Review: Ultimate Thor #1

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Three periods of Thor's life are explored here: when he was a teenager battling Frost giants, when he was protecting Asgard from Nazis as an adult and when he was imprisoned by Captain Britain as an exile. 
 

The Good

It might sound odd to say that a book like this gives me a sense of nostalgia, but it honestly does. Hickman's terse writing, Pacheco's cinematic art and the sensible modernization/streamlining of long-establish elements of the Marvel universe bring me back to what was so exciting about the Ultimate line in the first place. Whether it's the real-world research backing Thor's floortop recreation of the Eddas or a depiction of Baron Zemo that's much more plausible (and thus, far creepier) than how he's traditionally been depicted... this is one of those rare comics that delivers on the high-concept concept and eye candy while still having such verisimilitude that it feels realer than few comics I've read.
 

The Bad

Not much, except that the frost giants looked a little silly wearing the SS uniforms at the end.  I can't imagine there being tailors crafty enough to sew outfits that are that enormous.

The Verdict - 5/5

I'm going to put this over the cliff for the rating because it represents a return to what I enjoyed so much about the Ultimate line. I feel like the line's lost its way a little, but this comic feels like an old blade that's been sharpened in a way you didn't think was possible. I really hope this is a sign of more to come in the Ultimate universe.
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#1  Edited By ckal

Whoa, nice. Glad you really enjoyed it. I've never read any Ultimate stuff, but I  might have to check this one out.

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#2  Edited By Altar

ultimate universe is amazing! glad to see this was good, ill have to check it out.

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#3  Edited By jefprice

I agree with you completely, this book was what the ultimate line was created for.

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#4  Edited By Pizawle

Glad I decided to pick it up. It is my first Ultimate book and the only reason I was even interested was because the brilliant Johnathan Hickman is penning it. Great to hear such a positive reaction to it.

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#5  Edited By sora_thekey

So what you are saying is that this is Ultimate Comics going back to it's roots...
I have to read this then!

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#6  Edited By goldenkey

glad to see some focus is on the Ultimate U again.  It's actually the reason I got into a lot of the 616 characters.  I never like any of the Avengers or the FF before reading the Ultimate versions but that had to do a lot with Millar writing them.
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#7  Edited By tensor

love the stories for ultimate keep up the good work marvel

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#8  Edited By LiquidSwords

Might have to pick this up. Been out of the loop with Marvel

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#9  Edited By cbishop

2 things: 
1) Is that Thor's regular hammer, in the Ultimate U? 
and 
2) Is that picture from the first issue?

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#10  Edited By Ry Fryy

Bearded Thor ftw!

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#11  Edited By Captain Tick
@cbishop said:
"

2 things: 
1) Is that Thor's regular hammer, in the Ultimate U? 
and 
2) Is that picture from the first issue?

"

Regarding your first point, yeap that is Thor's regular hammer in the Ultimate U. Pretty cool if you ask me and i much prefer it to the 616 version.
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#12  Edited By cbishop
@Captain Tick said:
"Regarding your first point, yeap that is Thor's regular hammer in the Ultimate U. Pretty cool if you ask me and i much prefer it to the 616 version. "

Thanks.  I think it's cool looking too.
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#13  Edited By Ry Fryy

Just picked this up and read it.. LOVED IT.  This could up being my favourite series out now.

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