I'm so glad I purchased this. I've been waiting for a complete collection of this for about a year and a half now and I pre-ordered this 3 months ago with my Amazon Prime trial to get release-day delivery. In the end, the wait was definitely worth it.
First off what really makes this collection shine is the relationship between Thor and Jane Foster. The dynamic between these two has never been written better. I actually found it romantic, sweet and I don't want to use this word but honestly I found them adorable. I can't help but smile at the two of them.
That's just one part, the action as well is fun and exciting. Thor is shown as strong, powerful and capable of holding his ground, but he isn't perfect. He's eager to fight, head-strong and can make mistakes. This Thor has a few weaknesses, but it makes it a lot more satisfying when he overcomes the odds that are stacked against him.
The guest-stars in each story are all unique and bring something different to the table for Thor. You get Mr. Hyde, Giant-Man, Warriors-Three, Captain Britain, Namor, Hiemdall/Fing-Fang-Foom, Iron-Man and Captain America. The only disappointing thing is that in the character designs, you could see Langridge had a Hulk story in the works, but the series was unfortunately cancelled and we never got to see that.
Facial-expressions and artwork are fantastic. Many are creative and over the top and you can really see what the character is feeling at that exact moment. Has a very old-school feel to it and the book is meant for all ages, so it was intended. This book put me in a good-mood and I actually plan to go back to it, if I just want to put a smile on my face. I read this after finishing the first 5 issues of Thor: God of Thunder. Those issues are dark and incredible, but this was a great break from the dark colors, seriousness and death.
I don't know how much a non-Thor fan would appreciate this. I also don't know if this book is mature enough for some readers. I'm 18 and I thought this was fun and is a great re-imagining of Thor. I only wish the series would of continued. This is also a perfect way to introduce a younger reader into the world of Thor. It is simple and isn't complex like Gillen's Journey into Mystery series, which is. also incredible. Fun-issues, with touching feel good moments, packed with action and guest-stars!
It's not Simonson or Stan Lee & Jack Kirby, but it's still 5/5 stuff and a great addition to my Thor collection.