam Quixote
Jun 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Thor may be the God of Thunder but Jason Aaron is the God of the One-Shot Comic!

His day in the life of Doop was arguably the best comic in his Wolverine and the X-Men series, and his Wolverine’s week issue (I forget which series) was so damn good – it looked at how Wolverine was able to be a part of the many superhero teams he’s a member of, like the Doop issue, in a comedic way. And then there was his brief stint at DC before he joined Marvel and became one of the Marvel Architects, when he did
Nov 13, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

What a let down! What the fuck happened? God Butcher and God Bomb were absolutely perfect. This is like the Phantom Menace trying to follow Return of the Jedi. And the artwork. Why the hell would they ever stray from Esad Ribic? Don't get me wrong, the art isn't bad, but it sure isn't Ribic. There is a lot of disappointment here.

The first and last issues are total throwaways. In the first, Thor returns to all his realms and planets to party. He dances with an environmental scientist who makes a
Feb 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, fantasy, mythology
It seems inevitable that Malekith would have to make a return to the Thor comics. He was, after all, the villain of the second Thor movie, and you might as well give new readers what they expect to see. Especially with Loki as villain seemingly off limits, at least for the time being. This particular Malekith story... Well, it's ok. It's a pretty standard "heroes chase the villain" story, with a few enhancements to keep it a cut above average. For one, Malekith is a particularly vicious and thre ...more
Jan 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
OK...that was disappointing. Even more so because it's Jason Aaron...

The first issue #12? That was a 5 star issue. It made me get all teary eyed, and was good solid stuff about a God who loves humans, yet still cannot always save them. Following on the heels of the God Butcher saga, this was a perfect approach to a more small scale and human approach to Thor. I loved everything about this issue. It also involves all 3 Thors at different points in history, showing the love he has always held for
Jesse A
May 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
A good volume. Featuring Malekith the dark Elf, who is a formidable opponent for our hero. Some good stuff in here. 3.5 stars right now, might go up on consideration.
Ugh, Malekith. Uninspired villain, resurrected from some ancient line of Thor stories after he got a starring role in the second Thor movie. As if that suddenly makes him cool.

At least we got a neat little interlude story, a palate cleanser (are they a Proctor & Gamble product? They should make them, in disposable form - maybe even something you could plug into the wall and make it always smell of clean palate in your home). I'm sure after murdering a few thousand gods, even Jason Aaron - k
Jun 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: marvel-comics, 2016
3.75 stars

This is still a good series. The best Thor series I have ever read. I love this new interpretation of Thor as a really nice guy. While this was a good volume, it still pales in comparison to the first two volumes containing the God Butcher storyline. It would be almost impossible not to, especially with the new plot.

So basically, present-day Thor goes back to Midgard and Asgardia and chills there. Until Malekith the Accursed breaks out of his prison and goes on a murdering rampage agai
Not bad, but nowhere near as good as the previous two volumes.
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Malekith the Accursed has escaped his prison and is causing havok among his own people, the Dark Elves. All-Mother Freyja assigns Thor as leader of a motley team named the League of Realms that must face Malekith.

Thor's team isn't very unified as each member believes he can best Malekith alone. Their first battle with the Dark Elf goes badly when the elven queen is killed. Thor must seed some camaraderie between them or risk a conflict between all the realms which would make them easy pickings f
David Sarkies
Jul 22, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
An Ancient Enemy Awakes
23 July 2016 - Singapore

It had been a while since I had visited a comic book shop, and since one of the things I do, other than reading books and writing reviews on them, is to visit businesses, buy something, and write reviews on them, I decided that it was about time to visit some of the comic book shops scattered about Melbourne. Also, I wanted something short, and engaging, to read on the plane as I made my way across the continents, and a graphic novel certainly does
Jan 25, 2018 added it
Callie Rose Tyler
Jun 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, marvel
2 1/2 Stars

I did not enjoy this as much as the first two volumes. I was somewhat confused by the timeline as the narrative is still skipping through time presenting Thor past, present, and future.

The first issue in this volume seems somewhat out of place with Thor doing several charitable acts and then visiting with Jane Foster (view spoiler) Then we switch into the main narrative for this volume wh
Nicolo Yu
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Esad Ribic took a well deserved break after crafting the visuals for the first ten issues of the story that has become a high-water mark in Thor stories. This volume is instead a collection of guest artists who are more than capable of stepping into Ribic shoes and giving their own take on the newly redesigned Thor. This collection is book-ended by single issues by artists Nic Klein and Das Pastoras, each taking the helm of one chapter, while frequent Aaron collaborator Ron Garney took on the mu ...more
Rituraj Kashyap
After the awesomeness of the last two volumes, this one really disappointed me.

Malekith the Accursed is released from his prison in Hel, and goes on a murder spree of the dark elves living in all the nine realms. It seems like he is the antagonist in this book because of the movie Thor: The Dark World. Anyway, a ragtag group of warriors, led by Thor, is formed to stop him, but it seems they have a traitor in their midst. The story did not have the magic of the last one.

The Accursed arc runs fro
May 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
I thought from other reviewers that this would be poor, but I just found it to be very different.

Malekeith is a different kind of enemy to Gorr. Where Gorr was misled by his own Trauma, Malekeith is like Thor's Lex Luthor. He's pure evil and very clever and conniving.

