Am I alone here!? Lol
Don't get me wrong, there things about and decisions made by Aaron that frustrated me, but I think God Butcher and his final story King Thor are masterpieces as comics go.
And Donny Cates, his first six issues are exploding my brain with thunderous delight. It's like that movie Mandy if it was a Thor comic! For me it hits all the right notes, and while I understand the criticism, none of it really resonates with me. It all feels a bit arbitrary to me. Seems like judging this Thor run according to a kind of preconceived set of limited power levels that I'm less interested in personally.
Anyway, I was just curious does, did anyone else out there enjoy Aaron's stuff that also likes Cates? Anyone else still like Thor comics?
---the late great Donald Blake
I really liked Aaron's first God Butcher story and he had some interesting ideas after that like War of the Realms and the future Galactus and Ego the Living Planet. I could even go along with the Mjolnir retcon and Jane Thor did have her moments. But overall his execution got worse and worse. Ultimately, his tenure didn't work for me.
Aaron and Cates suffer from similar problems. Neither really care about established power levels or continuity all that much. I'm okay with authors breaking those if what replaces them works, but what they wrote didn't work for me, again not so much the plot ideas, but the execution. The Black Winter coming for Galactus with Thor intervening could be a great idea if executed properly. But under Aaron and Cates, characters just don't act like the characters we know, and the way they did act didn't make them more interesting. Fictional worlds need rules. If anything goes, then that's bad writing because anything you write is not measured against anything else. With no rules, you can literally write anything and get away with it. I don't feel like Aaron or Cates have any rules.