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This volume contains the start of the best run of Thor tales the comics have produced to date. For anyone interested in Marvel 's take on the character and mythology this is the best place to start.
This is really, really good. In the 80s Walt Simonson took Thor to new heights throwing out old conventions (Thor sheds his secret identity in the first few pages) and reaching deep into Norse myth to create one of the all-time great runs in comic history. He spent about five years on title, developing both long-running stories and single-issue gems. And it all starts monson wastes no time, just a few pages in Thor is in a battle with mysterious alien, loses his hammer and ends up fighting armies of demons in a distant galaxy. And that's just the warm-up.I reread these books (along with Simonson's excellent Ragnarok comic) after seeing the latest Thor film. Some scenes from Simonson's run were clearly adapted for the film and made me smile. I recommend all five books, they have cosmic action, nobility, humor and heart. Everything you could want in a comic.
As you luxuriate in Walter Simonson's Thor, keep in mind how terrible the book had become prior to his vision. Once a flagship for Marvel, Thor had become a non stop repetition of classic Lee-Kirby stories. Originality was long gone and the book had to be on the verge of cancellation. Along came Walt, who, given a free hand brought the book back to its' glory days. He introduced lots of new characters, and tampered with old ones to give them fresh appeal. A new secret identity for Thor, a fat Balder, nastier villains and of course, Beta Ray Bill. Top shelf reading, folks. Sit back and enjoy.
Thor is Marvels Greatest Hero EVER!!!! I love his stories, movies and even his TV appreance on the old Hulk show where he and the Hulk faced of then teamed up in the end. I also love Beta Ray Bill and hope we get to see The Thunderstrike Story line come out in a series like this for Kindle. I have all the Thor Graphic Novels on my Wishlist and wish we could see some of the older thor series, the stories with him and the Wariors 3 in Asgard. To Marvel; MORE THOR PLEASE?
There are many reasons as to why Walter Simonson has long been considered the high point of the grade curve - all pointed to in other reviews. It is enough to know that the entire Simonson Thor Visionaries set is all the discerning need(s) to own within the Marvel Thor franchise.
Walt Simonson's famous Thor run is currently collected in 5 trade paperbacks; he writes & draws the 1st three, and then mostly just writes the last two. My favorite volumes are the 1st three, but the entire run is really well done.Highlights here for me...*Issues 349 to 354- Ragnarok & Roll! This is intended to be the main storyline in Simonson's run, and it's excellent. It's a colossal battle pitting Odin, Thor, Asgardians & Beta Ray Bill versus Surtur, with New York City, Asgard, and all of reality hanging in the balance. Many characters familiar to the title get involved, including various Marvel mainstays, with Loki playing an especially interesting role. I love how issue 354 ends in Chicago, the city in which I live. Great material!*Issues 357 to 359- Beta Ray Bill & Sif spend time together in New York, while Lorelei seduces Thor. The heist of gold from the Federal Reserve Bank is especially interesting. I actually enjoy these issues the most due to the characterizations involved.Volumes 2 & 3 were originally printed on somewhat thick, super-slick paper- extremely high production quality. Marvel eventually switched to a more standard, lighter, thinner yet still slick paper for their TPB's, which might be saving them somewhat on costs, but the result is still decent quality for the reader. And it's easier to carry! It's this lighter paper that we get cluded in this volume:*Issues #349 to #354- Walt Simonson writes, pencils & inks*Issue #355- Walt Simonson writes; Sal Buscema pencils & inks*Issues #357 to #359- Walt Simonson writes, pencils & inksP.S. Issue #356 isn't included here because it was a fill-in issue with a different creative team; it isn't considered essential. Also- If you're an enthusiastic Simonson fan, I *highly* recommend getting the 2003 1st printing instead. Everything's incredibly better in it: the cover image, paper, printing, and even design. Since it's currently hard to find though, it'll likely be expensive. I love it!-UPDATE 2011- The newly reconstructed colors here represent the typical cleaning up of the original 80's colors, like Marvel does with all of their 80's paperbacks these days. These colors are *not* the same as the even newer colors in the 2011 Thor Simonson Omnibus. The omnibus colors are a whole different kind of 'new', specially made for that release.
Thor is one of the greatest super-heroes in the history of comics, yet he's only had three high-quality runs: The original stories by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the Roy Thomas/John Buscema run, and the run that is featured in "Thor Visionaries": that of the amazing writer/artist, Walt Simonson. If you have only read Thor stories from the last few years, you have no idea how much fun this character can be. Simonson's stories are epic, yet down-to-earth. They are lovingly-rendered. And most importantly, they capture the spirit of what this character is _really_ all about. Buy it, True Believers! 'Nuff said!
