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Thor: The Mighty Avenger, Vol. 1: The God Who Fell to Earth Paperback – December 22, 2010
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About the Author
Roger Langridge has been producing comics for over twenty years. Most recently, he has attracted critical attention for his work on the Harvey Award-winning THE MUPPET SHOW COMIC BOOK (BOOM! Studios) and THOR: THE MIGHTY AVENGER (Marvel Comics); other works of note include Marvel's FIN FANG FOUR, Fantagraphics' ZOOT! and ART D'ECCO (in collaboration with his brother Andrew), and the NCS, Ignatz, Eisner and Harvey Award-nominated comic book FRED THE CLOWN. He currently lives in London with his wife Sylvie and their two children.
Matthew Wilson is a political activist with a PhD in Political Philosophy. He lives in Lancaster, UK.
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Top Customer Reviews
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. It's a story that's told with a great deal of sensitivity and humor. While I wouldn't compare it directly to Mork & Mindy, the premise is not dissimilar. Issue #4, featuring Captain Britain, is one of the best single issues I've read in the past year.
The book's art is far simpler than most current comics, using relatively few lines to tell the story perfectly, and in a style that's usually more associated with indie comics but used here with stunning success. The layout and animation of the characters in this minimal environment is a small work of genius. The book finishes off with reprints of Thor's first two appearances in 1962, which are a completely surrealist trip through the very strangest era of comics, and a perfect parallel to the simplicity and excitement of The Mighty Avenger. It's a great conclusion to a series of great stories.
I wouldn't call this a story just for kids, but it's definitely friendly for all ages. It's a very good read, not unlike the Marvel Adventures series of books: self-contained stories, very interesting adventures with underused characters, great art, and a ton of fun.
-- Collin David
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.