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Avengers Disassembled: Thor Paperback – July 19, 2006


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Product Details

  • Series: Disassembled (Book 7)
  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (July 19, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785115994
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785115991
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #456,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A great story and a great ending for the Thor books, albeit a short one.
Jorge A. Torres
Michael Avon Oeming, who is better know for his artwork on the indie book Powers, is writing and Andrea DiVito, who is a newcomer is on pencils.
PlagueWind
For example, sometimes Fenrir looks cool and scary, other times he looks almost like Goofy from Mickey mouse.
J. Byard

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By B. Leblanc on September 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
The mighty Thor, as a Marvel Comics character, has a 40-plus year old history. Such an icon should be treated with espect, even when sagging sales justify the cancellation of his monthly book.

A crass way to capitalize on such a cancellation would have been to produce a "let's kill the entire cast!" plot for the final issues, the way it's been done repeatedly in the past. That is, it would have been crass were we not talking about the Norse gods, whose entire life is overshadowed by the inevitability of their eventual doom during Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods. Because of that aspect, ending the series with the destruction of the gods' world actually makes sense.

The problem with Ragnarok, however, is that's it's been done to death during the book's long career. What would make this one different from the ones that preceded it, be they prophetic visions, fake ones, near-calls or genuine but not quite final?

Oeming pulls it off successfully in this collection. This book does not have quite the originality of the Kirby or Simonson runs, it manages to tell a moving story of Asgard's fall and pay homage to the 40 years of history that it puts an end to. It manages to make sense of the recurring Ragnarok events; it ties many loose ends we often didn't realize existed; it uses most of the cast with respect (albeit sparsely, as events happen rather fast). The ending is also quite amazing, unexpected, and entirely appropriate.

Never has the mystic hammer Mjolnir been depicted as such a powerful weapon (its forging caused the extinction of the dinosaurs) and never has Thor had to face such terrible choices. He manages to pull through as a tragic and heroic figure, and his passing into history is worthy of his legend.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By N. Durham HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 16, 2004
Format: Paperback
With Brian Michael Bendis disassembling the Avengers, his Powers partner, artist Michael Avon Oeming, was given the duty of writing the final (for now anyway) storyarc for the Mighty Thor. Collecting the Ragnarok storyarc, this TPB finds Thor's home of Asgard in ruins, his sibling Gods dead and dying, and even his hammer Mjolnir has been shattered. The thunder god is pushed to his limits to save his world, even if that means he must be the architect of it's destruction to do so. Thor hasn't been this good a read in years, no lie. Not since Walter Simonsin's legendary run have I felt so compelled reading a Thor book, if (when) the book gets relaunched, I pray that Michael Avon Oeming is at the helm scripting it. The art by Andrea Divito is plain old beautiful, giving Thor a "don't mess with me" look like he's never had. It's sad, compelling, and surprisingly full of emotion. This is the best Thor has been since Simonsin, and this is an absolute must have for any and every Thor fan.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Brandon R. Stumbaugh on December 30, 2004
Format: Paperback
Wow, this book has it all, Pretty close to every character that's appeared in Thor's 40 plus years of service to the comic book community, the biggest battle Thor has ever faced (and if you've read much Thor you know thats saying ALOT) and of course Ragnarok, the untimely end of an immortal race.

Di vito's art is some of the finest I've seen in years, and Oeming should stick to writing, instead of penciling (and that is in no way a dig on his art, but an incredible compliment to his writting ability)

if you are a Thor fan this is a must read, if you are an Avenger's fan this is a must read (and I think you'll be a Thor fan afterward) and if you're just a comic fan in general it's... you guessed it, a must read (and again I believe you will be a Thor fan afterward)

Having collected the most current 300 or so isssues of Thor I can say withot a doubt this is the finest Thor story arc I've ever read.

If you've ever wanted to indtroduce anyone who's a mythology fan to comics, or Thor in particular this is the one and only way to go.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Primetime on July 5, 2005
Format: Paperback
First off, I will note that Walt Simonson strongly denies ever telling anyone that he hated this story arc and also states that he has yet to read it. You can read his statement here:

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As for the book, it is a powerful story with great characterizations that will make a Thor fan proud. In the beginning, the dialogue was a bit weak, but it improves towards the end of the story. I recommend it strongly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Babytoxie on November 16, 2006
Format: Paperback
I spent quite a bit of time searching for this trade paperback, and for the most part it paid off. AVENGERS DISASSEMBLED: THOR sold out very quickly and is currently out of print, but there's no good reason for Marvel to keep this off the shelves. It's a worthwhile addition to the Thor mythos. Collecting Thor #80 - 85, it features the arrival of Ragnarok, the "twilight of the gods", but but who will REALLY be responsible for the destruction of Asgard? Loki has stolen the Dwarves' Mjolnir mold and uses its residual power to create new weapons with which he and his monstrous forces will control Asgard. Thor and his many allies (god, human, and alien) fight to save the Realm Eternal, with the deaths of familiar faces left and right. A series of trials reveals to Thor that in order to truly save Asgard, he must do the unthinkable.

I REALLY liked this story - wow! As I am a big fan of "final takes" on comic characters (such as The Last Avengers Story, Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?, etc.), this provided an excellent cap to the story of Thor begun more than 40 years ago in Journey Into Mystery. Mind you, writer Michael Avon Oeming provides an out of sorts, but this book can certainly be read as the last Thor story. Oeming gives Thor's connection to Donald Blake, as well as the story of Asgard, an interesting twist, showing us that the foundations of what we've been reading for decades was not necessarily all it seemed to be - but it does stay true to the character. This is an epic saga, with all the stops pulled out. Unfortunately, the art doesn't complement the story. Andrea DeVito contributes some very lackluster, amateurish work, relying too much on hi-tech coloring and special effects to spruce it up.
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