I did like this. But I thought it took it a while to really get started. Just as I was engaged it was the end. I will be reading the next volume because I am interested to learn more about this reincarnation of Thor and would like to see where it goes. So I will give it another volume or so. I was a bit disappointed in this one though. I really wanted to love it.
The 1st volume of Marvel's Thor Goddess of Thunder trade by Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman, & Jorge Molina is a good read. I wasn't sure what to expect because stories like this, where a new character takes over the mantle of another character can work or they can go horribly wrong and Thor has gone through this before so I went in skeptical. I'm happy to say that this one works and I am anxious to see what happens next.
Jason Aaron is writing the best Thor stories of his generation, both with the original Thor (Gods of Thunder volumes 1 and 2 are beautiful and funny and epic and melancholy all at once), and with this new mystery woman who has taken on the mantle of om the outside, it might feel like a publicity stunt, but Thor's story has always been about worthiness--who is good enough, brave enough, and just enough to be able to lift the hammer. There's a sadness to the Odinson's loss of his title, but his character is better for it. Meanwhile the mystery predecessor is fun and dynamic, rising to the occasion with grace and e book is just filled with instantly iconic images and some truly funny moments as well.A little weirded out by a woman as Thor? Take a chance on this book anyway. It won't disappoint.
This book contains some amazing material from the Lee/Kirby years - For starters the God of Thunder ventures to the Black Galaxy where he encounters the alien Rigellians and Ego the Living Planet - but that is just the tip of the iceberg -- included in this action-packed volume are a vast array of terrific characters - the High Evolutionary and his Knights of Wundagore, Replicus, Super Skrull, Ulik and the Rock Trolls - all the gang from Asgard - Odin, Loki, Sif, Heimdall, Warriors Three etc.. and the Destroyer!Its one thing to throw in all these characters into a single book, but to have them come to life and jump off the pages like they do is the real treat, thanks to the "King" Jack Kirby - Thor's other-worldly adventures are irresistible - this volume of the Epic Collection series and the one that follows - Vol 4, are two of my favorite books in my Marvel collection and both are a must for Thor fans
This is the kind of book that gets a person excited about superheroes, no doubt about it. I started with Journey into Mystery, Vol. 1: Fear Itself as a starting point for Marvel comics (after loving the film, The Avengers). I was immediately hooked and wanted to see how we got to that point. I decided to skip over House of M and Civil War, as those stories seemed too dark, and I didn't want to go too far back. I had read great reviews about Straczynski's reintroduction of Thor, which also introduced Lady Loki, and decided to jump to this point. Though the story is fairly well contained, it is helpful to know something of what happened before, especially in Civil War. So, I recommend newbie readers like me hit Wikipedia to get an overview of those prior major is book opens with the human Donald Blake, who once hosted Thor's spirit, calling the God of Thunder from the Void of nothingness. The cycle of endless Raganaroks had been broken, but humanity still needs the gods. Thor chooses to be reborn, and he uses his power to rebuild Asgard - in Oklahoma! He then begins searching the world for his people, bound within humans waiting to be awakened. He intended not to awaken certain Asgardians, Loki, Enchantress, et al, but while engaged in battle was forced to awaken everyone at once. Loki is somehow reborn as a woman, and Sif cannot be found. The stage is set. The most exciting part of this book is the clash between Thor and Iron Man, when Thor reveals just how powerful he is - that he had always held back before. He's ticked off at Tony for using his genetic code to make a "fake" Thor and passing him off as the real deal during the Civil War.Overall, this is a fantastic (re)introduction of Thor. The story is engrossing, and I love the artwork. Thor is totally bad [email protected]@, and the fights scenes are expertly rendered and thrilling. Highly recommended!
Thor had always been a visually striking character to me; the lightning motif, the giant hammer, the war helmet. But I've never been one for ancient mythology, so I always put off reading any thunder god stories. With the film adaptation of the character within one year at the time of this review, I finally decided to pick something up. With the low price and great reviews, I started is book was fantastic. JMS' story is about Thor trying to pick up the pieces of his life after an absence in the 616 universe. He rebuilds Asgard, looks for old friends, and tries to make sense of what has happened since he's been gone. The best chapter would have to be issue #3, where Thor visits a section of New Orleans, still stricken by the effects of Hurricane Katrina. He realizes that if he were around, he could have stopped the storm and saved countless lives. He also questions why did no other superhero do sue #3 is also where Iron Man shows up and wants to talk to Thor. Thor is quite aware that Stark made a Thor clone for his own personal use, and Thor isn't happy with it at all. Without giving too much away, Thor, quite easily, gives Iron Man what must be the most embarrassing defeat he's ever gone through. If you hate Iron Man, you'll love it. Even if you do like Iron Man, like me, you'll love how [email protected]#$% Thor comes off there.If you never knew just how powerful Thor or his trademark weapon Mjolnir are, this book gives great examples, and you get a real sense of it early on. The god of thunder has to be hands down one of the most powerful characters ever created. I was in awe looking at what this guy could do.A lot of people have complained that the book is slow placed and needs more action. I do not agree with either statement. It's just fine with it's compelling story telling and exciting action sequences. In fact, it's great. If you've ever thought about reading Thor, this would be a great start.
