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Thor Epic Collection: War of the Pantheons
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 12 November 2013
This a fine addition to Marvel's Epic range, once again collecting a less well known story arc. This book comprises the stories which immediately followed the end of Walt Simonson's highly regarded run on the comic. Inevitably, these stories suffer by comparison but are still solid stories, well worthy of a Thor fan's time. The first three issues are fill in issues and as such are the least interesting stories in this set but its good to see them collected for completists. the first is a flashback to Secret Wars - as that mini-series was my introduction to Marvel I have a soft spot for anything connected to it. Next comes an odd story set in a possible future where a young mullet wearing rebel finds Thor's hammer and is transformed into a bizarre leather and studs costume more suited to Judas Priest than the Mighty Thor. Finally we have a Thor vs Hulk issue. After these disposable one offs we plunge into the meat of the collection as Thor heads into space to battle Celestials and is then caught up in an attempt by the Egyptian god Set to start the titular War of the Pantheons. These issues deserve the tag epic, spanning many worlds and featuring many of the god level characters from Marvel's universe. Ron Frenz's art work is reminiscent of Sal Buscema's and his clean lines and tight storytelling make this a joy to read. Colour and paper quality are both excellent and this collection is great value and essential for any Marvel fan's library
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 February 2014
This is the first Thor release in Marvel's Epic Collection line; it's Volume 16, covering a span of 1987-1989, but fear not, the other volumes are coming - Marvel has just chosen to release them non-chronologically. It's another great collection of classic past issues, and apart from a couple of standalone stories at the start, and a few short bonus tales at the end, reads as one long epic.

The bulk of the material deals with the Egyptian death god Seth's attempt to conquer Asgard, and includes such gems asa lost Thor defending an alien planet from the Celestials, guest appearances from the Avengers, Spider-Man and Daredevil, the first appearance of the future Thunderstrike, Eric Masterson, and, of course, a final epic battle for the fate of the universe. It's heady stuff, and despite pomp and grandeur never becomes portentous rather than fun.

Writer Tom DeFalco's scripts are well-paced, full of great dialogue and succeed in you turning page after page (just one more issue before bed...), as well as having a very classic Marvel feel to them. He is ably supported by Ron Frenz, who pencils most of the issues here. His style is neat and clear, and manages to invoke the spirit of Kirby's classic Thor run while maintaining a very modern (for the eighties, anyway) sensibility. One of the bonus materials in the back of the volume is an interview with the artist, who is perhaps due a reappraisal.

Again, these Epic Collections are well-priced for the amount of material you get, as well as the quality of paper and binding used. The reproductions are very sharp and the colours pop, which make these a perfect way for fans to collect an affordable full run of their favourite character for their bookshelf. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 September 2014
Huge fan of Marvel comics, when they were really the House of Ideas. The current output feels trite, stagnant and seems to exist only to bolster the Movie line. This collection was from a Time when Marvel truly was a creative powerhouse ( That Period I feel was from the Mid 60's to the Mid 80's - by and large ). DeFalco always wrote entertaining stories, and Frenz's art was clean, dynamic and head & shoulders above the people working on the comics today - so much of which is simple and lacks any punch. A joy to re-read these older stories, and enjoy again. I would always search out the Older Marvel stories as an alternative to the rubbish they are pushing out now. Thanks for bringing these to the Market - wish they were a tad cheaper to own.....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A great collection of tales from 1987-1988 collecting all 18 issues from Thor 383 to the super-sized 400th issue.
Starting with Asgard adrift in space after Bifrost was damaged this volume largely concentrates on a threat from the Egyptian God Seth.
Also thrown into the mix are various Celtic Gods, the secret of the gigantic Celestials and a few minor menaces with Quicksand and Mongoose with guest appearances by Spider-Man, Daredevil and the Avengers with the new stateless Captain America and the Black Knight playing major roles.
The Epic collections are a reasonably priced way to collect many of the classic Marvel tales
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on 8 May 2015
Classic comics are the best
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