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This review is from: Thor Epic Collection: War of the Pantheons (Paperback)
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.