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!