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Thor, Vol. 1 Paperback – August 13, 2008
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This book opens with the human Donald Blake, who once hosted Thor's spirit, calling the God of Thunder from the Void of nothingness. The cycle of endless Raganaroks had been broken, but humanity still needs the gods. Thor chooses to be reborn, and he uses his power to rebuild Asgard - in Oklahoma! He then begins searching the world for his people, bound within humans waiting to be awakened. He intended not to awaken certain Asgardians, Loki, Enchantress, et al, but while engaged in battle was forced to awaken everyone at once. Loki is somehow reborn as a woman, and Sif cannot be found. The stage is set. The most exciting part of this book is the clash between Thor and Iron Man, when Thor reveals just how powerful he is - that he had always held back before. He's ticked off at Tony for using his genetic code to make a "fake" Thor and passing him off as the real deal during the Civil War.
Overall, this is a fantastic (re)introduction of Thor. The story is engrossing, and I love the artwork. Thor is totally bad a@@, and the fights scenes are expertly rendered and thrilling. Highly recommended!
This book was fantastic. JMS' story is about Thor trying to pick up the pieces of his life after an absence in the 616 universe. He rebuilds Asgard, looks for old friends, and tries to make sense of what has happened since he's been gone. The best chapter would have to be issue #3, where Thor visits a section of New Orleans, still stricken by the effects of Hurricane Katrina. He realizes that if he were around, he could have stopped the storm and saved countless lives. He also questions why did no other superhero do anything.
Issue #3 is also where Iron Man shows up and wants to talk to Thor. Thor is quite aware that Stark made a Thor clone for his own personal use, and Thor isn't happy with it at all. Without giving too much away, Thor, quite easily, gives Iron Man what must be the most embarrassing defeat he's ever gone through. If you hate Iron Man, you'll love it. Even if you do like Iron Man, like me, you'll love how badass Thor comes off there.
If you never knew just how powerful Thor or his trademark weapon Mjolnir are, this book gives great examples, and you get a real sense of it early on. The god of thunder has to be hands down one of the most powerful characters ever created. I was in awe looking at what this guy could do.
A lot of people have complained that the book is slow placed and needs more action. I do not agree with either statement. It's just fine with it's compelling story telling and exciting action sequences. In fact, it's great. If you've ever thought about reading Thor, this would be a great start.
I really enjoyed this, but so far I've only read this first book. I think there's three books total collecting Straczynski's run. I will get to them eventually.
I should probably say that I really like J. Michael's work. I've read a LOT of his material, and I always enjoy his stories.
The artwork and the coloring are top notch as well.