- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Marvel Comics; Gph edition (May 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0785107584
- ISBN-13: 978-0785107583
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #525,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Thor Visionaries - Walt Simonson, Vol. 1 (v. 1, Bk. 1) Paperback – May 1, 2001
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I was wrong.
Not only do they still hold up, they were even better than I remembered them! The stories virtually crackle with energy, and when read together, I was better able to appreciate Simonson's intricate & meticulous plotting. (And his art ain't too hard on the eyes, either!)
Under a gorgeous new Walt Simonson cover are his first twelve issues, which starts the Surtur story-arc, and introduces Beta-Ray Bill, the noble alien who bests Thor in combat and does the heretofore impossible: Lifts Thor's hammer, effectively BECOMING Thor! We also get a great battle (Or two!) with Fafnir, and finish off with Thor's attempt to stop Malekith The Dark Elf from opening the Casket of Ancient Winters, which could plunge Earth into a new ice-age. Unfortunately, the book ends with a rip-roaring cliffhanger, and while there are more Simonson issues yet to be reprinted, Marvel hasn't made any plans for a second volume of Thor Visionaries, so there's no telling when Walt's Surtur epic will see the light of day in collected form.
The writing and art in this volume is amazing.Read more ›
The first issue reprinted begins with a mysterious prologue involving a massive, fiery, hammer-wielding monstrous figure (most readers already know who I'm talking about I'm sure; for those with relatively little knowledge of the Thor/Asgardian mythology corner of the Marvel Universe I'll refrain from using his name), going about his dark machinations "far beyond the fields we know" [in] "the core of an ancient galaxy". From there the saga gets going with a bang, with the arrival of an alien (one of the coolest looking aliens I've ever seen by the way) going by the unlikely name of Beta Ray Bill arriving in our section of space, mistaking the Mighty Thor for one of a horde of demons the alien is locked in war with, and eventually through a rapidfire chain of events Becoming an entirely NEW Thor for the Marvel Universe.
The partnership of the Thors, the machinations of the fire demon, the grandeur of Odin, various romantic angles, the last viking, often superb dialogue, ample humour, some surpringly sexy scenes (given the time the original issues were first published), the awakening of a 'dark elf' and the truly epic saga unfolding of Balder as one of Marvel's greatest 'supporting' characters are just a few of the elements in this volume that make it so essential.
There is a problem with the art.Read more ›
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I would have given this 5 stars, but when it was printed, it appears that two pages were printed out of sync from the first chapter. I remember having all of Mr. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Douglas M Germond
When you hear arguments by Comic nerds about what superhero could beat another superhero........ Nobody beats Walt Simonson's Thor ! Nobody !Published 15 months ago by 8sox
No doubt that Walter Simonson is THOR! This comic book was going nowhere but W.S. changed it and now this is a masterpiece.Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
Between the great avant garde (for the Times) pencils and the way he absolutely embraced the source material. This was one of the best books of its era. Read morePublished on December 11, 2013 by Amazon Customer
This has been my introduction to Thor comics, and I'm so glad I picked this up first. Walt Simonson has crafted really compelling stories that show a real respect for Norse... Read morePublished on December 4, 2013 by Ashley H.
Winter of 1983. I was a full-grown and mature thirteen (13) year old. That is what I believed anyway. Read morePublished on August 2, 2013 by Wendell
A true Thor classic. Stories were buried in real Norse mythology. Remarkable work by Walt Simonson. Some of the best Thor storiesPublished on June 20, 2013 by boma e.
The only thing I don't like is Amazon's cloud reader :( I more prefer a digital reading interface that enlarges the panels and guides your eye cinematically along the story. Read morePublished on March 9, 2013 by Ryan Macri