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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (June 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785156240
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785156246
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Before joining Marvel Comics, writer Matt Fraction had already established his reputation as an emerging new talent with his work on Last of the Independents. Fraction's tale of a bank robbery gone wrong earned him a coveted "A" grade from Entertainment Weekly, as well as interest from Marvel. After taking on a short story assignment in the anthology title X-Men Unlimited, Fraction was handpicked to launch two of Marvel's biggest projects for 2006: Punisher War Journal with artist Ariel Olivetti, and Immortal Iron Fist, with co-writer Ed Brubaker and artist David Aja. Both series met with overwhelming critical and fan acclaim, selling out their respective first issues within days of release. This led to two even bigger projects: The launching of Invincible Iron Man, a high-profile first issue premiering the same month as the blockbuster film; and Uncanny X-Men, written in tandem with Immortal Iron Fist partner Brubaker. In addition to his Marvel work, Fraction writes Casanova, an off-beat series illustrated by Gabriel Bá which recently moved to Marvel's Icon imprint. He is also a talented filmmaker and graphic designer, heading up the MK12 firm with a worldwide client base that includes Adidas, MTV and Cartoon Network's Adult Swim. Fraction remains one of Marvel's most popular writers; other credits include The Order and Thor: Ages of Thunder.

Customer Reviews

I take this book just it looks too damn good.
andrei bressan
Oliver Coipel returns to stun with his fantastic artwork, and it looks just as great as his work during the acclaimed JMS run.
Frest Humphrey
I bought this series as something to read on the train and have been glad for that decision for sometime now.
dean

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Frest Humphrey on July 11, 2012
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Matt Fraction's epic story and Oliver Coipel's stunning art combine to make this a great Thor story, though admittedly I had a bit of trouble jumping in here, having largely ignored the run due to the sub-par reactions to the Siege and World Eater's story arcs. To its credit, the book actually fills readers in on the important events in a little pre-story page explaining what has happened since Latverian Prometheus: during `Siege' Asgard was attacked and fell from the sky, Loki and Baldur died, then Asgard is attacked by a force of otherworldly enemies in `The World Eaters'. In the climactic fight, Thor split the World Tree Yggdrasill, causing a rift in reality, and Asgard is now haven to inhabitants from many of the other realms (dwarves, elves etc.) and Thor resurrected Loki as a child (no impact here, death is so cheap in comics it's not possible to take seriously anymore) and brought back Odin.

Now for the basic set up for this story: In the wake of splitting the World Tree, Odin sends Thor and Sif into the aforementioned rift in reality, where they find the World Heart, a seed of the World Tree. Due to the item's immense cosmic power, it is sensed by the Silver Surfer, who seeks to take it from Asgard for Galactus, as it may forever end his hunger. This sets the stage for some absolutely epic fighting as Thor brawls with Surfer on Mars; Odin fights Galactus and other great moments. Yes, that's right, Asgard declares war on Galactus. Epic.

Oliver Coipel returns to stun with his fantastic artwork, and it looks just as great as his work during the acclaimed JMS run. The high scale premise here really gives Coipel a chance to cut loose for some fantastic scenes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brandon Daniels on February 10, 2013
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This is the same book asThe Mighty Thor, Vol. 1. So you can look at both products for reviews. At the time of writing this, the hardcover version with the movie poster dust jacket is going for as low as 80 cents. Regardless of your opinion of the story, Oliver Coipel's artwork alone is worth the price of admission. Also, the inking and coloring in this book is some of the best I've ever seen.

The story itself follows the critically acclaimed JMS Thor series that also featured Coipel. That series was my first real introduction to Thor and I really enjoyed it, Kieron Gillen's short run after, and the climax in Siege. At the time of writing this, I have not read Fraction's recent World Eaters mini that led to this book, but there was a small intro that covered what happened in it. I enjoyed this book so much, I will now go back and get it. This story also predates and sets up the Fear Itself book that Fraction later went on to spearhead, which was mostly disliked, and I think, has led to a lot of disregard for this series and Fraction as a writer in some respects. All I've read of his work so far is this book and his Iron Man series. I liked both, so I will continue to try stuff from him in the future.

Others have covered the specifics, so I won't delve much, but I will say that this arc pairs the concept of Asgard and Norse gods with more cosmic concepts like aliens and "God with a capital G" like entities. This mixing of concepts can only be found in comic books, and it is one of my favorite aspects of the Marvel and DC universes. Fraction tackles this idea head on and knocks it out of the park.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dean on September 2, 2013
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I bought this series as something to read on the train and have been glad for that decision for sometime now. This beautiful series is everything anyone could ever want from Kirby heroes. I bought the trade because I'd almost completely worn out my copies. Take special note of the amazing art of Coipel, there are more than a couple nods to jack Kirby. Odin steals the show by the end of this beautiful series. Do yourself a favor and pick it up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Culleton on October 30, 2013
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There may be spoilers ahead...

In the aftermath of the Thor: The World Eaters storyline, where Thor thwarted the assault on Asgard by splitting the World Tree at its roots, this story begins with Thor and Sif heading into the roots of the World Tree to see if it can be fixed.

As a result, we learn of the World Heart, the very root of the tree itself, which in turn is the very root of the Nine realms - a seed of immense cosmic power.

But the exposure of this seed has caught the attention of Galactus, who sends his herald the Silver Surfer to Asgard to demand that the World Heart be given to the world devourer, so that his hunger may be sated.

Of course, Thor, Odin et al, are none too pleased about this demand so it's Gods versus Cosmic beings in a titanic struggle for the power source of the Realm Eternal.

In the end, it all boils down to Pastor Mike, a simple religious mortal man from Broxton.

I don't know if Thor and/or Odin have ever warred against Galactus and the Silver Surfer before, but it's a great concept - it really is a clash of the titans and it is done really well; battling out in space or even on the plains outside the small town of Broxton. Reading the Odinson clash with the Surfer was a delight, and all drawn beautifully by one of my current favourite artists; Olivier Coipel.

Author Matt Fraction is one of the best comic book writers out there at the moment - his work on The Mighty Thor, Invincible Iron Man and Fear Itself have been my guilty pleasures over the last 2 or 3 years. It's not just his take on superheroes, he writes about the small man caught inbetween.
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