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Thor by Walter Simonson Omnibus Hardcover – April 27, 2011

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Series: Thor
  • Hardcover: 1192 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel; Combined volume edition (April 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785146334
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785146339
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 3 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #308,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Let's get right to the point: This is without any question the finest Omnibus collection Marvel has issued since the program started over a decade ago. It all comes together, the creator ( Walt Simonson),the character (the Mighty Thor), & the reColoring (Steve Oliff and Olyoptics). It really is a challenge to describe how gorgeous this book is...I'll try.

The storyline itself maybe the best run featuring the Mighty Thor ever, only the classic Lee & Kirby run of the 60's compares in quality and length. Simonson pulls out all the stops bringing in old favorites ( Loki, the Executioner, and Surter) while simultaneously creating new ones ( Kurse, Malekith, and Beta Ray Bill). Simonson truly understood the epic scope and grandeur that a Thor comic deserves. His Thor runs reputation is truly deserved and easily stands the test of time for new readers. I could go on and on mentioning specific moments and characters but I think it would only diminish the surprises for the new reader and interfere with the rediscovery of the old time fans.

The Omnibus' presentation is superb to put it mildly. Logging in at almost 1200 pages the book is enormous in size and content. The bonus pages include approximately 50 pages of bonus artwork and pin-ups (this could be why this Omnibus does NOT include the letters pages but that is a minor loss). The original covers are all present but have the sales indicia and logos removed, while some might gripe about this I GREATLY enjoyed a look at the amazing covers without all the unneeded verbiage. The book lays flat and there is very, very minor if any gutter loss when viewing; nice work on the sewn binding!

Now for the most controversial aspect of the book: the recoloring/ remastering process.
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So, I've known for awhile that they make these enormous leather-bound books full of comics that are really goddamn expensive and heavy. What I didn't know is that I would ever want to buy one.

I just got into The Mighty Thor recently. I've always been a huge Norse mythology buff, which actually kind of kept me away from the comics -- the purist in me was offended by the fact that Thor was clean-shaven and blond and that Loki was Odin's stepson instead of his blood brother. I am not remotely embarrassed to admit that it's the upcoming Thor film that changed my mind. I've always wanted to see Norse mythology on the big screen, and I decided this was about as close as it was ever going to get to that, so I decided to read the most recent run of the comics, by the ubiquitous J. Michael Straczynski.

Needless to say, they're really good. But they're not quite like the comics in this book.

Ever since I got into Thor, I've been hearing a name murmured with awe amongst the fandom: Walt Simonson. Walt Simonson is to Thor what Frank Miller is to Daredevil. He may not have created the character, but he refined him and created some of his most epic, iconic stories. I knew I couldn't call myself a fan of The Mighty Avenger without reading his work.

I saw this book and decided, what the hell? I know I'll like it.

I was wrong. I love it. Immensely.

First of all, the art -- Walt Simonson is a damn fine artist in addition to his writing credentials, and the way he draws Thor is inimitable. His pencils hit the exact right balance between classic superheroics and classic mythology that make Thor comics so darn fun in the first place.
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Walt Simonson's legendary run on The Mighty Thor was the best of all worlds. It combined the grand stature and wonder of the Lee/Kirby era (bringing back many characters from that memorable work) with Walt's own sense of epic storytelling combined deftly with bits of humor. The first three pages start the wheels turning on a story that has little to do with the first story arc ("The Saga of Beta Ray Bill") and won't be resolved until deep into Walt's run on the title. This sense of timing is something that modern comics greatly lack.

Additionally, Simonson is a large fan of the old Norse epic tales, and he goes to great lengths to incorporate actual Norse mythology into these stories to help maintain the epic feel of what's happening around Thor. And if you want epic, this tale has it all. "The Saga of Beta Ray Bill" starts it all off, and Thor will come into conflict with the death goddess Hela, Surtur (a being bent on destroying the entirety of the Nine Worlds), the machinations of Loki (who turns Thor into a frog at one point), and it all leads up to a final battle at the dawn of Ragnarok (the Norse myth for the end of the world) with the World Serpent, Jurmungand, who is destined to kill and be killed by Thor in one final, deadly blow that will begin the end of the world.

And it's not just about Thor. Simonson's attention to the minor characters of Asgard is also highlighted in these stories. This is a rich sense of storytelling long lost by the current creative staff at Marvel Comics. Simonson's 4-issue miniseries "Balder the Brave" is also included in these pages.

So, what about the book itself?
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