This is a terrific Thor series, only the classic Lee and deservedly venerated Simonson rival it. Terrific, creative "down to earth god"-ly and magical. My only (strong) recommendation is to read Thor: Disassembled first, not just because this to a degree follows that story, but because the former is one of the absolute best stories Marvel has ever had to offer.
I've been on a bit of a ''Thor' kick recently so I decided to read from the JMS/Coipel run through the current run. I tapped out originally around issue 3 or 4 when these comics came out new because it moved too slow for me, plus was the same story we got last time Thor was restarted, finding Asgardians in mortal form to repopulate Asgard. It reads better in trade format so I'm excited to see what I missed. So far we're off to a good start.
You can see how some aspects of this book (or J. Michael Straczynski's run) influenced the first THOR film. Some elements are similar... the setting, for one. The take... the way the character looks... the town... the supporting characters.I really enjoyed this, but so far I've only read this first book. I think there's three books total collecting Straczynski's run. I will get to them eventually.I should probably say that I really like J. Michael's work. I've read a LOT of his material, and I always enjoy his e artwork and the coloring are top notch as well.
It was very nice to pick up a Thor comic and be able to read it and enjoy it agian. The fights and the drawings of the action panels were awesome. And to see Thor @#$%! smack Tony was [email protected]#$% and to see that all along he was holding back his ture power was amazing. Pick this one up if you are thanking about it you won't be disappointed I know I wasn't!!!!
I have been a fan of Jane Foster for many years and after discovering her as the new Thor I was intrigued. However, I decided to jump into the series because of my own mother aunt and cousin going through breast cancer and how they remain strong even in times of doubt and darkness. The Mighty Thor is a winner by Jason Aaron. He has caught a very believable Jane Foster as a hero who is dying faster because becoming Thor is undoing her cancer treatments. However, with the new power of the Dark Council, Asgardian Politics and mystical threats that even Dr. Strange or the Avengers can't handle. Jane knows there needs to be a Thor and she will greatly make sure Earth stays together.
I loved this! Great artwork and interesting story line. I'm a HUGE Loki fan, and the artist actually got a realistic "Tom Hiddleston" looking Loki that wasn't too "cartoony" Yea! Great cliff hanger ending! I can't wait for the next volume of this series. When does it come out?
Jason Aaron is the best writer going for Marvel right now. This picks up after Secret Wars and is a continuation of his Thor run, the best run ever in my humble opinion. He does a great job of exploring the worlds of Thor and how Odinsons loss of his hammer effects so many. I'm looking forward to see where he goes with Thor ( Jane and Odinson). And if you haven't read anything before this you have to go get it, you will not be disappointed.
*Spoiler Alert*Volstagg is the main focus of this volume. After failing to save a bunch of elven children, he goes off the deep end and becomes the War Thor. Finding the abandoned hammer of the deceased Thor of the Ultimate universe, he is consumed by rage and seeks the destruction of Muspelheim. The Odinson Thor and female Thor do their best to bring him back to his senses. Awesome story and for only 4.50 digital. Having purchased the previous volumes in HC and will probably continue to the end of this series. Both art and story get five stars.
Overall the story of Thor: Goddess of Thunder in these last two volumes is pretty good and develops well with a cast of characters trying to find her identity, leading up to the ultimate reveal. But I do have to say that I wish some parts were a bit more like Noelle Stevenson's one off tale--where we get a story that really focuses on her. I felt that the story was weighed down in ways by focusing on Odinson's guilt and anger and not enough on the new Thor's thoughts and feelings, her journey, her inner world. So while the direction the story went did work out I did wish to see more and was disappointed that she didn't even show up for a good chunk of the beginning of this volume. Hopefully will get to see more now that Odin has backed off and his misogynistic attacks have proved fruitless.