A worthy opponent for Thor and a good read.
William Thomas
May 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: blah, bland
Ruining what was the most perfect Thor run since 80s Simonson, 'The Accursed' comes a little late on the heels of the not-so-blockbuster movie (which I personally loved). Handed down from the Marvel execs in order to synergize the film and book franchises, Aaron has to introduce to us the most boring and worthless villain in the cosmic arsenal to date- Malekith, the dark elf.


Just leave it be. Seriously. Let writers do what they want if the books are hot. Aaron's superb run feels like it c
Nancy Meservier
"The Accursed" is the third volume in Thor: God of Thunder. Here we see Malekith the Accursed return to the Thor comics, conveniently around the same time he showed up in the Thor movies. I suspected in advance that after the epic two-parter that was The God Butcher and Godbomb, that the third volume was going to feel like a little of a let down, but I didn't expect the results to be so disappointingly bland. It's just a bunch of uninteresting heroes (with the exception of a tough dark elf sorce ...more
May 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
This volume is a bit of a letdown after the first two, and it's a mixed bag.

The first issue is actually a decent "breather" after the first two volumes and makes for a good epilogue. It reestablishes Thor's baseline in the world as well as plants the seeds for a couple other storylines, but then it immediately jumps into the main multi-part story involving Malekith. I was initially excited about this because I wanted to know more about him. Malekith wants to be king of his people and he goes abo
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Damn just nowhere near as good the first 2 volumes. The artist changes but so do the stakes with the story. Not very strong in plot or fun.
Mar 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This book had its moments especially early on but then slowly started to lose my interest. Thor is one of those heroes I’ve always wanted to like since I was a kid. I just have had a hard time over the years finding most of his adventures to be anything more than moderately entertaining. This book falls into that category hence the 3 stars.
Mar 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comix
A troll, a giant, a dark elf, a light elf, a dwarf and a thunder god walk into a bar…

Holy Hobbit! This one has all the ingredients for a nerd’s delight; all it’s missing is a twenty sided dice.

There you go.

Shades of the second Thor movie, Malekith, the Accursed has escaped from Spider-Jail and he’s bent on upsetting the balance in the Nine Realms on his way to ruling the Dark Elves.

A representative from each of the realms are tasked with hunting him down and of course none get along with one an
Chris Lemmerman
Not quite as epic as the God Butcher/Godbomb arc, but Jason Aaron knows how to write a Thor book and write it well. Whilst the main story arc here seems a bit shoved in so that this title can benefit from movie-viewers thanks to the inclusion of Malekith, there are some plot points that I expect will be important further down the line too. Surrounding the main 'Accursed' storyline are two done-in-ones, the first visiting some of the things Thor does outside of Asgard which is very emotional, and ...more
Sep 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: marvel-now, thor
Little disappointing after the first two volumes (God Butcher and God Bomb . There's more world building here, as Aaron takes us into the Nine Realms and we meet the other beings that are well known in the Thor universe. Malekith (much like his part in the film Thor: The Dark World) doesn't stand out much as a villain.

The highpoint of the volume is the final issue (#18) as we see Young Thor protecting a town from a Dragon. A Dragon who is fluent in speech, which immediately reminded me of Smaug
'kris Pung
Jan 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, i-own
Well the action slows down and we get some nice world building and a tour of the 9 realms and its inhabitants. There’s also a fun Lord of the Rings feel w/ reluctant emissaries from the different realms join forces to hunt down the treacherous Malekith. As good as the Malekith arc is the one shot w/ young Thor and the dragon steals the show. I’d say the ability to craft a good one shot in modern comics seems to be a lost art but Jason Aaron clearly shows his mastery here. Even if you didn’t like ...more
Maria Kramer
What the heck happened between volume 2 and this? YIkes. After facing a god-destroying bomb, this is a bit anticlimactic. Also, whoever did character design for Malekith was clearly thinking of the Joker - I cannot take that face seriously. It's too over the top. The merry band of misfits who go to hunt him are supposed to be funny, but are just annoying. Skip it!
Britton Summers
(Minor Spoilers)

You all know that I got a mighty boner for Jason Aaron’s work since I picked up his work in Marvel, as well as Scalped.

Following the epic showdown with Gorr, The God Butcher, Thor’s having a good time on Earth, helping people out, doing his God thing. But then his old enemy Malekith The Accursed returns from his prison and he begins wrecking everybody and everything who dares get into his way, which is a way better alternative than his role in The Dark World, so Thor and some f
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: marvel-comics

Not the best followup to God Butcher and Godbomb. This story, while it has an interesting hook, is more of a campy adventure story in the vein of a cheesy D&D campaign but it tries really hard not to be. On top of that the ending is incredibly anticlimactic and disappointing to the point where it's just plain silly. That's not to say that a silly story is inherently a bad thing but it works way better when the creators embrace the silliness of it. It took me way too long to read this,
May 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, cómics-2018
No me ha parecido ni tan bueno ni tan intenso como el anterior, pero cumple y tiene mucha acción. Eso sí, el cómo están escritas las mujeres, en especial Lady Waziria, ha dejado muchísimo que desear... es que eso de tener a un personaje femenino únicamente para servir un rato de interés amoroso para el protagonista y para ser víctima de comentarios machistas... me parece que está un poco trillado, llamádme loca.

Veremos qué tal el último volumen.
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Jason Aaron grew up in a small town in Alabama. His cousin, Gustav Hasford, who wrote the semi-autobiographical novel The Short-Timers, on which the feature film Full Metal Jacket was based, was a large influence on Aaron. Aaron decided he wanted to write comics as a child, and though his father was skeptical when Aaron informed him of this aspiration, his mother took Aaron to drug stores, where h ...more

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