Comics Eye:The Mighty Thor Issue #1


Over the years I have to admit that one of my favorite heroes in the world of comics has been the Mighty Thor. I’m not quite sure just why this is but I can give a few examples of what I think is cool about the character:

  • That helmet-Admit it, you’d love to wear a helmet with wings on either side of it…and its chrome!
  • The original costume-I loved the look of the original costume of the thunder god, and not so fond of the new design.
  • The hammer-Come on! He’s the only one able to life it (under most circumstances anyway) and talk about functional. He tosses it; it comes back to him just like a boomerang. He also uses it to fly and destroy things and beat the snot out of combatants with. Nuff Said!

Seriously though, Thor is one of Marvel comics flagship titles, and after events that happened a few years ago, which led to one of my favorite’s demise I was less than thrilled. But we all know that when it comes to “Dead” and the comic book, well dead is never just dead. In many instances this can be a good thing, unless someone messes things up.

The Mighty Thor is a case in point, where my feeling are, if it ain’t broke, just leave it alone pleeeeaaasssseeee!

Here is my problem with the folks at Marvel comics (and yes, I will be getting to the actual meat of this article…just let me ramble for another paragraph alright!) when they resurrected Thor, they started out with an issue #1. Fine, I can live with this, and a new look to the character…okay I can accept this, his look is not too radical, but then they renumbered the title to (I’m not exactly sure the number now) I believe 600, to where the original series had ended…and then they re-numbered the title again.

And then Marvel just raised their prices for comics across the board. And I had had enough, and I stopped reading comics for several months, due to financial concerns and just the fact that I could not justify the cost of the price tag for many of these $4 dollar comics. And now, it’s mid May, and I’m starting to just check a few titles out at my local comics shop, and what do I find…

There’s like a bazillion Thor titles, which is far short of the titles of one friendly neighborhood arachnid…but still.

So I finally broke down and picked up “The Mighty Thor” #1 and the story called The Galactus Seed, I opened the pages and read the first page with its little synopsis of what came before, and wait…Odin’s Alive! What the heck man, but like I said dead is never dead in the comics.

So in this version of the comic, they still mention the town of Broxton, Oklahoma thank god (no pun) for that. And what I am seeing here, well as I read past the scenes of a little balding clergy person trying to make sense of the gods of Asgard showing up on Earth, and whether they really are gods, we segue to the meat and potatoes of this tale and we see a not unfamiliar sight, as Norrin Rad, the Silver Surfer is once again searching out uninhabited worlds for the World Devourer, Galactus to feed upon and sate his unending hunger. The art depicting Galactus is top notch. I wish I could say the same for those of Thor, Sif, and even the Surfer, as they are just barely palatable for me. Sorry, but I am old school and I’d love to see someone pickup the pencil and draw like a Colan or a Busema, but anyway the scenes of Galactus consuming a world were awe inspiring and certainly caught the moment perfectly in pencil.

Meanwhile Thor and Sif, dressed up in what I can only term as Power Ranger wanna be gear are traveling down to the root of the world tree, Yggdrasil which was split by Thor when he pulled the all powerful Odinsword from it eternal scabbard and split the world tree. Their quest is to bring back Worldheart from the Root of Everything. Needless to say, mission accomplished, with a bit of help from a very diminutive and reborn Loki, who now is a small child. Oh, the deviousness of a child's mind...there is so much to come from that little man, and none of it good I'll wager!

Okay, so I am coming into another title a little late in the game because of past events, but that doesn’t change the fact that in fairness to this series relaunch ( I guess) I enjoyed the read, and the artwork was tolerable at best for me…you may like it a bit more than I. But as far as the story itself goes, well again it’s only issue #1, and I will be picking up #’s 2 and 3 tomorrow to play a bit of catch up. And I will reveal more.

Sometime next week, look for my fan driven (never mind those critics who know absolutely nothing about the character) review of the Green Lantern movie…in 3D!

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tobey100 5 years ago from Whites Creek, Tennessee

Excellent analysis. Thor was my main guy years back. Great hub.


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animekid 5 years ago from Upstate NY Author

Hi Tobey100.

Thanks for the comment. I really hate to rag on comics, but I find that there is a lot to dislike as of late. DC's total re-boot in September has me somewhat dismayed. The first title is JLA, and it looks to be more of the same, with very minor tweaks. That's going to be another of those wait and see deals. I have to say that the new Hawkman title caught my eye...more due to the cover than content...but still.

Anyway, thanks again for stopping by, and more to come I promise.


Tobey100 5 years ago

Bring it on!


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rjbatty 4 years ago from Irvine

ANIMEDID: I have to agree with almost everything you said -- especially about the comics remaining true to their original form. I was young enough to buy "The Avengers" No. 1 and a few hundred comics after that for "The Avengers" and "The Mighty Thor" who originally appeared in "Journey into Mystery."

The trend in film for authenticity and realism has had a huge impact not just on the costumes but the entire flavour of comic book reading. If I had been the director of the movie, I would have tried harder to keep Thor's Norse helmet, wings and all. I'm of the opinion that comic book heroes SHOULDN'T look like ice skaters. The inside of a comic blasted you with colour, and that was inspiring. It's too bad Jack Kirby isn't still around maybe he would have fought harder to retain the original elements. Stan Lee just seems to be pimping the books, which is really sad.


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animekid 4 years ago from Upstate NY Author

Hi there RJ!

It's actually been quite a while now since I wrote this hub, and have even read a comic. With prices for a comic book steadily climbing, the need to read a comic has unfortunately given way to other more important aspects of life such as eating and paying bills but Thor remains one of my favorite comic heroes and for the moment I guess I will have to make due with reading some of my older comics...there is actually an older prestige format Thor mini-series that I may re-read and do a review here on Comics Eye in the near future.

Thanks for leaving the comment, and as far as Stan the Man goes...I've heard so many different stories of just what he's gotten from his creations and the company he helped create over the years that I don't blame him for trying to just make a sawbuck on some of the heroes he helped to bring to the comics page.

Excelsior!

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