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5.0 out of 5 stars The Mightiest Thor Story Ever Written, 16 Aug. 2011
This review is from: Thor the Mighty Avenger - Volume 1 (Paperback)
Thor is confusing. Lets get that out of the way. Years of conflicting continuity destroyed him. The Mighty Avenger goes back and produces a story the hybridises the early Lee/Kirby era with the new movie for the best Thor story ever written. I believe Chris Samnee said the biggest difference in this is that their Thor smiled and what a difference it makes! This is Jane Foster's Thor. A Thor not seen in decades. The sweet, happy, romantic, warrior goliath in love with the kindest, funniest, bravest mortal woman. Its a formula that works, a formula that has been lost in favour of blood, tears and women who have little more to them than a sword and a sexuality.

Lets get into the specifics of The Mighty Avenger. This contains 4 issues of the run with the other 4 issues in the following volume. Samnee proves himself a master of the comics form and I have no doubt he will go down as one of the greats. The art is vibrant and expressive. In particular I love his realism. Shocking for someone with such a clean style but he knows that we all make the most unattractive faces sometimes and his characters are not afraid to show that.

The writing is diverse. From the heartwarming romance and friendship to the plot strands that interweave perfectly. Everything is pitched just right. The characters are deeper than most comic characters. Jane especially as this is told from her point of view. Jane Foster has had a rough ride at marvel comics. As an everywoman she has often been shunted away so writers can relish in the glory of Asgard and its fantasy. She was replaces as Thor's primary love interest for this very reason. Her biography has become something of a tragedy so its wonderful to see a Jane with the light in her eyes and her hope still intact. She has finally been able to adapt and modernise here and its spectacular. All it took was some attention, love and care that Marvel can't seem to be bothered to show her in the main universe. This Jane would definitely rank as one of the best Marvel women ever written. She has a life outside of all this madness and she keeps it despite all the amazing things that happen around her. Its important to her. For those with a more solid grasp of Jane's history, this is definitely more of the Gerry Conway/ Dan Jurgens/ JMS Jane than the more sexist interpretations of the character.

Thor is younger than usual here. Both he and Jane I would say are in their mid 20's (by human standards of course). He is in a world he doesn't understand and can't get home. He has displeased his father so much his actions have been rendered unspeakable. Its a journey into mystery indeed! There is no macho aesthetic here that dominates the regular Thor. He's smaller in muscle, he's dumbfounded by the world around him and he cooks dinner. In the words of Volstagg 'He's asking directions like a woman'. We see Thor learn true humility in this hopeless situation. This Thor is reminicent of the very earliest Thor who was a hopeless romantic, unafraid to soar through the air proclaiming his love for Jane.

In this first volume we meet the adorable couple of Wasp and Ant Man who follow up on a murder only to find a mind altered Thor ready to attack. We also see the Warrior's Three, in what is the funniest single issue I have ever read. Thor has friends he can just be friends with. They go for a drink and hilarity ensues.

Now, if only Marvel would sprinkle some of this gold dust on their main universe. We may get a readable, relatable Thor who we can root for.
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Initial post: 19 Dec 2011 12:04:05 GMT
academe says:
I must agree here - lack of continuity ruined the title, not only in its eponymous form, but also the various off-shoots. And now they have 'killed' him AGAIN in The Mighty Thor! Is this only to revive our Asgardian hero as the new Avengers movie approaches? It seems that the advent of the blockbuster superhero movie has convinced someone at Marvel that unless something makes mega-bucks right off the blocks it has to go, but this could have built into something really special if left to develop naturally; building blocks for future storylines are in there, and looked good *sigh*.
I, for one, have stopped buying the main title and will just happily re-read these two volumes. The message at the end of this book says it all...
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