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Thor: Ages of Thunder Paperback – December 30, 2009

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (December 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785135685
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785135685
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 6.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #547,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book has my recommendation.
Buy it, pop in an Opeth album, and enjoy the heavy metal norse action.
T. Hill
The shift between each stories was really well done.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. Hill TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 14, 2011
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This is probably the most epic, metal version of Thor I have seen yet. It's a clever collection of single issue story arcs under the Thor: Ages of Thunder name. There are two artists that are present here, each one doing a half of each issue. At times, this shift in artist can be a little jarring, but it's mostly consistent. The final giant-sized issue is more jarring in the art, as there are four artists with shockingly different art styles to speak of, but that's a part of its story, and it is actually really cool. Overall, Ages of Thunder is a pretty consistent collection of fairly high quality Thor stories.

Each story is a "mature graphic novel" re-imagining of classic Norse fairy tales that you may have even grown up hearing before going to bed as a child. That said, it is worth noting that this isn't your typical Marvel Thor, who is very heroic and noble. No, this is NORSE mythology Thor, who was an arrogant, selfish jerk who caused much collateral damage and suffering without remorse while "saving the day." You may not like that, but I didn't mind at all. Since Marvel has established that countless cycles of Ragnarok have occurred, each own with its own version of Asgard and its major players, this is a refreshing way to step outside the established history for Thor and Asgard. This is a nice collection of stories that feel like plausible, cool narratives without intruding on established canon too much, and I like that. The rebuilding of Asgard's wall by a humble human, the golden apple famine from Enchantress being kidnapped, a harsh winter curse from a ice giant avenging her slain father, they're all here, plus a lot more.

Seeing as each issue is a standalone story, I can't find any fault with the storytelling.
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful By The Mad Hatter VINE VOICE on May 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I've long been a fan of Norse mythology so in turn Thor is about the best it can get in graphic novels to me except for maybe Gaiman's work. Thor: Ages of Thunder collects Matt Fraction's attempt at reinterpreting the Norse myths surrounding Thor and his brethren in a nice slightly over sized hardcover. Let me first say that the art is absolutely amazing. Although it is a different style than Alex Ross it is just as impressive in its epic scale. Each frame deserves a place in a museum.

Thor: Ages of Thunder stands apart from the rest of the Thor series' past and present so it can be enjoyed on its own without any prior introduction to past reading. This is a different Thor than depicted most elsewhere. He is tired of being the one who always has to clean up all of the other Gods problems, especially the mischievous Loki. Thor has turned into a vengeful and unforgiving God. In it Thor fights everything from frost and storm giants to zombie hordes and even Odin the all-father, which gives Zircher's art a chance to cut loose on an incredible scale.

I'd almost go as far to say Fraction's take is better than Walter Simonson's legendary long run at Thor, but I'd probably be lynched by comic book I mean graphic novels aficionados. I give Thor: Ages of Thunder 9.5 out of 10 Hats. If you are a fan of the Norse myths or just love a beautifully rendered epic give this one a try.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Frest Humphrey on June 11, 2012
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Long before he flew through the skies protecting mankind as an Avenger and inspiring generations with his unshakable nobility and compassion, Thor, God of Thunder, was in desperate need of a lesson. But how do you teach a lesson to one of the most powerful beings in existence? How do you humble a God? Presented here are four stories; Thor: Ages of Thunder, Thor: Reign of Blood, Thor: Man of War and Thor: God Sized Special, all written by Matt Fraction who took over the main Thor series after Kieron Gillian left the title.

The first three are presented as interwoven stories detailing some of the greatest events in Asgard's past, and they are adapted from old Norse Myths, some of which reader's may be familiar with, making it essentially backstory on how Asgard and its residents were ages ago. We see how certain things came to pass: How did Heimdall become guardian of the Bifrost? What caused Enchantress to be so broken? How was Sleipnir the eight legged horse created? And most importantly: what events lead to Thor's banishment. Fraction tells these stories with heavy narration, and though I usually dislike such a method, it fits the tone of the book. It feels like we are sitting down around a campfire to listen to tales of eons long gone.

These stories, like the myths that inspired them, are epic in scale. Blood raining from the sky, great battles waged against Frost and Storm Giants and armies of undead. These stories are also intended for a mature audience. There is no shyness to gore, violence and sexual content here. Thor has no problem throwing Mjolnir right through an enemy's head and celebrating his victories by grabbing a few concubines to pleasure him for the rest of the night.
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By R. Smith on September 1, 2014
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I believe that at the time of my writing this, Thor: Ages of Thunder is sadly out of print, so those reading this review are likely doing so to determine if it is worth a seven dollar Kindle purchase or going through the trouble of seeking out a physical used copy. I cannot recommend the Kindle edition of any comic, as I don't like Amazon's comic viewer (I highly recommend Comixology, however, which Amazon owns). I will speak for the hardback, which I was able to find used here on Amazon, Prime eligible, for less than twenty dollars.

Though an avid comic reader, I've never read a Thor comic and still know nothing of his background as a character in the Marvel universe. I have read Norse mythology, however, and I do like heavy metal -- several reviewers have stated these as being the only prerequisites to thoroughly enjoying Ages of Thunder. Actually, they were right.

All but the last story in Ages of Thunder are rather true to Norse mythology, meaning those who have read The Prose Edda: Norse Mythology (Penguin Classics) may actually feel more at home with Ages of Thunder than those who have only read Stan Lee's Mighty Thor. If you've read The Prose Edda, the fact that the gods practically live off of golden apples will not surprise or confuse you, neither will the misogyny (as some reviewers seem shocked to find) or the ease with which Norsemen both kill each other over petty issues and forgive one another for egregious crimes. On the otherhand, the last story will be completely lost on those who haven't read Walter Simonson's Thor -- out of nowhere, a non-Norseman, who for whatever reason Thor and Baldur feel attached to, is in the story carrying a machine gun.
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