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review: The Mighty Thor (vol. 1)

The Mighty Thor, Vol. 1, by Fraction, Coipel.

Thor and Sif dive to the center of Yggdrisil to retrieve the Worldheart for reasons, Thor sustains a magical wound, a very large dude shows up intent on eating the Worldheart and/or Earth, and kid!Loki has a quest.

Thor is far from my favorite Marvel movie, and big, blond, and burly is not a physical type that does much for me, but nonetheless Chris Hemsworth brings a whole lot of charm and humor to the role of Thor, and I enjoy watching him on screen. I don’t see any of that charm or humor here. I’d have to read more to know if this is a problem with the writing of this particular book or if I just prefer the movie incarnation across the board, but there is nothing about Thor here here that I enjoy. He’s the stalwart hero played completely straight.

Elsewhere in the volume, the art is unremarkable, I had trouble following the worldbuilding and the significance of the action, Volstaag the Humorous is a one-note joke played too often, and Sif gets nothing to do. Also, both her diving armor and her space armor have boob cups. >:( For that matter, the only other women in the entire five-issue volume were a trio of witch sisters who got two pages for plot purposes and a pregnant woman who had a couple of lines across two pages whose inclusion I found completely bewildering; I couldn’t figure out what any of the characters in those pages had to do with anything else in the volume.

The one bit that I did enjoy was kid!Loki on his quest to save Thor from death (which I gather was foretold, or something). I have no context for why Loki is a child here, but he’s 100% sympathetic in this volume. I totally felt for him.

Even so, there is nothing in the vibe, worldbuilding, or characters of this of enough interest to keep me reading. Even if there were, the second volume, which I also picked up from the library, seems to have come after some big crossover event, which means I wouldn’t be continuing on from this volume’s events. Feh.

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Jul. 24th, 2013 03:02 pm (UTC)
Heee! Well, I do like those panels very much. But given what you say, I may quit trying with Thor, as I was never deeply interested in him or Asgard to begin with.
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Jul. 25th, 2013 05:27 am (UTC)
Like, the entire run, or do you have particular arcs or writer/artist eras you recommend?
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Jul. 26th, 2013 07:44 pm (UTC)
Noted! I will put it on my list. :)
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Jul. 26th, 2013 08:55 pm (UTC)
HAH. Excellent.
Jul. 24th, 2013 04:58 pm (UTC)
I used to enjoy Thor back in the dark ages (ie. the 1980s) when there was a very well written arc by a writer/artist called Walt Simonson. I've no idea what his book has been like since.

Women wearing armour with boobs is pretty much standard in the comics world, I fear, or it certainly used to be.
Jul. 25th, 2013 05:29 am (UTC)
For some reason I was more offended by the boob armor IN SPACE and UNDERWATER than just walking around. I'm not sure why; maybe just because I hadn't gotten used to the idea yet. :P

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