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Thor: The Mighty Avenger, Vol. 1: The God Who Fell to Earth Paperback – December 22, 2010
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Fortunately, Thor: The Mighty Avenger rewrites the book on Thor, putting aside almost 50 years of history to create a comic that stands alone, starting at the moment Thor first appears on Earth and meets Jane Foster, and much like his classic appearances, quickly stumbles into battle. It reads like a classic Thor comic in many ways and functions as a welcome respite from the continuity-heavy, always-in-dire-peril Marvel Universe. Subsequently, this version of Thor returns to his more charming roots as a stranger in the strange land of Earth, a great guy, and maybe a little too quick to battle, but only because a good tussle is just fun. Marvel's in-canon Thor is journeying through different hells and lamenting the complete and total destruction of his entire world and lost souls. The difference is pretty stark, and at the moment, I definitely prefer the lighter one.
So, Thor appears on Earth, befriends a pretty lady, and immediately begins to encounter some of Earth's greatest and most eclectic superpersonalities: Mr. Hyde, Ant-Man and Wasp, and Captain Britain among them. Along the way, he tries to understand the ways of this new world, which he hasn't visited since he was a small child centuries ago, why he's here, and also tries to find a way home to Asgard.Read more ›
Usually in instances like this, either the book was just popular enough to warrant a TPB collection (which is nice but still doesn't make up for the fact that IT GOT CANCELLED) or, more likely, it is NOT popular enough to warrant a reprint and all the people who didn't buy it because they were "waiting for the trade" never read it at all. But 'Thor: The Mighty Avenger' gets an experimental treatment that's a sort of compromise between the two. The cancelled series has been reprinted in a vastly reduced size, on inferior paper stock, with irrelevant extra material, marketed to children. The result looks terrible. The text is tiny, the art is marred. It's a slap in the face.
It's bad enough that Marvel would cancel one of their only books worth reading, but to reprint it in this way is just insulting. Do yourself a favor: read this whole run, and read it in its original format! It's great. But don't bother with this trade.
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.Read more ›
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Thor's origin is re-imagined by Roger Langridge and Chris Samnee, in this, the first in a two-part mini. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Drown Hollum
This is a very fun and playful read, I enjoyed this book so much that I gave it to my gf and changed the charters to her and me.Published 7 months ago by jesse
I've often heard complaints about Thor being a overly-complicated character. Roger Langridge proves he doesn't have to be. Read morePublished 12 months ago by S. Penrose
Oh yeah! How many thumps of Dr. Blake's cudgel cause a thunderstorm? In there. How does he , did he, Commies and all. Great fun.Published 20 months ago by Aren M. Parisi
To coincide with the 2011 Thor movie, Marvel Comics released this retelling of the story of Thor's arrival on the planet Earth. Read morePublished 20 months ago by The Reviewer Formerly Known as Kurt Johnson
I thought it was a very cute and fun way to introduce two characters that I like very much. The way Thor reacts to everything and the way Jane handles it is great. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Melpomene Jones
Definitely not my cup of tea. I found it to be juvenile in the extreme-if this is an example of a good comic, I'm not impressed. Read morePublished 24 months ago by lurch
I love the way the writers reimagine Thor , its really different from the original story I know when Thor was introduced. Its a good read and I recommend it to anyone .Published on May 23, 2014 by Hard Hero
l loved this series and wish it 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 arc. Read morePublished on May 4, 2014 by Kenneth Robert Caroli