So, the reveal of the Lady Thor is made. I won't ruin the surprise of who Thor is, rather just review the volume. I have enjoyed the newest Thor story more than I anticipated. Showing the Thor I know and love Knocked down/showing signs of regret has been done well. I also appreciate how this story has continued the story elements from Thor God of Thunder, but found a way to feel new and fresh. The final reveal of who Thor is was not particularly surprising, given the limited number of suspects, but I'm sure will make for some interesting story elements down the road. Now, as to the collection itself, truthfully, this volume could easily have been put in the first volume without much difference. Included in this are 3 issues of the regular series, 1 annual (which has little to do with the actual Thor series), and a What If? issue from the 70s. Putting the collections together would have made more thematic sense given the story continues directly from issue 5, and there wasn't much reason to separate it out. The annual included is nice, but feels like filler. The What If? is directly relevant to who the new Thor is (Again I don't want to spoil it), which was What If this new person became thor. It was a surprisingly good read, though I thought it was funny that said person did not go by Thor, but another name (Which was a complaint many had of this new female thor).Overall, very good read, but felt short. Luckily, the price hear is pretty cheap and you get a digital copy. If you liked Volume 1, you'll be happy.
Thor Volume 2 : Who Holds the Hammer?I'm not going to go into the whole "Thor is a woman" thing, you can either accept it or be a @#$%! and not accept it. That's on you. Jason Aaron is writing it and he is amazing at his job, Thor couldn't possibly ask for a better writer.I was disappointed in this book for one major reason, it was too short. It only held THREE issues of Thor. The fourth chapter was an Annual (which should NEVER count towards to overall "how many issues per trade") and the fifth chapter was something NOBODY asked for, a really s***ty "What If?" from like the 70s where Jane Foster was Thor. I hate old comics. I attempted to read it but it was so cringey I couldn't handle it. I would have been pleased if it had four issues or so, but I guess this is what Marvel wanted to do with their e big problem I had with Thor Volume One was the constant "teenage girl" inner dialogue which REALLY downloaded how [email protected]#$% Thor is. Thor is Thor, not two separate people. Volume One made it hard to believe in the character. There was practically NONE of that in this volume, which was GREAT. Not sure if they had done away with it entirely for newer Thor (I hope so) but it was a good choice. We also learned who Thor is, which I won't reveal here.I really miss the artist of the God Butcher storyline, I don't think anyone but them could truly draw the epic and grand stories of Thor. This one here is just a little too cartoonish for the depth and intensity I like of , enough of what I think Thor should or shouldn't be. The book itself is fine. 3/5 of it anyway, which is why I am giving it three stars. The story by Jason Aaron in the Annual almost brought me to tears, so that definitely helped it's cause.If you're into reading Thor, you're gonna need this volume to stay up to date. Otherwise if you want to get into Thor and haven't yet, start with Aaron's "God Butcher" volume, that and the God Bomb will be your favorite comic stories of all time, I just know it.
I won't go into too much detail but I will say this. The first three issues, which continue the new Thor's storyline, were amazing. The build up to who Thor is was really well done, even knowing beforehand who it was. Looking back, you can see hints of their identity before it's revealed. If these three issues made up the entirety of Volume 2 and it continued as such, it would be a 5 star book. However, it is not. Half of this book is crappy filler that I couldn't even manage to read.
I really enjoyed this story line. I have followed Mighty Thor since I was a kid back in the 60's when Jack Kirby and company first brought him out. This story of a new Thor is very imaginative. Especially the aspect of the Mjolnir having powers that even Thor himself had not seen. Very good. I recommend this book.
The continuation of the new Thor series reveals the secret of who picked up Mjölnir and continues the plotline from the last volume. Included are issues #6-8 which are all great, and the "conclusion" to the secret of Thor's identity feels worthwhile. Unfortunately the volume only contains those three issues, an annual and a classic non-continuity story from the 70s which also stars a woman as Thor. The annual issue is good, but not great, and while the premise and foresight of the classic issue is admirable, its not exactly readable.Overall the volume is just too short to warrant a great score. Those who aren't invested in the annual issue might be better served by waiting for a combined hardcover of issues #1-8.
It's a great compilation but it feels like it came out too soon. The last portion of the book after the cliffhanger is an antiquated gender swap story from years ago. Because of the gender roles and the pacing, I found it hard to enjoy.
That was my reaction upon finishing the first issue of Thor: The Mighty Avenger and it still persists. Roger Landridge does a great job of making you like these characters from the get go. You understand Jane and her life in a few panels and that is just awesome. The book is fun, funny and extremely charming. Chris Samnee's art is wonderful and manages to convey so much emotion in just a few lines. The fights are interesting in that they actually tell part of the overall story. Thor is sweet and cute and just a bit of a lunkhead but in a good way. I would thoroughly recommend this book for anyone of any age.
