I'm kind of annoyed by Modern Marvel authors tendency of writing Thor and the people of Asgard either as average joes from the streets with a potty mouth who happen to be from another realm or as condescending parody of viking warriors obsessed with alcohol. This despite that for many years the asgardians were depicted as noble and larger than life people with a hammy shakesperean dialect peppered with thees and thous.
Characters like Thor shouldn't say cringe things like ''i'm the god of f****ng thunder'' or ''give me more Odin-damned giants!''
This is how Thor should talk: ''Mayhap the enchanted mallet of Thor was overmatched against thee before! But when evil doth loom over the light of life, where innocents beyond measure are imperiled, there shall the scion of Asgard be found! For honor, for glory, for Asgard, for life i bid thee FALL!''
I haven't bought a Thor comic since Cates assassinated the character of Galactus, so I'm not here to comment on any specific narrative or story, but the last time I did was Aaron's run on Thor, and while it was entertaining in parts I just noticed that he (and Marvel writers in general) wants to tell a grounded human story using mythological/magical/superhuman characters. Whereas other writers take on Thor (or any other powerful character with a sci-fi or fantasy background) seeking to write a story about Asgardian characters interacting and benfriending regular humans and dealing with uber powerful villains. It's one thing to inject human or humanistic elements in a fantasy adventure story, it's another to treat said characters as basically regular people who happen to have powers. It's how I feel about MCU Thor as well. He doesn't seem like a mystical , godly knight with crazy powers and poetic dialect, but rather a goofy dudebro who happens to be a powerful alien*. I think Aaron mostly built his run off of Matt Fraction's previous work. Fraction sort of turned Thor and Odin into brutish and thuggish boors with anger issues and a potty mouth, whereas JM Strackzinsky's Thor was a modernized take on classic Thor. Similar proper speech pattern (not quite Shakespearean though), quite powerful and examining the impact of Asgardian gods living among humans. Only issue I had was bringing Asgard to Oklahoma at the time, though we'll never know how JMS would have concluded his run and where he would've taken Thor afterward. Everything after 2010 has made me really appreciate Dan Jurgens' pretty good run on Thor from 1998-2004 that often gets overlooked. Just, ugh, just skip the part with the clone of Thanos (big Jim Starlin fan here).
* It's also how i feel about Aaron's Thanos Rising story.
Honestly, i think Odin should have stayed dead. His heroic sacrifice to defeat Surtur in Jurgens run was a great and emotional ending for the character, but ever since Fraction brought him back, he has been portrayed as a douchebag redneck and an incompetent fool in spite of decades worth of comic books depicting Odin as a harsh but fundamentally wise, benevolent and all-powerful king. (his appearance in a recent issue of the new Beta Ray Bill series, working in a tavern with a beer belly and dressed like a truck driver was awful)
How did we went from Thor being a larger than life and knightly hero to an alcoholic emo barbarian who instantly buys the ''gorr was right'' thing?
Thor literally saved the whole freakin universe more times than Jean Grey died and frequently helps humans but somehow he should feel unworthy of any love, gratitude or praise… and I’m totally supposed to buy this s*** and give my money to Marvel.
Kiss my shiny metal *** Aaron. You and the other post-modern deconstructivism lovers like Rian Johnson hellbent on making every heroic character look like a depressed failure.