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Thor: The Mighty Avenger, Vol. 1: The God Who Fell to Earth Paperback – December 22, 2010
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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. I may be 21, but when I first got into comic books, it was by reading the Marvel Masterworks graphic novels, which were collections of the old 1960's classics. This fostered in me a love for the type of storytelling you find in the silver age of comic books: gallivanting heroics and campy fun. This collection has that, and yet, it also has the poignancy and depth that more modern comic books have as well. So for me, the great Thor runs are Simonson, Strazynski/Coipel, and now Langridge/Samnee. Hell, this volume is great when in the company of all comic book characters, not just among Thor stories.
I cannot say enough how great this volume is. It saddens me deeply that this 12 issue series was cancelled prematurely. If there is any justice in this world, the amount of people buying this and volume 2 of the series will perhaps resurrect it from the dead, as it truly deserves recognition and praise. Langridge and Samnee deserve nothing but the highest reward for works like this. So please, you comic book fans out there, give this collection a shot. It is so very special. Buy it, cherish it, adore it!
"Thor: The Mighty Avenger, Vol. 1: The God Who Fell To Earth"
Written by Roger Landridge
Illustrated by Chris Samnee
(Marvel Comics, 2011)
In this great, kid-friendly reboot of Marvel's great Asgardian superhero, Thor is reimagined as a less stuffy, less pompous, less boring thunder god, a recently reincarnated deity who is a little confused about his role in the grand cosmic framework, and less prone to spouting absurd pseudo-Shakespearian thees and thous. In short, he's more modern, easier to identify with, and way more fun. Don't get me wrong -- I liked the old Thor as a kid and appreciate the inclusion of a few of the old, original stories in the back of this book, but ya gotta admit he is one of the classic superheroes who hasn't held up well over the years. The reboot is quite welcome. The stories are good, too: if you want a fast-paced, lighthearted, irony-free, old-fashioned super-book to share with your kids, this is a great candidate.
The comic book industry needs more stories like this for younger readers to enjoy... And, sadly, Marvel already cancelled this one. Of course. But don't let that stop you from picking up these two digest collections, which gather all eight issues of this fab, though short-lived series. (Daddy Joe Sixpack, ReadThatAgain children's book reviews)
This version seemed watered down from the normal story. I am not sure if it was intended for a younger audience but it seemed to be. Both the artwork and the level of the story made it feel more like something you would read in a daily cartoon strip than a monthly comic book.
It wasn't that bad, but I have read better Thor comics. It just didn't live up to the standard I expected.