Recently, I've been getting into Thor as a comic book character. I always liked the premise, characters, and fantastical focus of Thor, but never really read much of his stuff. So for the past few months I have embarked on a journey to become more acquainted with him. This was one of the most highly recommended Thor titles I knew of and so I bought it, expecting to be mildly entertained and generally happy. It is a big understatement to say my expectations were met and exceeded.When I finally got the book, I was blown away by the sheer quality of the work. Rodger Langridge and Chris Samnee's take on Thor's earlier days on earth has become one of my favorite comic book series in recent years. It's absolutely magical. Langridge's writing finds the perfect balance between deep characterization, humor, warm warmheartedness, love story, fun action, and a meditative poignancy that I have not found in many comic series. Samnee's work as an artist is completely reminiscent of the silver age of comic books, where Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko were the kings of the pen. It's more simple than most modern comic books and yet it seems way more expressive than most modern comics as well. It is amazing how much Samnee's inks adds to the charm and appeal to the collection. His artistic skills and focused cannot be ignored or understated. He is spectacular.Each comic is a standalone story, each fantastic on its own, that eventually add to a narrative whole. There are many guest stars featured in this volume, some more known and others very obscure. They're all quite delightful. In many ways, this collection really reminded me of the old Lee/Kirby comic books that I adore so much. I may be 21, but when I first got into comic books, it was by reading the Marvel Masterworks graphic novels, which were collections of the old 1960's classics. This fostered in me a love for the type of storytelling you find in the silver age of comic books: gallivanting heroics and campy fun. This collection has that, and yet, it also has the poignancy and depth that more modern comic books have as well. So for me, the great Thor runs are Simonson, Strazynski/Coipel, and now Langridge/Samnee. Hell, this volume is great when in the company of all comic book characters, not just among Thor stories.I cannot say enough how great this volume is. It saddens me deeply that this 12 issue series was cancelled prematurely. If there is any justice in this world, the amount of people buying this and volume 2 of the series will perhaps resurrect it from the dead, as it truly deserves recognition and praise. Langridge and Samnee deserve nothing but the highest reward for works like this. So please, you comic book fans out there, give this collection a shot. It is so very special. Buy it, [email protected]#$%!, adore it!
-----------------------------------------------------------------------"Thor: The Mighty Avenger, Vol. 1: The God Who Fell To Earth"Written by Roger LandridgeIllustrated by Chris Samnee(Marvel Comics, 2011)-----------------------------------------------------------------------In this great, kid-friendly reboot of Marvel's great Asgardian superhero, Thor is reimagined as a less stuffy, less pompous, less boring thunder god, a recently reincarnated deity who is a little confused about his role in the grand cosmic framework, and less prone to spouting absurd pseudo-Shakespearian thees and thous. In short, he's more modern, easier to identify with, and way more fun. Don't get me wrong -- I liked the old Thor as a kid and appreciate the inclusion of a few of the old, original stories in the back of this book, but ya gotta admit he is one of the classic superheroes who hasn't held up well over the years. The reboot is quite welcome. The stories are good, too: if you want a fast-paced, lighthearted, irony-free, old-fashioned super-book to share with your kids, this is a great e comic book industry needs more stories like this for younger readers to enjoy... And, sadly, Marvel already cancelled this one. Of course. But don't let that stop you from picking up these two digest collections, which gather all eight issues of this fab, though short-lived series. (Daddy Joe Sixpack, ReadThatAgain children's book reviews)
A strange reboot of the Thor story. This time Jane Foster works in a museum. Thor is sent to Earth to learn humility but has lost part of his memories. He doesn't turn into Don Blake in this version. He fights Hyde, Giant Man (Ant Man) and the Wasp, and Captain Britain. It also includes the first two Thor stories that were in Journey into Mystery is version seemed watered down from the normal story. I am not sure if it was intended for a younger audience but it seemed to be. Both the artwork and the level of the story made it feel more like something you would read in a daily cartoon strip than a monthly comic wasn't that bad, but I have read better Thor comics. It just didn't live up to the standard I expected.
While I am sure Marvel produced this run to tie-in with the Thor movie and sell some copy off the movie's popularity, this story can stand on it's own with the best Marvel has ever printed. Thor is depicted as being quite young (for an Asgardian), and is not drawn sporting a beard, which betimes doth vex me greatly, but here it is fitting that he be clean shaven. Also, he doth not speak in the King James Version when he speaks English. That might bug some old-school Thor fans, and if the story were told any other way, it would have bothered me too. The art is retro-styled, but with a contemporary flair and finish that you just can't take your eyes off. When I finished this series I was sad that they abandoned it, the way the other hero characters (Iron Man, Wasp, Giant-Man, Odin, Heimdall)and villains (Loki,Hyde) were portrayed made me want to read more. More comics should look like this.
This is an incredible retelling of Thor's story, and his relationship with Jane Foster -- and I loved every minute of it. Watching the way Thor begins to change, and Jane's slow fall into love with him is perfect, and the ART! Ahh, the Art is just so expressive! Definitely pick up Thor: TMA as a great starter comic for all your friends.
l loved this series and [email protected]#$%! was still ongoing [see my review of volume 1.]l've read there was to have been an issue or two more in this first 's a shame Marvel couldn't have let it go at least that ough l miss the series l'm glad l got these two volumes. They're amongst my favorite comics.
