I get the sense that this issue was important in terms of the story that Hickman is telling, but I'm not entirely sure why. Sure, Thor killed a Builder. He did so by hurling Mjolnir through a sun and using it to slay the Builder. Unless Thor is going to have time to do that with every single Builder, I don't see what exactly changed here. The Builders still have a galactic armada, right? Isn't that still going to prove to be a problem? Also, I'm not sure why Black Bolt "activated" all the Inhumans. What did it have to do with Thanos searching for his son? Thanos seems to know who his son is, so I don't think the plan was just to create more Inhumans to confuse him, right? I've been more or less pleasantly surprised by this series, but I feel like Hickman missed a beat here.
** (two of five stars)