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Review: Thor: First Thunder #1

This really stresses how convoluted some classic origins are.

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Thor's origin is retold from the very beginning, when Dr. Donald Blake was just a lowly American tourist vacationing in the mountains of Norway who just happened to stumble upon some aliens.
 

The Good

I enjoyed the narration that Glass gives Blake at the beginning - -  you could hear the echoes of Thor's own conflicts with Odin in this lowly doctors' recollections of his conflicts with his father. It was also intriguing to see the Hulk-style multiple personality angle that Glass puts on the relationship between Thor and Blake. I don't know if I've ever seen the reconciliation of the two parties ever explored in modern continuity.
 

The Bad

I'm a huge fan of both Huat and Villarrubbia, but this is yet another book whose art has been compromised by the lack of an inker. I really wish there was a ban on this kind of thing, because I know the pencils and the colors were great, but the whole experience is diminished because I feel like I'm looking at these pages through a muddy glass.  Also, like the recent Avengers Origins mini, this issue just reinforces how convoluted a lot of Marvel origins were in the 60s. The aliens have nothing to do with Asgardians, yet they're the one who just incidentally happen to be there to instigate Thor's rebirth. I wish a little more license were taken to update this.

The Verdict - 3/5

The issue's a bit of mixed bag. Blake's definitely a likable character and I know the talents involved are excellent creators... but this issue's a bit muddy. The art needs an inker, like I said, and considering that the back-up feature shows just how closely this sticks to original stories, I really think this could've used some streamlining. The aliens just didn't fit into the mythic narrative. But I am really intrigued to see how the potential identity crisis between Thor and Blake develops.

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I just scanned this at the shop, cause I'm a bit overwhelmed by ALL the Thor titles.  And ANOTHER retold origin story?  Wasn't there a retold origin story in Thor the Mighty Avenger?  I never thought I'd say this, but I'm fast reaching Thor overload here. :(

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Edited By Omega Ray Jay

Thor: For Asgard was much better than i expected last week, beautiful art and a cracking story. I was put off this because of the retelling of the origin story, as good at it is i wanted other types of Thor stories.

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Rheged, it's no surprise to see an influx of Thor-related books what with the movie coming to the silver screen in May 2011.  
 
As for the origin story, THOR: FIRST THUNDER is a modern interpretation of the early Journey Into Mystery stories: 
 
Bryan J. L. Glass: "They're not truly reboots, but my instruction was to go back to the original - they gave me the first 12 issues of 'Journey into Mystery' - and cherry pick out of here what leaps out and what strikes your fantasy and give us the defining first year of Thor's existence."     
 
While THOR, THE MIGHTY AVENGER is an all-ages title which exists in it's own early-Marvel history continuity, seperate from the mainstream Marvel U. stuff: 
 
Roger Landridge: " Like I said, it's a book for people who either have zero familiarity with Thor and/or the Marvel Universe, or people who have been away from it for a really long time. So the 'classic' take seems entirely the right way to go. Minimal catch-up required. Also, it kind of has to be an early version. We start off with a world without Thor at the beginning of issue #1, so presumably there are no Avengers yet, no Captain America. This version of the Marvel Universe is growing before our eyes. And if Thor is only one of a handful of super-beings, instead of one among hundreds, it makes him that little bit more special, too."

 

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the only Thor book I need is the main title. Its soooooo good.

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@Omega Ray Jay:   Thor For Asgard is gorgeous!  And if all these new Thor books were in that vein -- new stories, good writing, gorgeous art -- I'd be happily drowning in all Thor books.
 
@BrianKnippenberg said:

Rheged, it's no surprise to see an influx of Thor-related books what with the movie coming to the silver screen in May 2011.  
 
As for the origin story, THOR: FIRST THUNDER is a modern interpretation of the early Journey Into Mystery stories:

I'm not surprised to see all the Thor books, I'm eagerly awaiting the movie myself.  I understand Marvel thinks it needs to explain things for newbies, but I'm not a newbie, and I'm just tired of seeing the same story over and over.  I'd rather have seen them spend the effort and pages on something new, like a Tales of Asgard anthology with stories on any Asgardian from any time period or a Warriors Three ongoing ... or even mini-series.
 
Thanks for explaining the differences in those two books.  I was waffling on Thor the Mighty Avengers, but now that I know it isn't in continuity, I can wait for the trade.
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Thor's my favourite Marvel hero, but I've never read a single one of his comics, now I've got something new to pick up. I hope this series goes on for a while.
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It certainly seems to be the time for all things "Thor" now in the lead up to the 2011 movie. The proliferation of comics, games, figurines and various other artefacts. Are they overdoing it onthe comics side? maybe?

I can recall a time not so long ago when it was the opposite. Michael Oeming had finished his magnificent "Rune Thor" comic book series and there was a long hiatus before JMS took over for a while as comic book writer for Thor.

During that "hiatus" about the only thing being written on Marvel Thor were my various fan fiction stories. You can still enjoy them. Just scroll down below my author profile and you will see over 40 fan fiction stories here:

http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1276881/David_Scholes     
 
Cheers

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I am glad I saw this review before going up to the comic shop today or I probably would have picked this up.

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Is this series canon?