I read this book in issues and was blown away. But it's even better when collected!!This book is literally for anyone (doesnt matter if you are young or old, male or female) It's technically an all ages book but it doesn't insult your intellegence or talk down to the reader at all. Instead, it is just a wonderfully told and BEAUTIFULLY illustrated tale of a man from another world being lost in, what is for him, a foriegn land: earth.I'll be honest here, I'm not a sucker for romance stories, but the relationship between Thor and Jane Foster (the woman who finds him and shows him earth) is incredibly heartwarming. This book definitely places its focus on the emotional core of the Thor story rather than the action---and, to my great surprise it works wonderfully!!That being said, there is still a lot of action (Avengers, robots, mad scientists, Asgardian gods of all sorts) and Thor is still the powerful, impulsive young man he was originally in the comics, but his rashness extends to the battlefield as well as he clearly has not yet mastered his power (which makes the character even more endearing) The story proves to be the tale of Thor finally finding something truly worth fighting for. And you'll be cheering for him all the way and having a blast while reading this fun book. And I can't stress this last point enough: you'll definitely be soaking in the gorgeous art by the master: Chris Samnee.Anyways, words can't do this book justice... buy it!!! It's perfect for any comic fan and would make a wonderful gift for new, young readers who are soon to be in love with the character (biiiig Thor movie coming out in summer 2011!)
In my opinion the single best title that Marvel is currently churning out (amidst all the Marvel Now/All New All Different rebrandings) is Jason Aaron's Mighty Thor following Jane Foster as the new female Thor. This second volume picks up the story that was begun in Thor (during Marvel Now) before being relaunched as Mighty Thor and sees Thor up against Daario Agger (head of Roxxon Corporation) and his metaphysical ally Malekeith the dark elf. Unfortunately, this volume takes a major downswing in the action after the tremendous first volume that saw the return of Loki and Thor's fight with Odin. After the cliffhanger ending in which Freya was mortally wounded, we get the first two issues in this book which are just a retelling of an old Viking story with the male Thor fighting a proto-Hulk viking. Supposedly the story ties in with the main Daario Agger arc in that he ends up getting Hulk soldiers from Loki like the one in this older tale, but it seriously throws off the story's momentum. Also the guest art for the arc is far inferior than the normal art of this series. It sets up its own visual style, but it still leaves you wondering why the two-issue story-in-a-story is necessary. Finally after that the main arc picks back up with Thor confronting Agger and a few other new villains. The story loses a bit of steam once again, however, during the final issue when Thor is whisked away from the aftermath of the fight to reveal the origins of Mjolnir the hammer, which is apparently at least semi-sentient. Again we get a story-within-the-story set up and again the art style changes with the new tale (though this art is much better I think than the opening two issues). Also, the locale where Thor goes to learn this origin story is going to throw any fans who didn't read the terrific "God Killer" arc from the Thor series before Jane took up the hammer. Overall, the ongoing story of the brewing War between the Realms is still amazing, but the two origin tales we get really throw off the pacing of the volume, especially since the artwork on display is so inferior to the terrific work from series regular Russell Dauterman.
The initial two-issue story serves as an introduction of sorts between Loki and the CEO of Roxxon as well as set up some "heavy" minions later in the collection. Beyond these elements, it's hard to view these issues as more than buying time for Dauterman to finish art for upcoming issues. Plus, the heavy lackeys end up barely impacting the main arc of the at being said, the remainder of the issues in this digital trade are excellent. It is fun to see a certain smug villain have his plans torpedoed and lose the upper hand for once. The art is wonderful. The characters are housekeeping note for those purchasing the kindle version: issue #12 is not actually included in this collection though it is advertised as such; only #6-#11 are here (I have alerted Amazon of this problem). However, when you do read #12, though it is a one-shot story, it is quite good. I always love Frazer Irving's art and he draws an especially mean Odin!
except for the art of the first story, the rest of it is pretty cool (esp after watching reviews on you-tube...and I still bought this)\cover art shown here is on the inside tho. cover art itself was different. had me confused for a moment.
Mr. Aaron tells a great tale in these stories of The Mighty Thor. I love this new Goddess of Thunder And I enjoy that it is being kept in secret. Mjolner is more than just a hammer and I like how it is introduced and it's amazing power. I still have no idea how strong Uru metal is but it certainly is great that Jason and his team expanded the idea of Thor's e writing was great kept me interested and the artwork was too notch to me.
Loving the first volume of Jane Foster as Thor. This second issue is good with catching up on the new origins of Mjinor and how Roxxon and the underworld business works in the Marvel Universe. Sadly the flashback tales detract the main story a bit.
Jason Aaron continues his stellar run on Thor, not a great place to just pick up you def need to read vol 1 or go back to the start of Aaron's Thor run because it's amazing. Any fan Thor should really get anything Thor by Jason Aaron you will not be disappointed
Thor, Vol. 1 established the return of Thor with a bold reimagining. Summoned from the void by Donald Blake, Thor goes about rebuilding Asgard in the wake of Civil War. Volume 2 picks up with Thor who has awakened all the sleeping gods and must enter Thorsleep to replenish his power. Meanwhile, Lady Loki's machinations become more apparent (to the reader, at least) as she ingratiates herself to Balder with the truth - that he too is a son of Odin - in order to make her lies more palatable. Interwoven with this main story is the burgeoning love story between the human Bill and goddess is Thor is more powerful than I'm accustomed to. Therefore, Loki must connive to have him banished so she might become the power behind the new King, Balder. Much of this volume is given over to Loki, and just how far back in time his plan was seeded. Though I don't like how Loki is presented as being evil for the sake of evil (even as a child he's "evil"), it does make him a more challenging villain for this more powerful Thor. The volume ends with the introduction of another major villain; one that Loki is obviously allied with. The conclusion left me eager to see how the story will end.Overall, this was an exciting follow-up to Volume 1 with even more action and a lot more intrigue. Highly recommended.
After reading the excellent volume 1, I was pleasantly surprised when I received this volume as a Birthday present, as I was eager to continue JMS's fantastic run on Thor. I am happy to say that the greatness continues. Thor's supporting cast is back in full, and the Thunder God begins to share the spotlight with Loki and Baldur. Several subplots develop in this volume, including some interesting backstory on Odin and Thor's family past, including a lost member (whom I shall not spoil).Art duties are handled by two artists in this volume: Marko Djurdjevic and returning artist Oliver Coipel. The former's style is grittier, but still excellent. Some great shots are to be had in this volume, such as Thor standing on a satellite in space and an epic splash page of Thor & Odin fighting the Fire Giant Surtur (a long running Thor villain).I rated this volume slightly lower than the previous, in that it is not quite as 'newcomer friendly', requiring readers to get up to speed with the other events Marvel had going at the time, mainly Norman 'Green Goblin' Osborne's Dark Avengers, as well as a greater understanding of Thor's Mythos in order to truly understand the story in its entirety. This is not much of an issue, but I did have to consult my comic-guru friends on certain things. Needless to say however, that savvy fans will not find this an issue at all, but for those like me, who are coming into comic-continuity, I feel this is important to ever, this is still a fantastic run, and I enjoyed every page.
*possible spoilers*When I first picked this collection up I was very pleased with the dark leather and golden letters that simply displayed the name "Thor" on the front. The book simply looked good on the outside and the artwork within is again, like the first volume, e story begins right where the first volume ended, with issue #7, to find Thor drained from restoring Asgard. As not to spoil anything, I will only mention that the roster of characters grows slightly with the appearances of Odin, Jane Foster and Sif coming back to Thor's / Don's lives (in one from or another--one scene involving Sif actually caused me to mutter "How frustrating!"). Bill Jr. becomes more than a waiter at a diner and actually brings some comedic value. The scenes involving his attempt at being romantic with flowers and his teaching of basketball to the Asgardians actually made me laugh: as Bill is speaking to a large Asgardian man about basketball he says "A point isn't a thing, you can't see them or anything...its just a count, one-two. You have two points, your opponent doesn't have any--" and the Asgardian interrupts "How can you know he has no points if you cannot see them? Perhaps he is hiding two points with which to attack you later?" (haha). Moments like these show Straczynski's sense of humor and depict a lighthearted way of Earth meets Asgard. Balder too becomes quite important when Loki informs him of something rather mind blowing, creating a dynamic triangle between the two of them and Thor. Another appearance, be it a short one, worth mentioning is that of the great spirit of Cap himself which gives closure between Thor and his good friend, a well written scene.I enjoyed the issue revolving around Loki. The way it is written really brings everything contained in this volume together and is somewhat cleverly done. Loki is such a manipulator that he even manipulates himself. Fantastic. In the end, Loki's scheme comes to fruition and puts Thor in such an awful situation ( I won't spoil it but it's pretty well done ). The final moments of this last issue truly made me despise Loki (as he should be) yet made me question the intelligence of both Balder and Thor (yes, yes Asgardian Law forced it to end that way...they couldn't have seen it coming...hmm).All in all, the story is absolutely fantastic. I love what Straczynski has done for Thor. Coipel's Thor is incredible and the artwork throughout the volume is so well done that I can truly enjoy just looking at the panels. The scheming of Loki is a tad bit obvious for the reader but that can't be helped because the reader learns just about everything that Loki does, so we can only know as much. The fights are good but I really like that this newer Thor is more about story and character development than it is about epic battles (even though some disagree).So, if you're a fan of Thor or you simply enjoyed the first volume, you will most definitely enjoy this one, the second volume being deeper and more improved than the first. Loved it!
This volume of the new Thor series was flawless in my book. Loki developed a complicated plan to take down Thor that was unanticipated by every reader. If you thought the first volume was good, this one makes it look like a straight-to-dvd borefest. I loved the first six issues, but Straczynkski really took his story to a new level in these I said, Loki is an intelligent villain this time around. I've read some Thor stories where Loki is mostly a predictable pest, but in this story he/she is terrifying. I was invigorated to see a real villain step up to the plate and take a swing at Thor's heart. It's great villain writing and action plots like these that make Joss Whedon clutch his Astonishing X-men in fear. Bottom line is that J Michael Straczynski is at the top of his game at this n't be concerned if the story is going to grow from volume 1. Volume 2 is bigger, better, and faster. It contains unique storywriting with involving plots. I'd say this is the best Thor I've read yet, with the previous volume and Fraction's work coming in at a close second. I think this is some of the best material Marvel has out there right now.
Start with Thor: Disassembled, read the first volume of the J. Michael, this one, and the third...you will have Thor goodness coming out of your ears. Only the Simonson, Oeming, and classic Lee rivals this run, essential for Thor fans.
My Thor read-a-athon continues. I read volumes 2 & 3 of JMS' Thor run back to back. A good read, but sadly ended before the story was finished. I look forward to seeing how the next creative team picks up the story. Art by Copiel & Djurdjevic.
I can easily see why others were disappointed by this final volume - I was also, initially. However, I still found it to be an engaging story. Moreso if you view it as another installment, leading into Gillen's run of Thor, rather than as an actual conclusion. In that light, this was a solid read which kept me interested, advanced the world-building and set the stage for more to e volume opens with Thor exiled, Mjolnir damaged, Sif still missing, Balder moving his people to Latveria at the urging of Loki and Dr. Doom, and the human Bill going along out of his love for Kelda. Thor appears less frequently than in the first two volumes. A lot of material is resolved quickly, and in the case of Mjolnir, with the appearance of my favorite sorcerer, and Loki is "outed" to Balder. The volume concludes rather abruptly with Blake being injured in an attack by Doombots (Loki being aware that Blake and Thor share a body) and finding his left leg crippled as it was before. The situation in Latveria is left hanging, but Thor is reunited with Sif and the Warriors 3. I would be more upset with this "cliffhanger" if there were not more to come. However, Gillen's run of Thor is nearly as well reviewed as Straczynski's, so I find myself eager to continue instead.Overall, this is definitely the weakest of the three volumes, but still a worthwhile read that makes me want to continue reading Thor's adventures. The art was quite good throughout, and the book's final pages have a "history" for Loki and Sif that help bring new readers up to speed before entering Siege. Recommended.
Thor is one of Marvel's best characters. And there is no where where this is more apparent than in J. Michael Straczynski's brilliant yet brief run on the series. This volume is the finale he wrote, a brilliant yet bittersweet end to the characters he redefined. In this volume we are treated to more of Loki's scheming, more of Balder's indecision as new found king of Asgard, and more of Thor's bravery in spite of his banishment from Asgard. This book wraps up a lot of the plot points set up earlier in the series but leaves the main story sadly open ended. Even though the series is picked up by the very capable hands of Kieron Gillen (who's run I recommend to any Thor fan), I can understand why some people would be disappointed by this collection. But still, if you judge this as the end of Straczynski's series but also as a gateway to the future of Asgard in the Marvel Universe, it shines. This has everything that fans of the series had been enjoying previously and the art by Marko Djurdjevic, though not as good as Olivier Coipel, is still incredible and fitting. I find it saddening to see so many lackluster reviews for what was the last Thor story written by the man who literally resurrected Asgard from Ragnarok itself. I recommend this volume as a beautiful finale of everything that came before.
A great hero ,an original Avenger ,& one of the most powerful characters in the Marvel universe has fallen on hard times of late.He's been exiled from his homeland of Asgard ,Mjolnir Is broken ,but Thor the god of thunder never gives up. With om & Loki conspiring Thor must help defend Asgard despite his exile.J.Michael Straczynski has been a Marvel heavy hitter for Marvel with his writing.He's assisted other hero's in the Marvel universe for years always producing great story lines.With Marko Djurdjevic unique & beautiful artwork this is a team of creators that's worth the cover price alone. Make mine Marvel